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Prince Charles Furious? BBC Documentary on Royals, Media Postponed

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In this November 20, 1995 file photo, Princess Diana is interviewed by the BBC's Martin Bashir (R) in the current affairs program, Panorama. (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 04:01 PM

Prince Charles is said to be "furious" over the situation surrounding a postponed BBC documentary about the royal family and the media called "Reinventing the Royals."

London’s Sunday Times said sources indicated Prince Charles was irate over the public relations spectacle created by two media advisors to the royal family.

The BBC said the documentary, which was supposed to air Monday, was delayed because they were having problems accessing archived footage, the Daily Mail reported.

But indications are the situation is all about a fight between Sally Osman, director of communications for Buckingham Palace, and Kristina Kyriacou, a media advisor to Prince Charles, the Mail said.

Osman is friends with BBC reporter Steve Hewlett, who is putting the documentary together, but bad blood between the Royals and Hewlett is a problem, the Mail said. Hewlett was involved with Princess Diana’s adultery confession that went public on Panorama in the mid-1990s.

A source told the Times that Hewlett was requesting footage and no one had asked what the BBC documentary was going to be about.

“There are still people who think of (Hewlett) as this incredibly toxic person. The Prince of Wales is furious with the way this has been handled and Osman's role in it,” the source told the Times.

Osman and Kyriacou are fighting it out about the situation, with Kyriacou allegedly behind the decision to withhold the archived footage, the Mail said.

A Guardian commentary said “Reinventing the Royals,” which is about the royal family’s relationship with media, particularly after Princess Diana’s death, just may show that Prince Charles isn’t following the hands-off attitude of his mother.

“I can just about understand why Prince Charles wanted to stop a documentary about the PR tactics he employed to recover his reputation after the death of Princess Diana,” Nick Cohen wrote on the Guardian. “It would have made him look like a politician running for office rather than an heir apparent, who expects to become sovereign of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth states by the modern equivalent of divine right.”

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