The Queen has united with Prince Charles and Prince William in a threat to boycott the BBC over a documentary alleging vicious briefing wars between members of the Royal Family.

The Palace is furious that the Corporation has refused to let it see The Princes And The Press before it airs on BBC2 tomorrow, and says it will refuse to co-operate on future projects unless it is given a right to respond.

Last night, a senior royal source condemned the documentary as ‘tittle-tattle’ and said the row over the programme had left the 95-year-old Monarch ‘upset’.

The Queen has united with Prince Charles and Prince William in a threat to boycott the BBC over a documentary alleging vicious briefing wars between members of the Royal Family. Prince Harry and Prince William pictured on July 1 this year at the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue in Kensington Palace

Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen have threatened to boycott BBC because of a BBC documentary that alleges vicious briefing warfares among members the Royal Family. Prince Harry and Prince William were pictured at the unveiling in Kensington Palace of Princess Diana’s statue on July 1, this year.

The film is presented by Amol Rajan – a self-declared republican who has described the Monarchy as ‘absurd’.

In a highly unusual move, the three most senior Royals have joined together to complain to the Corporation – and threatened a ‘tri-household’ boycott if it goes ahead with the programme as planned.

Despite a series of meetings between Prince William’s representatives and the Corporation, the source said the BBC was still refusing to show the programme to courtiers before broadcast. 

A Palace source said: ‘There is upset about it. This is unfair. No one at the Palace has seen it.’

The BBC says the two-part programme will provide ‘context’ for William and Harry’s relationship with the media.

But while Palace insiders say ‘we’ll judge it when we’ve seen it’, sources believe the film will suggest that the brothers – or advisers working for them – ‘briefed against each other’ to the media and want a fair right to reply.

For the Princes, the allegation that William instructed Harry to instruct courtiers in slandering each other in media is very sensitive. The Princes fought back to prevent the exact same allegation being made in another documentary this year.

Claims by Omid Scobie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographer, that Prince William and his staff had leaked a story about Prince Harry’s mental health were cut from the primetime documentary Harry And William: What Went Wrong? The documentary was broadcast hours earlier on ITV, July.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales walk to the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion to mark the start of the official planting season for the Queen's Green Canopy in October this year

The official start of Queen Elizabeth II’s planting season in October is marked by the Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth II walking to Balmoral Cricket Pavilion

The media speculation surrounding the brother relationship was rampant for over a year. Harry, however, revealed their full rift in South Africa during his 2019 tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a revealing interview during the trip to ITV’s Tom Bradby in which Meghan claimed that no one in the Royal Family had asked if she was ‘OK’ with her new role.

Harry could barely conceal his disagreements with his brother, saying of William: ‘We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and I know he will always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

‘The majority of stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.’

Although they disagreed over many issues, the princes agreed on one thing: the matter of their press operations.

Although it was claimed previously that one office briefed the media, they continue to deny this.

It is understood that unless Monday’s documentary removes these allegations, the three households have threatened to withdraw co-operation for future BBC projects such as interviews or documentaries. This would be a significant change in the relationship between the Royal Family of the BBC. The BBC screened an obituary to Prince Philip earlier this year, and broadcast Earthshot which is a series on climate change. Prince William presented the five-part series.

The BBC is also part of a rota system, shared with ITV and Sky, to film the Queen’s Christmas speech.

The relationship was tested throughout the years. In 2007, the BBC was forced to apologise to the Queen after admitting it ‘misrepresented’ her by implying she stormed out of a photoshoot.

William attacked the BBC with a furious attack in May after the BBC failed to properly handle the Martin Bashir interview he did with Princess Diana.

This latest row follows several allegations that the BBC is biased towards the Left. With the Corporation embroiled in tense negotiations with the Government over the future of the licence fee after the end of the current Royal Charter in 2027, director-general Tim Davie has promised that the BBC will meet ‘the highest standards’ of impartiality in future.

Princes William and Harry set aside their differences at the event in July to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday

On Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, Princes William (and Harry) put aside differences and unveiled a new Statue of Mother Diana.

Mr Rajan, a presenter for Radio 4’s Today programme and one of the frontrunners to succeed Laura Kuenssberg as the BBC’s next political editor, wrote in 2012: ‘When I write about our absurd Monarchy, the really stupid stuff comes flying in. So today, in order to save some of you precious time, I thought I’d do some clarifying.

‘The stupidest thing said about republicanism is that republicans lack patriotism. I’ve said a few times before here, and will doubtless say again: I’m not a republican despite being a patriot, I’m a republican because I’m a patriot.

‘I love my country and want it to be a place where any boy or girl could grow up to be our head of state, not one where Charles Windsor is appointed by birthright.’

A senior BBC insider told this newspaper last night that there were ‘always bumps in the road on productions like this’ but managers at the Corporation had agreed that it did not breach any of the BBC’s editorial guidelines on impartiality.

The source added: ‘You can’t make a documentary about royal journalism without mentioning briefings. It doesn’t point the finger at any individuals.’

Advance publicity for the programme, which airs at 9pm tomorrow, says it will document the years in which the Cambridges and the Sussexes ‘have charted very different courses in their relationship with the media’.

Mr Rajan conducted more than 80 hours of interviews, speaking to ‘the journalists who were covering the story, then found themselves becoming part of it’.

The first hour-long episode covers the years following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 ‘and the positive media reaction to the emergence of a new generation of Royals’ up to the 2018 marriage of Harry and Meghan.

A BBC spokesman said last night: ‘The programme is about how royal journalism is done and features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry.’

This is the latest chapter in the saga of Palace’s relationship with BBC 

Kate Mansey

The relationship between the Royal households and the BBC has become increasingly strained in recent years following a series of rows over the Corporation’s conduct.

Perhaps most infamously, the BBC was forced to apologise to the Queen in 2007 for ‘misrepresenting’ her in a documentary. Journalists were shown a clip from A Year With The Queen in which celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was seen asking the Queen to remove her crown so the shot would look ‘less dressy’.

Her Majesty was shown replying: ‘Less dressy? What do you think this is?’

The following scene showed her walking away and complaining to an aide: ‘I’m not changing anything. I’ve done enough dressing like this, thank you very much.’

BBC1’s controller at the time, Peter Fincham, said: ‘Annie Leibovitz gets it slightly wrong and the Queen walks out in a huff.’

The Queen actually had already made comments prior to the request for her crown to be removed and the sequence was altered to falsely indicate that the Queen fled the session.

Video grabbed image taken from BBC1's A Year with the Queen programme of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arriving for a photo shoot with America's most famous celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The BBC had wrongly suggested the video showed her angrily storming out in 2007

The video grabbed an image from BBC1’s A Year with the queen programme. It shows Queen Elizabeth II of Britain arriving at Annie Leibovitz, America’s most well-known celebrity photographer. Incorrectly, the BBC suggested that she was seen in angrily storming off in 2007.

Five years later, when Frank Gardner was tasked with covering the Corporation’s security incident, Frank Gardner presented a conversation during which Frank Gardner recalled that Monarch Had told him she had spoken to the Home Secretary in order to get the release of Abu Hamza.

Gardner stated that Queen Elizabeth had told him directly she was horrified Hamza would not be taken into custody despite his anti-British views as an imam at Finsbury Park’s North London mosque. The BBC wrote to the Queen to express regret for the ‘wholly inappropriate’ broadcast.

Hamza currently serves a life sentence in America.

Earlier this year, Prince William condemned the BBC over its failure to investigate the ‘deceitful behaviour’ of its journalist Martin Bashir to obtain an explosive Panorama interview with his late mother, Princess Diana, in 1995.

In a withering statement to reporters after an investigation by Lord Dyson exposed the Corporation’s shameful cover-up of Bashir’s activities, William said: ‘If the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.

‘She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.’

For decades, tensions have been brewing between the BBC (and the Royal Family) It is believed that the Queen regretted agreeing in 1969 to air a fly on-the-wall documentary. This included footage of Prince Charles water-skiing and Balmoral barbecue. The 105-minute film was locked away, reportedly at the Monarch’s request, but re-appeared briefly on YouTube in January before being removed.

Charging through the BBC ranks, it’s ‘Amol Nitrate’ 

Chris Hastings and Glen Owen

Amol Rajan is the ubiquitous BBC presenter who has been described by envious colleagues as having ‘the sharpest elbows in Broadcasting House’.

Dubbed ‘Amol Nitrate’, because of his energetic and irrepressible nature, 38-year-old Rajan has risen through the ranks at warp speed – and is being tipped internally to succeed the Corporation’s all-powerful political editor Laura Kuenssberg when she steps down at the turn of the year.

At a time when white middle-aged broadcast veterans such as the BBC’s Andrew Marr and Sky’s Adam Boulton are ‘seeking new challenges’, republican Rajan has come to symbolise the changing of the media guard.

Earlier this year, he ruffled the feathers of another BBC veteran, the Today Programme’s Nick Robinson, when he was added to the roster of the Radio 4 programme.

Robinson, 58, objected, telling managers that the ‘optics’ of appointing a fifth presenter at a time of budget cuts to programmes looked bad for the Corporation.

Yet Rajan won plaudits for his honesty when he confessed that he had a ‘full-on panic attack’ the night before his first appearance on the programme in May. He described how he had ‘worked myself up into a frenzy, catastrophising… had three massive rums and a bit else. One hour kip. At 3.45 Survived’.

SHARP ELBOWS: The corporation’s media editor Amol Raja

SHARP ELBOWS: The corporation’s media editor Amol Raja

The reference to ‘a bit else’ sparked speculation that he had smoked marijuana, as he is known to be an advocate of legalising cannabis and other drugs. However, he later clarified that the reference to ‘a bit more’ was actually about sleeping pills.

Rajan’s jocular style raised hackles this month while interviewing BBC colleague John Simpson, who was reporting from Afghanistan. He told the veteran correspondent: ‘Keep going out there, mate.’

Rajan also doubles as the BBC’s media editor and has stood in for Zoe Ball and Jeremy Vine on their popular Radio 2 shows.

He also has stints presenting BBC1’s The One Show and Radio 4’s Start The Week under his belt and, in a breathless press release earlier this year, the Corporation said he was due to host a series of interviews on BBC2 with ‘high-profile global guests who are shaping the way we live today’.

Sources claim that the BBC bosses value the father of two, who is known for wearing an earring in his left side ear, because of how he appeals to young listeners and viewers.

At the tender age of 3, he arrived in the UK and was brought up in Tooting.

After completing his studies at Cambridge University, Rajan began his media career. After a stint as a day-time TV researcher, Rajan joined The Independent newspaper, where he worked as a news reporter, sports correspondent and columnist before becoming the title’s editor at the age of just 29.

He joined the BBC in December 2016, months after The Independent’s print edition closed. One BBC source said in March: ‘The BBC’s management is dazzled by Rajan, and seem to think that every big job has to go to him. His magnificent vanity is tied up in a grotesque false modesty, allied to an acute understanding of power plays.’

Rajan is married to Charlotte Faircloth, an associate professor at University College London’s Institute of Education, whose books include Militant Lactivism? Attachment Parenting in France and France.

Both met at Cambridge and she went on to get a PhD in socio anthropology. Now, the couple lives in London, with Winston and their daughter Jamaica.

Rajan is a long-time cricket fan and has been playing for Authors XI alongside Tom Holland (history) and Peter Frankopan (history). In 2013 he published Twirleymen which tells the story of spin bowlers.

Rajan is a Twitter user with 100,000 followers. He doesn’t hesitate to respond to critics. When one described him as a rude boy – slang for lawless urban youth – because of his earring and dress sense, he replied: ‘Of course I’m a rude boy, mate. My daughter’s name is Jamaica.’