Palace and the Press

Held To Account

Season 1, Episode 2 of 4

The Royals may consider the tabloids to be a nuisance, an intrusion or even an outright menace but there's no denying the role of the popular press when it comes to holding the House of Windsor to account. Whether they're lifting the lid on royal infidelity or exposing misuses of taxpayer's money, the tabloids are dogged in their pursuit of the story. A fact the Royals know only too well. From investigating Princess Margaret's lavish lifestyle, to raising questions about Charles suitability to be King and uncovering Prince Andrew's association with a convicted pedophile, the tabloids have been there to scrutinize every scandal and royal misdeed. When the Royals abuse their enormous privilege, the papers are there to take them to task. From undercover stings with journalists dressed as Fake Sheiks to paparazzi shots of a topless Duchess having her toes sucked by her illicit lover, these scandals have increased newspaper circulation and rocked the establishment. This episode offers a rare insight into journalists' minds as they explain how they secured some of the most shocking stories of recent times, and how these tabloid tales have shaped the public's opinion of the Royal Family.

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