Palace and the Press

Young Royals Under Fire

Season 1, Episode 3 of 4

In the often-complicated relationship between the Palace and the Press, there's one group of royals who have had to play perhaps the cleverest game of all. The young generation has grown up surrounded by the glare of the cameras and the prying eyes of the tabloid journalist. They have been taught by the Palace PR machine how to try to keep a healthy balance between their public image and their private lives. It is a press education that has made them more media savvy than any of the other royals as they strive to stay in control of their press life and hold the balance of power. Some young royals, like Prince William, play the game perfectly and have become masters of the media. Others, like Harry, have fared less well, learning the hard way that when you trip up in life as a front line royal, the papers will pounce on you with relish. In this episode we explore that see sawing relationship, the power game between a young royal generation who know how to give as good as they get, and a hungry press constantly pushing to regain the upper hand in their search for ever more tantalizing stories. It's a story that takes us from baby William, to little Archie and the all the young royals in between. We explore their differing fortunes with the press, the dramatic tabloid tales that emerged as they grew up and the many twists and turns in this grand battle royale. Who will come out on top in this latest showdown between the royals and the red tops?

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