More complaints over BBC's analysis of William and Harry at funeral

The BBC has defended its analysis of the royal siblings William and Harry at Prince Philip’s funeral after receiving further complaints about their coverage.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex were part of a funeral procession behind his coffin on a specially designed Land Rover hearse and were filmed as they left the service side by side with Prince William’s wife Kate at Windsor Castle.

A “focus of interest” follows an alleged argument between the brothers after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle sat down for an extensive interview with Oprah Winfrey in the United States. The mirror reports.

The broadcaster said it had received complaints about the comment made about the relationship between the men – but insisted that its coverage was “a legitimate, impartial and proportionate part of coverage of this story”.

Earlier this month, Ofcom received 110,000 complaints about “excessive” coverage by the BBC announcing the death of the Queen’s husband.

“We have received complaints from unfortunate people that Nicholas Witchell was offering analysis of the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge when covering the funeral of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh,” a BBC read Explanation.

“Our royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, gave a detailed account of the funeral of HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It reflected its historical and national importance, remembered the life and achievements of the Duke and also examined what that moment was for The Royal meant family.

“The relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William has been a focus of interest over the past few weeks.

“In this regard, Nicholas offered an analysis of the impact of this solemn event on the royal family and what can be understood from the current family relationships observed at the funeral.

“This was a legitimate, impartial, and proportionate part of reporting this story.”

It follows previous complaints in BBC coverage of Prince Philip’s death at the age of 99.

Programs were suspended and the broadcaster deleted its non-news schedule to run dedicated programs.

At the time, the BBC said, “We acknowledge that some viewers were unhappy with the level of coverage and this affected the BBC One’s billed schedule.

“We don’t make such changes without careful consideration and the choices we make reflect the role the BBC plays as a national broadcaster in moments of national importance.

“We are grateful for any feedback and always listen to the reactions of our audience.”


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