In the 1960s, the royal family welcomed BBC cameras behind closed doors for a year.
They soon regretted this decision.
The eye-catching document, aptly titled “The Royal Family,” premiered in June 1969 and was so poorly received by the family – the monarch reportedly found it “too intrusive” that it was reportedly banned from ever being aired again.
The program aimed to show the daily life of members of the royal family including Prince Philip, the Queen, who died on Thursday aged 96, and their children Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and King Charles III ( then known as Prince Charles).
Other scenes showed the monarch on official engagements, her travels around the Commonwealth and her speeches to dignitaries.
It even included a private family moment that saw them barbecuing at Balmoral Castle, their vast country estate in Scotland.
The late Duke of Edinburgh – who died last April – commissioned the documentary to make the family seem less like an ancestral dynasty. The monarch was “initially unsure” about allowing the cameras into their homes, according to the Mirror.
The almost two-hour film was seen by 30 million people in 1969 and has been seen by 350 million people worldwide.
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It wasn’t until 2021 that the film was released on YouTube for fans and historians alike to analyze and watch. It is not known who posted the long-lost footage.
Princess Anne, 72, previously spoke about her dissatisfaction with the film, saying: “I never liked the idea of the royal family film. I always thought that was a bad idea. You just didn’t want the attention you got as a child anymore. The last thing you needed was better access.”
Netflix’s The Crown even dramatized the onset of the ordeal during the Season 3 episode Bubbikins.
The episode addressed the company’s creation of the film as a PR exercise to create more positive public opinion.
“We’re being filmed on TV. People may be watching us at home on their own television sets. It really explores new depths of banality,” Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret remarked on the show.
“I would prefer to be private and out of sight, hidden and out of sight, for our own sanity and survival,” Olivia Colmans told Queen Elizabeth in another shot. “That [royal family must use] Mystery and protocol, not to separate us, but to keep us alive.”
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