Prince Harry & William participated in a documentary tribute for Prince Philip


One of my favorite parts of this year was the British media behaving as if Prince Harry was the only royal grandchild who mattered to both Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The purpose of the months-long campaign was to lay a guilt trip on Harry and somehow, in their peabrains, “force” Harry to come back. But what the British media ended up doing was making it sound like Harry was the only grandchild beloved by Liz and Phil, and that his trip back to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral was the most significant royal drama since he took his family away from that toxic island. Well, the BBC has put together yet another documentary “tribute” to Philip and wouldn’t you know? The biggest headline is that Harry agreed to an on-camera interview about his grandfather. Whispering: William was also included.

Both Prince William and Prince Harry are set to honor their recently passed grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in a new BBC-produced televised documentary.

The upcoming special program, titled Prince Philip: The Family Remembers, will feature all eight of Queen Elizabeth II’s adult grandchildren and other royal family members as they pay tribute to Philip, who died in April at the age of 99. Per an official press release, the documentary began production before Philip’s passing and was originally meant to coincide with the duke’s 100th birthday in June. The interviews featured in the televised special will include those filmed before and after the duke’s death.

Described as a “unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history,” the documentary will feature “poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer.” While more than a dozen royal family members are set to make cameos during the televised event, can confirm that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will not be featured in the special.

Prince Philip: The Family Remembers will air September 24 on BBC One.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

I bet it gets picked up here in America, either by PBS, BBC America or maybe even one of the networks. I’ll admit, I kind of want to watch it. Now that I know Harry participated in it, of course it will be must-see-TV. You know what I wonder? I wonder if Harry and William refused to coordinate their statements/stories on the documentary, just like they refused to coordinate their tributes to Philip in the days after his passing. You could tell because William’s tribute was about how much he hates Harry, while Harry’s tribute was a loving, warm, fond remembrance of the man he admired. Methinks William’s part of the documentary will be one big subtweet of Harry.

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    I’m sure Harry’s comments will be clipped and put on social media. If the BBC doesn’t use Harry in their promo for this doc, I’d be shocked.

  2. equality says:

    I wonder how big an audience it would have attracted without Harry in it. I’m sure everything he says will be twisted by the tabloids.

    • Jen says:

      They’ll definitely twist everything. “Prince Philip was my family’s rock.” Headline the next day “Harry insults Queen and Prince Charles; credits Philip with family success.”

      • observer says:

        that headline is way too highbrow, you’re giving the british media too much credit lol; i mean you even used a semicolon

        (yeah i know exactly what you were actually saying but like. we need to LOSE BRAIN CELLS to come up with accurate brit tabloid headlines at this point i think)

      • JT says:

        @Equality it wouldn’t have attracted an audience at all. Remember the commonwealth special that featured the entire Maga7 plus the queen that went nowhere? Oh yeah. Nobody watched it. The only reason anyone cares about this at all is because Harry is a part of it and I imagine he will be a major focus in the promos as well the coverage afterwards. Hell, even though both Harry and Will did the statue unveiling, almost all of the UK papers and international press focused on Harry.

  3. Pao says:

    I won’t be watching. Im pretty sure it will be picked up in the US. But even though harry’s in it i hope it attracts low numbers.

    As in the fabulous 7 commonwealth special (that aired right before the oprah interview) low.

  4. Eurydice says:

    There’s no reason for Harry and William to coordinate their statements or to coordinate with any other of the grandchildren. I imagine they each did an individual video speech or interview of some sort. But it will be interesting to see if William can show any genuine emotion.

    • JT says:

      The only one who would want to coordinate statements and recollections would be William. Around the statue business it was said that KP was mad that Harry didn’t want to do a joint statement, probably because Harry’s would be better. I think that’s why they mixed the speeches altogether because The Other Brother couldn’t compete.

  5. Lizzie says:

    Prediction; every one of TOB’s sentences will contain the word ‘I’.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I would watch Harry’s segments from this, but I’m sure they’ll come up on twitter and the like.

  7. ML says:

    I appreciate that Harry and William would want to honor their beloved grandfather. Unfortunately, Philip wasn’t necessarily a good man.

  8. Jane says:

    This was covered in The Guardian, and they made a point of saying that Andrew would be included prominently too.

  9. SarahCS says:

    As this is a ‘tribute’ it till by definition also be a complete whitewash of his character.

  10. Catherine says:

    The BBC had a longterm arrangement with William because Earthshot and they are beholden to the royal family so I’m sure they let them see and likely approve Harry’s comments after Harry submitted them. They don’t want a repeat of philip’s death. Where William statement came across so stiff and cold compared to Harry. The same thing happens with the Diana doc in 2017. Everyone was talking about Harry’s comments which seemed more genuine. BTW. Everytime time William had mentioned Phillips since then he steals a references from Harry’s statement. So I think they are going to do their best to make William come across better. It was hilarious how quickly the media confirmed that Harry was in it. Then had to pivot to oh yes; Harry and William are in it. And try to paint it as some sort of reunion. I think Harry was closer to Philip than William. Philip turned none of his honorary positions to William. That is significant IMO. I don’t think this automatically makes it to the American market.

  11. Layla says:

    So Kate wasn’t in the Diana statute unveiling or the Philip tribute what happened to being “tHe JEwEL Of tHe MoNarChYyy”? Was William just talking out of his ass on his statement?

  12. Emily says:

    I find it interesting that the Queen doesn’t seem to be participating.