Royal Family urges UK news sites to remove commemorative images, such as Charles’ embarrassing behavior at membership council
The Guardian reports that Buckingham Palace is asking UK broadcasters to remove clips of recent royal footage, including almost all of their coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and memorial.
The BBC, ITV and Sky News have had until Monday to produce a 60-minute compilation of clips they would like to save from the ceremonies held during the Queen’s 10 days of mourning. The Royal Household will then consider whether to veto any proposed inclusion. Once the process is complete, the vast majority of other images from the ceremonies will then be withdrawn from circulation. Any media wishing to use unapproved footage should approach the Royal Family on a case-by-case basis, even for content already broadcast to tens of millions of people.
“It’s completely illogical and makes no sense,” said a reporter familiar with the negotiations. “We are furious that they are trying to restrict how people can relive dark but significant historical events.”
Clips are everywhere and the only possible result is that more people see them.
It’s not clear from The gardians explain how the palace intends to enforce this or why the UK media are required to comply. It does not say what will happen if the British media to refuse comply. Sources are crying out for censorship, but from the coverage it seems the only punishment for not complying is displeasure.
If so, the real dynamic here is that they’re all access to journalists dependent on the palace for content, squirming on the hooks of their own unwritten NDAs. Let’s hear more on this WhatsApp group where palace flacks give major broadcasters their marching orders.
The Guardian previously revealed that the palace had vetoed several clips from the Queen’s memorial services and banned their reuse in news stories and social media clips. Royal staff had a WhatsApp group including senior executives from the BBC, ITV and Sky News which they used to control which images could be used. A member of the royal household would send a message every five minutes approving or denying the use of the previous block of video.