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Documentary Banned From Airing By The Royal Family Leaked Online

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Documentary Banned From Airing By The Royal Family Leaked Online

A documentary about the Royal family, which the Queen banned more than 50 years ago, has been shared online.

The 90-minute fly-on-the-wall documentary, titled Royal Family, gave viewers a rare insight into what it's like behind the closed doors of the palace.

Credit: BBC/The Crown
Credit: BBC/The Crown

Camera people followed the Royals around for a year to collect enough footage for the documentary, with viewers treated to a glimpse of the Queen doing a food shop and Prince Charles on a jet ski.

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In other scenes, the Royals could be seen sat around eating breakfast and enjoying a barbecue, with Charles on salad duty and Prince Philip grilling sausages.

When the Queen pops into a shop to buy an ice cream for a young Prince Edward, she stops to briefly chat to the bloke behind the counter telling him she's concerned her son's sugary treat will ruin the interior of the car.

It was broadcast on BBC on 21 June 1969 and pulled in a whopping 23 million viewers when it was first broadcast, and was seen by an estimated 350 million people when it was sold around the world.

But shortly after it aired, the Queen had a change of heart and told the BBC it wasn't to be shown again and should be locked away in the Beeb's vaults.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

According to reports, the Queen found it 'too intrusive' and did not enjoy the filming process.

And it wasn't just the Queen who didn't like it - Princess Anne also wasn't a fan either.

She's quoted as saying: "I never liked the idea of Royal Family, I thought it was a rotten idea.

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"The attention which had been brought upon one ever since one was a child, you just didn't need any more."

However, earlier this month the full documentary was shared on YouTube where it was viewed thousands of times.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It's since been removed and YouTube have shared a note explaining it's been taken down following a copyright complaint from the BBC.

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Speaking to the Telegraph, a BBC source said: "We will approach YouTube to have it removed. We always exercise our copyright where we can.

"However, it is notoriously difficult to chase these things down on YouTube once they are out there.

"Anybody can download it and you just end up chasing your tail."

Featured Image Credit: BBC/The Crown

Topics: UK News, TV and Film, Royal Family

Claire Reid
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