The Queen previously banned a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ BBC documentary in the 1960s
In 1969, the Queen herself was followed by BBC cameras for a reality TV kind of exclusive documentary. The broadcaster followed the monarch behind the doors of Buckingham Palace in a discreet way as the documentary was supposed to be a “fly-on-the-wall” incursion into Her Majesty’s royal lifestyle.
Cameras accompanied the royals for a year from public appearances to casual drives in the car.
The two-hour movie was later watched by 350 million curious viewers who wanted to know more about the Queen and Prince Philip’s life.
However, after the broadcast, the Queen asked for the documentary to be banned.
Several decades later, what’s left of the film is hidden in the BBC vaults and the full video has never been presented again officially.
Small snippets, however, have been used for special occasions like Philip’s 90th birthday and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Someone managed to publish the full documentary on YouTube for a brief moment in 2019 after the hit Netflix show The Crown made a whole episode about it.
According to insiders, the Queen did not appreciate the level of intrusion within her private life.