KEY POINTS

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to drop the BBC from covering the duchess' upcoming Christmas carol concert 
  • Several netizens supported the royal couple's decision and slammed the network after the premiere of "The Princes And The Press"
  • Other social media users claimed that the BBC couldn't host Middleton's event due to scheduling conflicts

Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly dropped the BBC from covering the duchess' upcoming event amid the alleged row between the network and the royal family, and the move received mixed responses from the netizens.

The Duchess of Cambridge is hosting a Christmas carol concert in the next few weeks in Westminster Abbey and the BBC is one of the networks invited to cover the event. However, there were sudden changes after the network released the first part of "The Princes And The Press" documentary Monday. Prince William and Middleton snubbed the BBC by choosing ITV to host the concert, The Times UK claimed in a report.

The Westminster Abbey carol concert will support the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's charities, including NHS Charities Together, which funds mental health support for young people and counseling for the NHS staff.

Kensington Palace and ITV have not confirmed the report yet. International Business Times could also not verify if the show was supposed to appear on the BBC, or when ITV was offered the rights to air the concert.

Twitter users immediately reacted to the report, and many supported the royal couple's purported decision.

"Good for the royals. Completely unfair not to let them comment and then have Meghan’s lawyer. Completely one-sided," one commented.  

"The bottom line is that this reaction from the Royal Family is unprecedented. The BBC only has itself to blame," another added.  

"Good. The BBC has broken rules (more than once) in undermining Royals. William, Charles, Queen are also human beings — why should they have no say when BBC show unproven gossip. The 'man' who made this mockumentary a known anti-royal," a third user added.

A different user called to defund the BBC. The user questioned why they were forced to pay for their service even if they didn't want to watch the network.

Meanwhile, some defended the network. There were claims that it was the the broadcasting company that dropped Middleton's show due to scheduling conflicts. Others alleged that the BBC didn't want to host it because Prince William's Earthshot Prize didn't attract many viewers.

"William and Kate really tried it lol, they got people believing they are boycotting the BBC when the fact is according to Westminster Abbey the BBC didn't want Kate's show due to 'scheduling issues' hence why her show is now going on itv #Royals," one tweeted.

"They [Prince William and Middleton] didn't want to be embarrassed by her show being downgraded to another channel so they decided to attack the BBC to drum up attention for her little show no one was gonna watch, to begin with," another added.

"Probably didn't want to lose another 2 million viewers," a third user wrote with face with tears of joy emoji.  A fourth user agreed, "Exactly. After the Earthflop tragedy BBC said 'pass.'"

About the alleged changes on the network to host Middleton's Christmas carol concert, the outlet said the royals were unhappy with the BBC's documentary "The Princes And The Press," which aired Monday night. The documentary was perceived as favorable towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because it featured an interview with Meghan Markle's lawyer Jenny Afia, of Schillings, who defended the duchess on camera.

The documentary covered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the palace and how information was allegedly leaked from Kensington Palace. Several sources also spoke on the show and the royal family didn't like what was shown in the documentary because it came from unreliable sources.

"A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy," a statement from the palace read. "However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility."

Meanwhile, the BBC responded by saying that the purpose of the special was "about how royal journalism is done and features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry."

Kate Middleton and Prince William LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 18, 2021 in London, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images