Princess Anne Shock: Queen Elizabeth's Only Daughter Supports Her Decision To Ban A Royal Documentary That Turned Out To Be The Most-Watched In History, Royal Biographer Robert Hardman Claims

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Princess Anne shared the same thought as her mom, Queen Elizabeth II, when it came to filming their family. The monarch allegedly attempted to stop a documentary from airing, but it turned out to be a hit. Her only daughter was on board with the monarch's decision.

Princess Anne Allegedly Not A Fan Of Filming The Royal Family

Princess Anne is the only daughter of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. Even if the Princess Royal is way below the line of succession, many are rooting for her to be the next monarch because of her leadership qualities and confidence. However, that is unlikely to happen.


Aside from being as exceptional as her mom, the Queen, the mother and daughter seemingly shared the same feeling toward a documentary about their family that the monarch initially attempted to ban.

Prince Philip allegedly insisted that they make a documentary in an era of social change because the royals were seen as out of touch. The film features their lives inside the palace, including an intimate family moment where they were enjoying a barbecue.

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However, the Queen was not impressed with the final product and insisted to ban it. The Netflix's The Crown even featured it on the series and dedicated an entire episode about the monarch's alleged displeasure about the program.

Apparently, Princess Anne allegedly felt the same. She also disliked the program, according to her personal assistant.

"I never liked the idea of the Royal Family film. I always thought it was a rotten idea," Princess Anne allegedly said, per Express. "The attention that had been brought on one ever since one was a child, you just didn't want anymore. The last thing you needed was greater access."

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The Documentary Was A Hit Despite Princess Anne And The Queen's Disapproval Of It

According to Robert Hardman in his new book Queen of our Times, the documentary was viewed by 30 million in the UK when it broadcast and about 350 million worldwide. It is among the most-watched BBC documentaries.

"It meant that considerably more people in Britain watched the Queen helping Prince Charles with the salad dressing on the banks of Loch Muick than the event which occurred a month later – man landing on the moon," Hardman told The Telegraph, per Express.

"Half a century on, some commentators have suggested that the family quickly came to regard it all as a terrible mistake, never to be seen again – a view reinforced by The Crown. From the outset, the film was only ever supposed to have a limited timespan before being locked away."

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He believed many watched it because it gave the public a glimpse of the royal family's normal life. However, the Queen still didn't want it to be accessible to the public.


"Royal Family' was not news footage, like the coronation or a state visit. Rather, it was seen as a personal snapshot of its time," Hardman explained. "The Queen retained the copyright and did not want the material being quarried or adapted for years to come."

Stay tuned for more news and updates about the royal family.

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