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Viewers of Netflix’s The Crown will remember a storyline in Season 3, which saw the royal family shoot a BBC documentary about their lives. The documentary famously disappeared after airing in 1969, amid rumors that the queen regretted opening her house to the cameras and had subsequently banned the film.
However, earlier this week, the documentary, simply titled Royal Family, was leaked and appeared on YouTube. While it’s since been taken down, royal fans are understandably excited about the, albeit brief, reappearance of the famous film.
As noted by People, “Viewers got to see [the queen] awakened every morning by the sound of bagpipes—something that continues to this day at Windsor, or wherever she is staying.” The film also documented Prince Edward learning to read, trips on the Royal Train, a family barbecue at Balmoral in Scotland, and a visit from President Richard Nixon. Per the publication, “The Queen, who has often been perceived as a distant mother, is also seen as being very hands-on, excitedly driving through the snow to take her sons Prince Edward—who is about 5 years old—and Prince Andrew to see the Labradors during their winter break in Sandringham.”
Princess Anne was reportedly unhappy with the documentary and revealed (via People), “I never liked the idea of the Royal Family film. I always thought it was a rotten idea … 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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