Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face major setback after controversial BBC documentary

A podcast about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is on hold after the BBC received nearly 1,000 complaints

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's podcast is still in production
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A BBC podcast about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been delayed after the broadcaster received nearly 1,000 complaints about its latest royal documentary.

A BBC podcast about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle remains in production after the national broadcaster was inundated with complaints by royal fans, marking a major setback for the showbiz-savvy couple. 

The upcoming series, titled 'Harry, Meghan and the Media', will be presented by Amol Rajan and seeks to examine "allegations of sexism, racism and strategic leaks" within Buckingham Palace. A follow-up to the BBC's highly divisive The Princes and the Press documentary, the audio program is expected to feature 'far more controversial' content than its video predecessor. 

The BBC has now confirmed that the podcast, which was due to air two weeks ago, is "still in production and will be released as a box set when it’s ready" after it received nearly 1000 complaints from members of the public. Its rescheduled release date has yet to be announced. 

The news of the delay comes shortly after the controversy over Rajan's The Princes and the Press, a two-part BBC documentary that explored Prince William and Prince Harry's conflicted relationship with the media. 

The series, which featured an interview with Meghan Markle's top-dog reputation lawyer, was heavily criticized by the Royal Family after they had been denied permission to view it ahead of its airing. 

In an unprecedented move, the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William filed a complaint about the provocative documentary, after releasing a joint statement condemning its "overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources". 

It's understood that the BBC's decision to release the program has severely worsened the Royal Family's already fragile relationship with the national broadcaster. Prince William and Duchess Kate banned even BBC from airing their Christmas concert in the aftermath of the Princes and the Press documentary, choosing to give the festive music special to ITV instead.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.