Prince William and Prince Harry pay 'heartwarming' tributes in BBC's first teaser clip for exclusive Prince Philip documentary

BBC documentary The Royal Family Remembers has released its first trailer

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Windsor Greys Statue unveiling on March 31, 2014 in Windsor, England. The statue marks 60 years of The Queen's Coronation in 2013 and the important role played by Windsor Greys in the ceremonial life of the Royal Family and the Nation.
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The first teaser clip for a BBC Prince Philip documentary, which pays tribute to Prince Philip's life has been released. 

  • The documentary called The Royal Family Remembers shows Prince William and Prince Harry talking about their grandfather.
  • The teaser clip, released by the BBC, also shows Zara Tindall getting emotional about her grandfather, saying 'he was always there'.
  • In other royal news, The Queen pays tribute on the 9/11 20th anniversary

The first look at the documentary, released via the BBC's YouTube page, shows Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William all talking about Prince Philip's life and what impact he had on theirs.

Prince William starts the teaser clip by saying, "He has always been a huge presence behind everything we have done, really."

While the Duke's appearance is quickly followed by a clip of Prince Harry saying, "What you see is what you got, with my Grandfather, he was unapologetically him."

Their tributes are woven in with old clips of Prince Philip playing with his children, on a boat and also a family portrait—footage from the Queen’s private cine-film collection.

Prince Charles and Zara Philips also make an appearance in the heartwarming clip too. The Prince of Wales pays tribute to his father by saying, "We were lucky to have him for nearly 100 years."

While an emotional Zara, the granddaughter of Prince Philip adds, "You never really prepare yourself for losing him, as he was always there."

News of the documentary was released just last week with the BBC saying in a statement, “For the first time on television, more than a dozen members of the Royal family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay an historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh."

The BBC’s cameras have also been granted privileged access to the Duke’s private study, library, and office, which can be found on the first floor of Buckingham Palace. Philip’s personal quarters have never been shown to the public before, but have been described by royal writer Brian Hoey as ‘functional’ and ‘workmanlike’. 

Prince Philip’s death in April came as a devastating loss to the Royal Family, marking the loss of the longest-serving royal consort in the history of the British monarchy. His funeral was attended by just 30 guests due to COVID-19 restrictions, with Prince Harry flying home to London for the first time since his controversial emigration to the US with his wife Meghan Markle. 

The documentary will air on BBC One at 9pm on September 22.

Sarah Finley

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