Royal Family Documentary Banned by the Queen Is Leaked Onto YouTube 50 Years Later
The Queen and Prince Philip opened their palace doors to television cameras for the landmark film in 1969 – and it has remained in the vaults ever since
An infamous documentary on the royal family that was said to have been banned by Queen Elizabeth decades ago was mysteriously leaked onto YouTube this week.
The fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary, titled Royal Family, aired in 1969 and offered an unprecedented look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth and her family.
Prince Philip thought it would open the doors to what being a member of the royal family was all about, but the Queen was said to have regretted the decision to film the documentary and it has largely been locked away ever since.
That is until this week when someone uploaded the film onto YouTube. It was swiftly taken down on Thursday before appearing again briefly on Friday morning.
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The often-charming video charts Queen Elizabeth’s working life and her home life over the course of a year and could be a real-life version of Netflix’s The Crown. (In fact, it’s clear to see that some of The Crown’s familiar scenes were inspired by it!)