ITV will air a last minute documentary on Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle following the pair’s historic announcement that they would “step back” from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.
The broadcaster has revealed that it will make room on its schedule for a special documentary called Harry & Meghan: A Royal Crisis?, which will air on Sunday night at 10.15pm.
According to Hello Magazine , royal editor Chris Ship will look back at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s famous love story in the documentary.
As well as that, past interviews with the pair will be replayed and how their decision to step down will affect Windsor and the rest of the royal family will also be explored.
An ITV billing said: “The love story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had, from the start, been one that promised to reshape and modernise the British monarchy. But the cracks began to show as their unease and unhappiness in their roles became increasingly evident, culminating in a no-holds barred interview for ITV with Tom Bradby last autumn.”
It continued: “But as the couple announced their plan to withdraw from their lives as senior royals in an unprecedented and shocking statement, that blindsided the family and sent the media into meltdown, ITV asks why this has happened and what’s next for the couple and their ambition to become new ‘progressive’, financially independent royals and how this sits with their place in the family.”
The royals said they intend to “work to become financially independent while continuing to “fully support” Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” their statement said.
The royal duo haven’t yet voiced exactly why they wish to leave their duties, but the decision comes after the couple’s vocal frustration with British media coverage of their family.
In October, Prince Harry, 35, and Duchess Meghan, 38, appeared in ITV’s documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” and opened up about their struggles coping with overwhelming and often critical media coverage.
Harry also voiced his lingering resentment over how his mother, Princess Diana, was treated by the media before her 1997 death.
Meghan, who at one point in the interview teared up, said she had tried and failed to acquire a traditional British “stiff upper lip” and regrets discounting her British friends’ warnings.
“I never thought that this (media scrutiny) would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile,” she said.
In their statement, Harry and his wife also announced they’ll break another longtime tradition and no longer participate in the palace’s “Royal Rota” system of inviting long-standing U.K. outlets to report exclusively on their activities.
Their new media policy will invite a wider array of “credible media outlets focused on objective” and “appropriate” coverage. They noted in a pointed message that they “value privacy as individuals and as a family.”
“The Duke and Duchess believe in a free, strong and open media industry, which upholds accuracy and fosters inclusively, diversity and tolerance,” the new Sussex Royal website states.
It has not yet been revealed where the pair will reside in the future, but it has been heavily suggested that while in the U.K., Harry, Meghan and baby Archie will still use Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate as their official residence.
This will continue to be under the property of the queen, according to the Sussex website.