From the coronation to The Crown: how Prince Philip fell out of love with TV

From the coronation to The Crown: how Prince Philip fell out of love with TV

The Guardian

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The duke was instrumental in getting the royals on screen, but his reduced funeral coverage will reflect how he came to regret the increasingly torrid exposure

By numerous accounts, Prince Philip liked being proved right – so there might be posthumous vindication in his death getting broadcasters into trouble. The BBC’s decision to reduce its five national TV networks and 11 radio networks into a single obituary stream for much of the day led to a rush of complaints – and a rapid email to staff acknowledging that subsequent coverage would be scaled back.

This diminution of coverage neatly reflected the duke’s relationship with broadcast media which, over eight decades, went from not being able to get enough airtime to not wanting any of it. In line with his wishes, his funeral tomorrow will be televised, by modern royal standards, as minimally as possible.

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