According to rumors, Buckingham Palace officials unexpectedly fired an ITV film crew that had been contracted to capture King Charles III’s 2022 Christmas speech, instead giving the position to a BBC crew.
The Sun has clamed the new monarch recorded his initial festive message last Tuesday – just days before his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle released the final instalment of their controversial Netflix documentary.
A rota system that was previously in place meant that cameras belonging to ITV had been booked to record the historic speech – the first Charles will be making as King – and to share the footage with the world’s media.
Despite this, plans were allegedly destroyed with the BBC being called in at the last minute to film the special event.
The King’s address – set to air at 3pm on Christmas Day – is understood to be “different” from the previous 69 recordings made by his mother the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Buckingham Palace has not yet addressed the change in staffing.
An industry insider told The Sun: “It was ITV’s turn but they were cancelled and the BBC called instead. No explanation has been given for the last-minute change.”
It is believed that Charles’ Christmas speech is set to be an emotional one, with his mother Her Majesty having sadly passed away in September, just months after celebrating 70 years on the throne with her Platinum Jubilee celebration.
The speech itself is understood to have been written in November and December and recorded on Tuesday last week.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will likely feature in the Christmas address, despite having come under fire for making a number of serious allegations of abuse against the Royal Family.
In his first speech after ascending to the throne, Charles told the world, “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”, in his first speech after taking the crown.”
The BBC, ITV and Sky share a rota system, which allows just a skeleton crew from each team inside Windsor Castle at every two years.
ITV recorded The late Queen’s final Christmas speech last year, later being booked to film Charles’ first as King.
This year’s speech will be the first ever televised of a King, with The Queen’s father and predecessor King George VI having delivered speeches on the radio.
ITV, BBC and Buckingham Palace have been approached for comment.