Bombshell stories coming out after the scandalous BBC documentary have the potential to damage Prince William's popularity with the public, a royal expert has claimed.
Writing for News.com.au, commentator Daniela Elser said that the Duke of Cambridge's relationship with the British people had so far been "reasonable" because he had avoided the kind of major scandal that has affected other members of the Royal Family in the past.
But she added that another damaging round of revelations coming after the broadcaster's show 'The Princes and the Press' would take the Palace into "very risky territory".
She went on to say, especially if there is anything leaked that creates real doubt in the "public's mind" about the Prince's honesty or integrity.
She wrote: "Protecting that popularity and support is crucial to royal endurance plans. In the same vein, any threat to his reputation is a fundamental threat to the future of the crown."
"A threat like a documentary raising allegations of palace loose lips, which hardly smacks of the sort of regal dignity one might expect the leader of the armed forces and Defender of the Faith to possess."
"And this is very risky territory for the palace to be on. Letting a seed of doubt about William take root in the public’s mind is a risk they cannot afford to take."
Ms Elser added that this explained The Firm's unusual decision to issue a joint release from three royal households in condemnation of the programme before the release of its first episode last week.
The statement said that while a free, responsible and open press is of "vital importance to a healthy democracy," they accused the BBC of being involved in "overblown and unfounded claims" from unnamed sources that are presented as facts
A number of commentators including Daniela Elser noticed the absence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the note, with her commenting that this was a "glaring" sign of how distant Harry now is from his family.
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