Prince William ‘to star in his own fly-on-the-wall documentary with ITV’ giving the public candid insight into the Waleses
- Prince William, 40, is to front a new fly-on-the-wall documentary for ITV
- The film may be the most candid view yet into the lives of the Waleses
The Prince of Wales is to allow cameras to follow him in a new fly-on-the-wall series, it has been announced.
The heir to the throne has made a deal with ITV to produce the documentary, which will record him as launches a homelessness initiative – with public engagements across the country.
The film may give the public the most candid view yet into the lives of Prince William, 40, and his family.
It promises to portray William as a serious and hardworking royal, far removed from the bombshell revelations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s reality TV show.
Bosses at ITV are said to be hopeful for a ratings success this summer – tracking the Prince of Wales’ campaigning – with the prospect of follow-up instalments.
The documentary may give the public the most candid view yet into the lives of Prince William, 40, and his family (pictured with the Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, five)
It promises to portray William (pictured with wife Kate) as a serious and hardworking royal, far removed from the bombshell revelations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s reality TV show.
An insider hailed the move as ‘pretty extraordinary’.
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They added: ‘Generally access to senior royals is very limited and totally controlled, but William clearly wants to change that.
‘He’s keen to highlight his work, particularly on a homeless project which was a subject very close to his mother’s heart, and to connect with the public on a new level.
‘He knows all too well how important it is that the monarchy develops a more modern relationship with the British people.’
The Princess of Wales gave a rare insight into her feelings about her late mother-in-law while chatting to royal fans in Wales.
The Princess of Wales normally maintains a discreet silence regarding her husband’s late mother, but while chatting to well-wishers in Merthyr Tydfil yesterday, she made some touching remarks.
When asked by a royal fan about wearing Diana’s engagement ring, she confirmed it was the ‘same ring’, adding that she didn’t have to have it adjusted to fit.
‘And it was exactly the same size,’ she said. ‘It is very special. What an honour to be able to wear it.
‘But sadly I never got to meet her.’
The Princess of Wales seemed happy to talk about what her ring meant to her and said it was an honour to wear it with royal fans in Merthyr Tydfil yesterday
She added that Diana would have been a ‘brilliant grandmother’ and that the family ‘miss her every day.’
The comments came after the Prince and Princess of Wales hand-delivered pizza from the Little Dragon Pizza Van in the car park during a visit to Dowlais Rugby Club in Merthyr Tydfil to mountain rescue workers.
The club is a popular spot where the rescue team socialise and relax when they are off duty.
Earlier in the day William, who is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Kate had the opportunity to engage in training activities such as abseiling, medical support exercises and a search dog rescue demonstration.
One royal watcher asked Kate if she remembered Diana, to which Kate replied, ‘I never met her, sadly’.
She then said that Diana would have been a ‘brilliant grandmother’.
When asked if she was missed, she said ‘So much. The family miss her every day.’
A video of the exchange was captured by Laura-Ann Barr, and posted on her Instagram page @all.thats.pretty.
In 2010, Prince William presented the ring, which features a 12-carat oval Ceylon surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, to Kate for their engagement.
Kate was given the ring – which used to be Princess Diana’s – when she got engaged to William in 2010
Princess Diana wearing her engagement ring, which Kate Middleton, 41, now wears with honour
Kate and William met with crowds while in Merthyr Tydfil as they delivered pizza to mountain rescue workers
The 28-year-old Prince used the dazzling oval blue 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring when he popped the question while they were on holiday in Kenya.
When they later posed for pictures at St James’ Palace, William said giving Kate the ring was his way of ensuring his late mother could be part of the occasion.
In front of the world’s press, he said: ‘It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.’
Diana, who died in 1997, chose the elegant cluster ring after becoming engaged to Charles in 1981.
It was created by British jeweler Garrard and at the time cost £28,000.
The Prince and Princess of Wales today became the third generation of royals to visit Aberfan the small Welsh village that was struck by tragedy in 1966 when a landslide of coal waste engulfed a local school, killing 144 people including 116 children.
Queen Elizabeth was criticised for waiting eight days before visiting the decimated mining village in the Welsh Valleys, which was dramatised recently in The Crown.
But survivors say they have a ‘special bond’ with the Royal Family, with the late monarch making five visits to Aberfan during her reign and King Charles, then the Prince of Wales, visiting on the 50th anniversary of the disaster.
In the crowd was survivor Gareth Jones, 63, who crawled out of a window of Pantglas School as his classmates were buried alive by the 150,000 tonnes of waste in the worst mining disaster on record.
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