Prince William and Kate Middleton will not be airing their Christmas Carol concert on the BBC after unhappy reactions with a royal documentary on the channel.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be hosting the charity fundraiser – which will be shown on ITV instead – with the Duke sat in the audience.

This news comes as The Sun reports that the Royal couple were not pleased with BBC going forward with documentary The Princes and the Press lead by Amol Rajan, after it alleged Prince William was instructed separately from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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The TV network – which has been considered the Royal family’s home channel for years – has now been cast aside as a result, making way for ITV to step in and cater to the broadcasting needs of the Duke and Duchess.

“This is a real coup for ITV. It is a brand-new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal,” a source spoke about the snub to The Sun.

“Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.

“ITV were very surprised but delighted to get the late call offering them this incredible exclusive. It will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.

“It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary.”

Tensions with the BBC may continue to rise as only the first part of the documentary has been shown, with the second part airing next Monday expected to delve deeper into the princes’ issues.

Typically silent on personal matters, the Royal family made clear their thoughts towards the BBC and the documentary in a joint statement released by Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House.

“A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to healthy democracy,” it responded.

“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unknown sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

Meghan’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, was the only associate of the Royal members involved in the documentary as she defended her client against rumours of her acting cruelly when she lived on the grounds.

“This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex,…..;;;/' that she was too difficult and demanding a boss and that everyone had to leave is just not true,” she said.

In a clip shown of next week’s episode, Ms Afia added: “The overall allegation was that the Duchess of Sussex is guilty of bullying,” to which host Rajan asked, “is she?”

“Absolutely not,” the laywer replied.

A podcast called Meghan, Harry and the Media is also due to start next week which sources have told The Sun the palace weren’t aware of.

This follows news of Prince William condemning the BBC for having Martin Bashir interview his late mother Princess Dianna on Panorama in 1995.

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