For years, I’ve heard about the infamous fly-on-the-wall Royal Family documentary, filmed by the BBC and banned by Queen Elizabeth (who supposedly regretted the decision to allow cameras in) immediately after it aired in the U.K. in 1969. Despite the fact that nearly 30 million viewers tuned-in to catch a rare glimpse of Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and more at home, it has taken on a folklore status—never again resurfacing until just recently when eagle-eyed royals fans saw it pop up on YouTube. It was quickly removed due to a copyright claim, but—as co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast—I was quick to make time to watch it.
So, what was my takeaway? Well, my biggest observation was that, honestly, the film pulls the curtain back on royal life in a good way, allowing the public to see a softer and more human side of a family known best for their unflinching pomp and circumstance. Below, five more things I learned from watching the infamous doc that I never realized before (thanks, BBC).