Royal Family BBC documentary banned by Queen is leaked and viewed by thousands

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A BBC documentary about the Royal Family has resurfaced online almost 50 years after it was banned by the Queen for ruining the 'Palace's mystique'.

Thousands of people watched Richard Cawston's fly-on-the-wall film" Royal Family" when it was uploaded in full to YouTube earlier in January by an account named Philip Strangeways.

It's unknown how the 1969 documentary, which gives a rare insight into the every day lives of the royals, re-emerged online as it's reportedly protected by Crown copyright.

The film had been intended to revive public interest in the Royal Family by portraying them as ordinary people, but Her Majesty is understood to have decided it did too much damage to the Palace's mystique, demanding it never be screened again in 1972.

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One royal biographer claimed the Queen had come to see it as a "reinvention that went wrong", deciding it shattered the glamorous illusion of the Royal Family.

A royal source told the Telegraph of the leak: "This is a matter for the BBC. From time to time, things pop up on the internet that should not be there.

"We will assume it's going to be taken down."

YouTube has since confirmed the 90-minute film has been removed from its site, but only after it had racked up thousands of views.

In the late 1960s a BBC camera crew spent 12 months filming the Royal Family as they went about their day-to-day activities such as enjoying a picnic, feeding the horses and composing letters.

One scene showed the Queen discussing potential outfits with her dresser, while in another scene she takes a four-year-old Prince Edward to the shop for an ice cream.

"Royal Family" was a smash hit when it hit the small screen, with a staggering three-quarters of the British population tuning in when it was first broadcast in 1969.

There were multiple re-runs before it was abruptly pulled from view in 1972 on the Queen's orders.

Sir David Attenborough, who was a BBC controller at the time, is said to have told Mr Cawston his film was "killing the monarchy".

Princess Anne, who appears in the documentary as a teenager, made her disdain for the film well-known.

"I never liked the idea of Royal Family, I thought it was a rotten idea," she once said.

"The attention which had been brought upon one ever since one was a child… you just didn't need any more."

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