Secrets of the Queen’s reign to be revealed in documentary that promses ‘compelling new evidence’ about Her Majesty’s relationship with Margaret Thatcher, Prince Philip and the Soviet spy who infiltrated the palace
- Channel 4 is working on a documentary exploring the reign of the Queen
- Three-part series explores declassified documents alongside key interviews
- First episode is set to delve into her relationships with Prime Ministers
Secrets of the Queen are set to be revealed in an unprecedented three-part series on Channel 4.
The documentary will delve into declassified documents including letters, diaries, eye-witness testimonies and audio recordings, alongside interviews from key figures including historians and royal insiders to reveal little-known facts about the Queen’s reign.
Channel 4 has revealed the series, which has been given the working title Royals Declassified, will look closely at the Queen’s relationship with her family as well as political leaders.
Mounting tensions with Margaret Thatcher that ‘threatened a constitutional crisis’ and her intimacy with other Prime Ministers will be explored in the first episode.
Channel 4 series Royals Declassified will explore the reign of the Queen over three episodes. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher visit Zambia for the Commonwealth conference in 1979
Although specifics have not yet been revealed, in 1986 it was reported that the Queen was unhappy with Mrs Thatcher’s ‘uncaring and divisive’ approach to domestic politics, as well as her refusal to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid government.
Royals Declassified is a Blink Films production for Channel 4 with Executive Producers Dan Chambers and Tom Adams.
‘What makes these films so compelling is the new evidence we’ve uncovered both from declassified documents and from contributors,’ said Dan Chambers, Creative Director of Blink Films.
The second episode sheds light on the Queen’s relationship with Price Philip, her family and the tensions she experienced between the demands of her family and her role as a monarch.
It will conclude with an episode exploring how a spy passing information to the Soviets was able to work for so many years in Buckingham Palace.
First episode of the three-part series examines the Queen’s relationship with Prime Ministers, while the second delves into her family life. Pictured: The Queen visiting Salisbury in 2020
The royal family became aware that he was a spy, but continued to protect him.
The Queen stripped her art adviser Anthony Blunt, of his knighthood after he was exposed as a Russian spy in 1979.
Despite his confession in 1964, a cover up deal was made in return for Anthony revealing to MI5 all he could about the Soviets.
The incident was covered in season three of Netflix’s The Crown.
Speaking about the new Channel 4 series, Shaminder Nahal who is Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual added: ‘From the Queen’s relationships with her Prime Ministers, to the extraordinary story of the spy in the Palace and some of the Queen’s family secrets – this series brings many intriguing aspects of the history of the Crown to life in primary colour – with wit, verve and fascinating detail.’
The final episode of the series reveals why a spy who worked at Buckingham Palace was protected. Pictured: The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 2017