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Leaked film banned by Britain’s Queen for cheapening the royal family is tame compared to how they’ve cheapened themselves

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Royal Family, the 1969 fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary that chronicled a year in the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family – which the Queen banned in 1972 for ‘cheapening’ the royals by ‘removing their mystique’ – recently resurfaced briefly on YouTube and has caused much consternation at Buckingham Palace.

Both Buckingham Palace and the BBC wanted the film to remain under wraps and so YouTube removed it for copyright infringement. Prior to the leak on YouTube, the documentary had also been brought back into the public’s attention this past year by the hit Netflix show The Crown, which dramatized the making of the film and the reaction to it.

Being the ever-intrepid film critic that I am, I tracked the royally blacklisted film down to give it a gander, and I’m wondering what the Queen is all bent out of shape about.

The film doesn’t ‘cheapen’ the royal family at all. The thing that has cheapened the royal family these past 50 years has been their sordid, low-rent behavior.

The film’s most shocking and most genuine scene comes at the end, where the Queen recounts to her family how difficult it was to keep a straight face when meeting the US ambassador, because he looked like “a gorilla.”

I suppose the Queen calling the US........

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