Prince William and Kate Middleton will reportedly broadcast a special Christmas carol concert on the 14th December. The Westminster Abbey event was due to air on BBC, but is now expected to appear on ITV.
Although both Kensington Palace and ITV have declined to comment it is expected that the Duchess will be the one hosting the event, with the royal couple’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis may feature.
The move away from BBC comes after Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Place issued a rare joint statement following the release of The Princes and the Press, a BBC Two documentary, on Monday.
The first episode of the two-part documentary explored the relationship of Prince William and Prince Harry with the press. The show also included suggestions of royal sources sharing information.
In a statement given to the BBC, and shown at the end of the programme, the royal households said: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
“However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
According to the official website of Westminster Abbey, the Choir of Westminster Abbey “presents an enticing Christmas programme featuring festive choral works interspersed with much-loved carols and seasonal readings telling the story of the Nativity.
“The centrepiece of the programme is Benjamin Britten’s magical Ceremony of Carols for treble voices and harp, performed by the Abbey Choristers with harpist Sally Pryce.”