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Prince William and Kate Middleton make announcement over Christmas ‘ban’


ITV has confirmed it will host a special Christmas carol concert led by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Westminster Abbey event was reportedly due to be hosted by the BBC but plans were switched to ITV after a row over a documentary programme which examined the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex’s relationship with the media.

ITV said the service, hosted by Kate and supported by the Royal Foundation, will recognise and celebrate the work of “individuals and organisations across the nation who have stepped up to support their communities through the pandemic”.

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The news follows reports that William and Kate have blocked the BBC showing it after a row over a new documentary the Princes and the Press.

On Instagram, William and Kate’s official page wrote: “This Christmas we are celebrating the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who go above and beyond to support their communities.

“Next week, The Duchess will host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, supported by The Royal Foundation, bringing many of those inspirational people together.

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“The service, which will be broadcast in December, will look back on the last eighteen months. To think not only of the unprecedented challenges that we have all faced as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to remember the positives.

“People and organisations pulling together in their communities, the small acts of kindness across different demographics and generations, and the unsung heroes who stepped up to help others.”

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