The Royal Family made a deal with the media that William should be allowed to persuade his studies without press intrusion, and this was widely respected. However, Edward – whose line of work at the time was television production – has been accused of overstepping the mark when it comes to his own family. Edward founded his own television production company called Ardent Productions, which has been involved in the production of a number of documentaries and dramas.
However, in September 2001, an ardent two-person film crew allegedly invaded the privacy of Edward’s nephew Prince William while he was studying at St Andrews University.
The couple were found in the city of Fife just days after William arrived at university.
It went against industry guidelines for his privacy at the time, and Charles was reportedly “glowing with rage.”
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The company claimed the footage relates to an existing deal with an American cable company to make “The AZ of royalty.”
Nonetheless, the Earl of Wessex has reportedly apologized to the Queen for the alleged ‘harassment’ of William and agreed to stop doing shows about the Royal Family.
According to senior royal officials, Edward has made it clear that he regrets that the royal family is embarrassed by the episode and that his brother is furious.
However, she later approached him in a private meeting with Edward, in which it is believed that she asked for an explanation of what happened and how a similar incident can be avoided.
Officials close to the Queen have criticized Ardent’s role in Scotland and said it is odd that Edward thinks his company will have special access.
One of them told The Telegraph: “We’ve made it clear that Ardent will not be treated any differently from other TV companies. ”
These events came just two months after an investigation into the royal family’s business interests.
Lord Luce had introduced stricter guidelines on how members of the royal family should avoid a conflict of interest between their royal and commercial roles.
In March 2002, Edward announced he would step down as production manager and deputy managing director of Ardent to focus on his public duties and to support the Queen during her Golden Jubilee year.
Ardent Productions was voluntarily dissolved in June 2009, with assets reduced to just £ 40.