Royal Family will honour Prince Philip by appearing in a documentary which celebrates his life

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The Royal Family will appear in a new documentary honouring the late Prince Philip, who passed away in April this year aged 99.

The show, which will air on the BBC, was originally commissioned to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh. Instead, it will now see his children and grandchildren come together to remember and celebrate his life.

In a statement about the documentary, the BBC said: "For the first time on television, more than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay a historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh."

It is expected that both Prince William and Prince Harry will be taking part in the documentary. Prince Harry returned to the UK alone in April to attend his grandfather's funeral, and again in July to unveil a memorial to his late mother, Princess Diana.

The BBC explained the documentary "features interviews filmed both before and after the Duke’s death in April."

The statement continued: "The documentary-makers have been inside Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library, exactly as they were during his seven decades at the heart of royal life."

"There are poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this Royal pioneer," the BBC added.

Although the Queen is not mentioned as a contributor to the show in the announcement, the documentary will have access to her "private cine-film collection."

The documentary is being hailed as "an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history."

Prince Philip passed away on 9 April 2021, with his cause of death being confirmed as old age. His death came following a 28-day stay in hospital for an infection, which included a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition. However, when his death certificate was issued - certified by Sir Huw Thomas, head of the Royal medical household - it confirmed there was no specific cause aside from being elderly.

The hour-long documentary will air on 22 September at 9pm on BBC One.

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