The service, which is scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey, was originally intended to air on the BBC, but the broadcaster has been snubbed due to a row over a documentary about the royals’ relationship with the media.
The recent BBC Two documentary The Princes and the Press prompted criticism from the royal family for focusing on “overblown and unfounded claims”.
According to ITV, the carol service will celebrate the “individuals and organisations across the nation who have stepped up to support their communities through the pandemic”.
The service, hosted by Kate Middleton and the Royal Foundation, will air on 8 December. It was developed via a partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions.
Guests will include grassroots community organisers, charity workers, volunteers, teachers and emergency responders.
Carols will be performed by the Westminster Abbey choir, and the day will also feature readings and guest musicians.
One of the main points of controversy in The Princes And The Press documentary was the suggestion that courtiers had leaked negative stories about the Duchess of Sussex.
It was also suggested that there was a rivalry between the households.
In a rare joint statement, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace issued a statement to the BBC, which was featured at the end of the documentary.
It read: “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.”
It is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
Additional reporting by PA
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