Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Prince Andrew: Newsnight interview ‘a nightmare’ says skilled

Prince Andrew’s now-infamous Newsnight interview will likely be featured in an upcoming ebook by former BBC producer Sam McAlister. Ms McAlister managed to clinch the surprising royal sit-down again in 2019 when the Duke of York’s connection to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was the topic of intense media scrutiny. Following his disastrous interview — which introduced a storm of unfavourable protection, prompted organisations with ties to the prince’s charities to distance themselves from him and rekindled requires him to testify to the FBI about his tangled historical past with Epstein — Andrew stepped again from public life.

Speaking on this week’s episode of Royally Us, Ms McAlister revealed how she managed to safe the interview and gave perception into how Andrew felt after the sit-down got here to an finish. 

She informed hosts Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross: “Well, there was this extraordinary second when the interview ends — I had been trying on the ground as a result of I used to be attempting to not make eye contact — and one of many those who work with him was sat subsequent to me and I didn’t actually know what to say.

“I’m horrible at being disingenuous and, having been a lawyer and a journalist, that’s fairly a burden. 

“So I formulated my sentence very rigorously: ‘So, (in a really excessive pitched voice) how do you assume it went?’” 

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Prince Andrew sat down for the Newsnight interview in November 2019. (Image: Getty Images)

Sam McAlister pictured with presenter Emily Maitlis

Sam McAlister pictured with presenter Emily Maitlis. (Image: Getty Images)

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“And then she went: ‘Wasn’t he marvellous!’”

Ms McAlister continued: “And in all sincerity, I mentioned: ‘Yes, sure he was!’

“And as my eyes lifted, the extraordinary parting of the methods — on one facet, the journalist, who knew this was an absolute unmitigated catastrophe and on the opposite facet, Prince Andrew, who invited all of us on a tour.”

The ex-BBC producer revealed that she didn’t settle for the invitation, admitting that she would have discovered it “too tough” to reply the query: “How did it go?” 

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Andrew was interviewed by journalist Emily Maitlis. (Image: BBC)

Emily Maitlis, the interviewer, did go on the tour of Windsor Castle, Ms McCalister mentioned: “Off they went, he did a very nice, huge, lengthy tour and he gave the impression to be in extraordinarily good spirits, whereas we have been mainly ashen as a result of we couldn’t imagine what had simply occurred.” 

During the interview, Andrew, who was later stripped of all royal duties, denied he had slept with American Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one among Epstein’s victims, on three separate events — twice whereas she was underage.

The Duke of York additionally mentioned he had “no recollection of ever assembly” Ms Giuffre.

He mentioned one encounter in 2001 didn’t occur as he spent the day together with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a celebration.

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Virginia Giuffre

Andrew settled the civil case introduced by Ms Giuffre in February. (Image: Getty Images)

The identical alleged sexual liaison, which Ms Giuffre mentioned started with the royal sweating closely as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually fallacious, the Duke mentioned.

This is as a result of, he claimed, he had a medical situation on the time which meant he couldn’t sweat.

The interview was broadly criticised with royal commentators questioning Andrew’s responses and condemning his unsympathetic tone and lack of regret for the friendship with the intercourse offender.

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty journal, informed BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme that within the wake of the interview, the Duke may discover himself out of the core Royal Family, if experiences are appropriate that the monarchy will likely be slimmed down when Prince Charles turns into king.

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Prince Andrew timeline (Image:

Public relations and disaster guide Mark Borkowski mentioned in regards to the interview: “I’ve by no means seen something so disastrous. For any college students of PR that’s how to not do it.

“It was like watching a person in quicksand and sadly, I do not assume anybody would have thrown him a line to get him out.”

In February 2022, it was confirmed that Andrew had agreed to pay a settlement to Virginia Giuffre so the civil case introduced towards him wouldn’t proceed to a jury trial.

The quantity has by no means been disclosed, however it’s suspected to quantity to as a lot as £12 million, with a considerable donation being made to Ms Giuffre’s charity. 

Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations and the settlement was not an act of contrition. 

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Andrew through the notorious interview. (Image: Getty Images)

Since then, the prince has remained out of the highlight, solely making one public look at a memorial service for Prince Philip, who died in April final yr on the age of 99. 

He didn’t attend any of the Platinum Jubilee occasions in June having contracted Covid. 

He was reportedly blocked from participating within the public parts of Garter Day after an intervention from Prince William and Prince Charles. 

It is known that Andrew is eager to return to public life. 

Royal biographer Tina Brown speculated that the Duke may use his relationship together with his mom, the Queen, to information his royal return. 

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Andrew’s final official public look was at his late father’s memorial service. (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia in May, Ms Brown mentioned: “Andrew totally expects to be rehabilitated. 

“He’s not even accepted that he’s going to must have a quiet few years.”

She continued: “Andrew believes, strongly, that he can get again.

“I’m informed that that is one thing that he’s obsessive about, that he believes goes to occur. 

“That overdue time he’ll get again into the combination.”

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