Former BBC presenter Emily Maitlis has revealed she fears her now infamous Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew came to ‘bleed’ her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Duke of York’s disastrous 2019 BBC interview, which dealt with allegations that Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre was trafficked to have sex with him when she was 17 , marked the beginning of the end of his role within the royal family.
Within two years of that interview, the Queen had stripped him of his military affiliations, royal patronages and use of his HRH title and he settled a civil lawsuit brought by Ms Giuffre for the sum of £12 million ($16.3 million).
But there has also been an impact on her interviewer, Ms Maitlis revealed in a Times column, which comes just days before the airing of a new two-part Channel 4 documentary, Andrew – The Problem Prince – and a week before King is due to be officially crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
Ms Maitlis said the pair would be ‘to be forever bound by the most random places (Pizza Express, Woking) and the most imaginative excuses (an inability to sweat).
The former BBC presenter has revealed the impact of her BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew three years later, including whether it caused her daughters ‘harm’
Ms Maitlis said the pair would be “forever bound by the most random places (Pizza Express, Woking) and the most imaginative excuses (an inability to sweat)”.
Ms Maitlis said: ‘How would an interview aimed at providing answers to vulnerable young women not end up hurting other vulnerable young women – her daughters – along the way?
Newsnight producer Sam McAlister claimed Prince Andrew (right) was ‘euphoric’ after his interview with Emily Maitlis (left) as ‘he thought everything had gone really well’
But she also struggled “in the aftermath” with the impact of Prince Andrew’s revelations on her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
‘HHow could an interview that aimed to provide answers to vulnerable young women not end up hurting other vulnerable young women — her daughters — along the way? »
Ms Maitlis also revealed how, three years after the interview, she has been asked to speak at events on global issues or the political landscape, but the public almost always asks about her interview with the prince Andrew and if she foresaw the fallout it would bring.
She wrote: ‘In truth, I think we’ve always suspected that the interview might come to define the prince. I think I was less prepared for how that would end up defining me too.
Looking back, the former BBC journalist wondered if Prince Andrew agreed to the interview to clear his name for Beatrice’s sake, ahead of his wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi a few months later.
Similar comments were recently made by Newsnight producer Sam McAlister, who reveals in the upcoming Channel 4 documentary that the Duke took his daughter, Princess Beatrice, with him to final negotiations with the BBC over what should be included in the interview.
“Can you imagine being at Buckingham Palace, about to talk to a member of the Royal Family about sexual offences?” It’s quite tricky – and now I have to do it in front of his daughter,” the producer said.
Ms Maitlis said she thought at the time he might have agreed to speak in an attempt to make amends with her daughter, who had recently become engaged.
She told the Channel 4 documentary: “It’s the first time the idea has crossed my mind that he might be doing it for her.”
“Your life has been hellish. You must have read these titles. You are trying to get married. I’m going to do this to make it better for you. I don’t know if that’s true, but it crossed my mind.
She also revealed in today’s column how unprepared she was for the global impact of the interview – and continues to do so today, with a Netflix drama in the works featuring the Sex Education star Gillian Anderson as Mrs. Maitlis and The Man In The High Castle actor Rufus Sewell as André.
In the upcoming Channel 4 documentary, which explores the story of the Newsnight interview, Ms Maitlis reveals the late Queen realized it could be a PR disaster before Prince Andrew did.
Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell posing in a photo taken at Maxwell’s home
Ms Maitlis revealed the monarch received a transcript of the Duke of York’s appearance on the BBC’s flagship news programme, in which he was asked about his association with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Shortly after, the duke, who said he was “euphoric” following the interview which he thought went “very well”, was apparently tapped on the shoulder by his security and taken away.
The interview was the perfect gift for Virginia Giuffre because it contained “so many things that were probably untrue,” her lawyer said.
Barrister Sigrid McCawley said the Duke of York’s string of blunders and bizarre defense of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein during the 2019 interview provided them with a ‘roadmap to tear it apart’.
On the original Newsnight broadcast, the Duke denied having sex with Ms Giuffre, said he could not remember ever meeting her and spent the day in question at Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, at a party with one of his daughters. .
Ms Giuffre said Andrew was sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp in an alleged encounter.
The Duke told Ms Maitlis that his Falklands War service caused a health problem at the time, which meant he was not sweating.
One of Prince Andrew’s friends, Irish defamation lawyer Paul Tweed, told the documentary he tried to talk the Duke out of giving the interview.
Ms Maitlis revealed she was ‘shocked’ by some of the Duke’s answers and described it as ‘a tidal wave of wrong answers’.
She said: ‘That’s how I know Prince Andrew is happy with the interview because he stayed chatting. He looked very happy.
“A whole bunch of people came in and I said, ‘What’s going on? They said, “OK, on Thursday nights we have movie night at the palace. You can stay if you want.
And at that moment, I just thought, I have to get out of here. I needed space to understand what had just happened.
Following the BBC broadcast in November 2019 and furor over Andrew’s friendship with Epstein, the Duke retired from public life.
Last year he reached an out-of-court settlement with Ms Giuffre worth up to $12m (£9.6m) following her civil claim against him in the US .
He vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Epstein was found dead in his cell at a Manhattan federal prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide.
Representatives for Prince Andrew have been contacted for comment.
Andrew: The Problem Prince airs Monday May 1 and Monday May 8 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4
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