Prince Andrew's PR guru Jason Stein 'quit two weeks ago'

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Jason Stein started as Communications Secretary to the Duke in September - but had quit by November

Jason Stein started as Communications Secretary to the Duke in September - but had quit by November

The guru hired by Prince Andrew to spearhead a PR ‘fightback’ following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 'quit' just weeks into job ahead of the Duke's bombshell BBC interview, it was revealed last night.  

Jason Stein started as Communications Secretary to the Duke in September.

Stein was Amber Rudd’s former Special Adviser and developed a reputation at Westminster as a ‘master of the dark arts’.

But the 28-year-old sensationally left his post two weeks before the Prince's interview with Emily Maitlis.

His abrupt departure no doubt came as a further blow to the beleaguered Prince. 

Mr Stein, 28, lost his job earlier when Ms Rudd quit as Work and Pensions Secretary in protest at the removal of the whip from 21 Tory MPs after they rebelled against the Government to stop a No Deal Brexit.

This comes as aides reportedly 'argued' as they feared the interview would leave the prince 'terribly exposed'.

One aide meanwhile thought he risked coming across as ‘an entitled idiot’.  

It was his first public grilling on the subject, the interview of his life in fact, but he was on home turf at least, not in some harshly lit BBC studio

It was his first public grilling on the subject, the interview of his life in fact, but he was on home turf at least, not in some harshly lit BBC studio

Meanwhile, when Newsnight producers first made overtures to the Palace about a possible interview almost a year ago, Andrew’s knee-jerk response was that he didn’t want ‘to be shouted at for half an hour’. 

So it surprised many when, on Thursday, Andrew finally went toe-to-toe with Emily Maitlis in the middle of Buckingham Palace’s South Drawing Room for an interview about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and the claims – which he has long denied – that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Andrew voiced concerns but private secretary Amanda Thirsk talked him round

Andrew voiced concerns but private secretary Amanda Thirsk talked him round

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