The Duke of York spoke to the BBC’s Emily Maitlis in a televised interview on Saturday night, about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Although Ms Maitlis, writing in The Times, said that Prince Andrew had sought approval from “higher up”, questions have emerged over whether the Queen approved the interview. Former Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter told the BBC: “My guess is that he bulldozed his way in and decided he was going to do it himself without any advice.
“Any sensible-thinking person in the PR business would have thrown their hands up in horror at the very suggestion that he puts himself up in front of a television camera to explain away his actions and his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.”
Mr Arbiter added that the interview was “not so much a car crash but an articulated lorry crash”.
Royal biographer Angela Levin also commented: “The Queen’s motto is ‘don’t complain don’t explain’. I think in her heart she will be extremely embarrassed.
“I know for a fact Prince Andrew does not listen to his advisers.
The Prince of Wales and Duke of York (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles pictured in 1994 (Image: Getty)
“A very senior member of the press team left suddenly two weeks ago and the implication is he would not have approved of what Prince Andrew did.”
However, Andrew’s decision to speak to the BBC mirrors his older brother Charles’ decision to do the same back in 1994.
When the Prince of Wales spoke to the BBC’s Jonathan Dimbleby, the interview was widely regarded as a “disaster”.
Not only this, but Charles went ahead and insisted on the interview, despite the warnings of his press secretary at the time, and “infuriated” both Prince Philip and the Queen.
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