PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 20:01, Mon, Aug 3, 2020
Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, 49, has reflected on how "incredibly nervous" she was about her award-winning BBC interview with Prince Andrew. The journalist opened up about the wise words of advice she received from her editor Esme Wren before heading to Buckingham Palace.
I was incredibly nervous.
Emily, who won Interview of the Year and Scoop of the Year awards at the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards for her interview with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew about American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, also discussed why they held the interview close to their chests.
“I was incredibly nervous. How could I not be?" she began.
"I remember Esme saying, ‘This interview has to be a document that people can return to in the future.
"It might be the only chance we get to set the record straight.’"
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Emily went on to discuss: "So we kept it very close to our chests until it was done.
"The fear was that the more people who knew, the more likely it was that something would go wrong," she added during an interview with Radio Times.
Emily's ground-breaking interview with Prince Andrew focussed around his links to American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in August.
The journalist's editor, Esme, recalled how she was left feeling "exhilarated and terrified" after their performance.
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