Andrew Neil shares 'disappointment' at missing out on cameo role in 's ...

ANDREW NEIL shared his "disappointment" over a missed opportunity to have a cameo role in 's popular series The Crown.

PUBLISHED: 21:20, Mon, Nov 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:31, Mon, Nov 23, 2020

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The fourth series of the fictionalised drama based on historical events includes a storyline that depicts growing tension between the Queen and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. One particular episode shows the pair clashing over whether sanctions should be applied amid many nations condemning apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, The Sunday Times said aides of the Queen had claimed the monarch was dismayed by many policies of Mrs Thatcher.


The story was unprecedented as the Queen must stay non-political, according to Britain’s constitution.

However, Buckingham Palace quickly disputed the report, saying it was "without foundation".

Mr Neil, who was editor of The Sunday Times at the time, has since said he hoped his part in breaking such historical events to the British public would result in the former BBC broadcaster landing a "prominent appearance" in the show.

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However, his excitement soon vanished as this never materialised.

He wrote in The Times: "I approached the latest series of ’s The Crown with a certain anticipation, even excitement.

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"Episode eight, I had been warned, is all about the great and unprecedented bust-up between the Queen and the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, revealed in a sensational front-page story that reverberated around the world in July 1986: 'Queen dismayed by ‘uncaring’ Thatcher.'

"I was the Sunday Times editor who wrote the headline and ran the story — and who put his job on the line in doing so.

"I was widely reviled for publishing a story 'without foundation' (copyright: Buckingham Palace) and inundated with demands for my resignation and readers’ requests to cancel their subscriptions.

"I was eventually vindicated when the source became known and realisation slowly dawned: it was true after all."

Mr Neil was referring to Michael Shea, the Queen’s press secretary, as the source, whom he later said "outed himself".

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