Prince Andrew’s aides thought he was “WONDERFUL” on Newsnight as new painful details from the car crash interview surfaced

Prince Andrew’s aides thought he was “gorgeous” in his Newsnight interview, it turns out.

Sam McAlister, the show’s interview producer, has revealed painful details of the Duke’s 2019 “trainwreck” interview with Emily Maitlis.

Prince Andrew's staff thought he was wonderful in the interview


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He was grilled for his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein


He was grilled for his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey EpsteinCredit: PA

At the time, Andrew was being grilled over his ties to dead paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

And now, three years after the interview, McAlister has revealed the Duke was so pleased with his performance that he even offered the Nightnews team a tour of the palace.

During the interview, Andrew said he had “no recollection” of meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

He even provided an “alibi” claiming he was at a Pizza Express birthday party in Woking with his daughter Princess Beatrice on the night the alleged encounter took place.

McAlister said the Duke’s aides beamed after the interview, with one exclaiming, “Wasn’t he wonderful?”

And Amanda Thirsk, the Duke’s private secretary at the time, who “smiled”.

The details of the car crash interview have emerged from McAlister’s forthcoming book Scoops: Behind The Scenes Of The BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews.

In an excerpt published by MailOnline, McAlister recalled the moments immediately after the interview ended.

She wrote: “I couldn’t look at anyone. I couldn’t believe his people hadn’t called off the interview.

“I would have done it despite the consequences.

“‘How do you think it went?’ I asked the stable mistress, she was beaming.

“‘Wasn’t he wonderful!’ she said. “I expected Amanda Thirsk to be distraught, the prince to look shocked or concerned, but she smiled and he seemed elated.”

“And then it hit me: He actually thought it went well.

“He was in such a good mood that he offered us all a tour of the palace. I couldn’t go.

“I couldn’t have spoken to him in good faith. Of course, Emily couldn’t refuse. I don’t know how she kept her composure.”

McAlister goes on to describe how the interview “got worse and worse.”

She recalled Andrew’s response when asked if he felt guilty, regretted or ashamed of his friendship with Epstein.

She wrote: “I looked up from the floor and watched as he rallied for one of the final replies.

“‘As far as Mr. Epstein is concerned, visiting him in 2010 was the wrong decision.

“‘As for my working with him, it’s had some seriously positive results in areas unrelated to what we’re talking about today.’

“Extraordinary that he couldn’t see how awful that sounded.”

She added: “That was it. An interview more shocking than any of us could have predicted.

“I couldn’t look at anyone. I couldn’t believe his people hadn’t called off the interview. I would have done it, despite the consequences.”

The revelations come just days after socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting and grooming dozens of girls over the twisted Epstein.

The convicted sex trafficker and Andrew allegedly flirted while hanging out together on Epstein’s notorious Caribbean island of Little St. James, the former housekeeper has claimed.

And now, in Maxwell’s verdict, the Duke of York is said to be the “next target” of lawyers in an investigation into the sex ring controlled by multi-millionaire pedophile Epstein.

The Duke agreed to a £12million settlement with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre in February.

Spencer Kuvin, who has represented nine Epstein victims, told The Sun: “Anyone who has taken advantage of a minor because that minor was made available to them by Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell should also be prosecuted.

“It is highly unlikely that extradition will ever occur, so the prince would have to be here in the US and arrested while he was here.

“Tell Prince Andrew to spend the summer here in the US. Come on vacation.”

However, ashamed, Andrew has no intention of helping authorities with the investigation, a source has claimed.

A well-placed source told the Mirror: “Andrew has no intention of speaking to US authorities.

“He has nothing to say and nothing to add.

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“He sees no reason why anyone would want to speak to him, and now that his case with Virginia Giuffre has been settled, he considers the matter closed.”

In January 2020, Andrew claimed he had offered to help American prosecutors in their investigations into Epstein three times.

Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC’s most shocking interviews is published by Oneworld on 14th July. Prince Andrew’s aides thought he was “WONDERFUL” on Newsnight as new painful details from the car crash interview surfaced


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