Emily Maitlis: Andrew ‘tells everyone he’s happy’ with Newsnight interview

Emily Maitlis said after her Newsnight interview with the Duke of York that he “tells everyone he’s happy” and the palace feels it’s “sure but fair” but she doesn’t feel they anticipate how the public and the press will react.

Following his November 2019 interview, Andrew was tipped off about his relationship with the late billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the interview went on to win the scoop of the year at the Awards. Royal Television in 2020.

The journalist told The Times she felt no guilt when he gave up public life after the show aired and felt anger about his friendship with Epstein.

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The Duke of York (Chris Jackson/PA)

Maitlis revealed that “almost nobody knew except the Queen” about the interview and that she thought he had “the guts” to agree to speak with them.

“I feel he has behaved quite well. He gave us this hour in the palace and was willing to talk about anything,” she said.

“Most politicians now won’t even talk about their own policies. So at least he has the guts.”

She said he then spent a long time “chatting with us and allowing us to take pictures along the corridor”.

“He even gave me this guided tour, saying, ‘Your Majesty just got up these steps. When you come back next time, I’ll have to show you more,’ she added.

Before the explosive interview aired, Maitlis said she asked several of his acquaintances what he thought, and they apparently reported back that he was pleased with it.

“He went to one of his ‘frank weekend shoots’ and told everyone there that he was having fun,” she recalls.

“The palace told us it was ‘certain but fair’. I don’t think they realize how the public or the press will react. They certainly didn’t expect rage. “

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She added: “A good friend of Prince Charles said, ‘Don’t worry, you won’t be put in the Tower.

“I think they might think I did what I had to do. I didn’t feel guilty when he stepped down from his royal roles four days later.”

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The journalist presented MacTaggart’s Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival last month, where she criticized the BBC’s response to the 2020 section of Newsnight (Jane Barlow/PA)

Maitlis joined the BBC in 2001 and presented Newsnight from 2006 until earlier this year when she left the broadcaster for rival media group Global.

Last month, she gave the prestigious MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival, where she criticized the BBC’s response to the 2020 section of Newsnight, in which she opened the episode by saying Dominic Cummings , then the chief adviser to Boris Johnson, “broke the rules” with a lockdown trip to Durham and “the country can see that, and it shocks the Government that it can’t”.

The journalist said the BBC had “tried to appease” Number 10 by quickly issuing an apology for her monologue and that she felt her introduction received “more attention than the truth”. that it deserves”.

Speaking to The Times about her decision to leave the BBC, she said: “On a practical level, there are projects I just can’t do.

“I kept having to say, ‘I’ll ask, but probably not’.”

She added: “I also don’t want to stay if it means my job is worse.

“I have always felt strongly that we have a real responsibility in the great positions of broadcasting to address our audiences forcefully without fear of offending or offending those in power. permission.

“It’s important for me to be able to do it the right way, instead of always self-censoring and I increasingly find myself unable to.”

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Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis left the BBC earlier this year to join the Global media team (Global/PA)

Asked if the BBC has become too scared to hold politicians accountable in case it jeopardizes its license fees, she replied: “The last thing I want to do is join the BBC’s army of critics, because I’ve had the most phenomenal of two decades. there.

“Inevitably, the BBC is a lightning rod for anything that any ruling government doesn’t like, but I think attacks have increased excessively – we have a government that no longer considers emphasis on public sector broadcasting.

“We need to fight this intentional fraud against one of our great organisations. The BBC’s management thought, ‘Blimey, we have to be really careful with what we say, or they’ll take away our funding’.

“But I argue the opposite, that if we don’t do our job right, holding the government accountable, we don’t deserve to ask the public to give us money.”

She added that she thinks politics has “fundamentally changed” and that the press hasn’t realized that “when people say fake news, they’re trying to disorient you and demean the public.” your job, so they can bypass any oversight you give them.”

“It’s a game that politicians are playing that the BBC, in particular, doesn’t understand,” she added.

She feels that Global will be “very edited” with her new podcast, titled The News Agents, which she has created with former BBC colleagues Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall.

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