Sam McAlister, who produced the now-famous BBC interview with Prince Andrew, and Emily Maitlis, the journalist who interviewed him, had gone to Buckingham Palace to satisfy with Andrew within the fall of 2019 to debate whether or not or not he is likely to be fascinated with doing a “Newsnight” interview. In recalling this assembly, McAlister admitted she knew she had one shot to persuade Andrew to do the interview, and so she stated one thing very daring.
“Sir,” McAlister stated to the senior royal seated throughout from her, “I’ve lived on this nation for over 40 years and, till now, I solely knew two issues about you. It is that you simply’re generally known as ‘Air Miles Andy’ and ‘Randy Andy.’ And I can completely inform you that the latter actually would not provide help to in your present predicament.” And Andrew’s response? He laughed. In reality, each journalists recalled Andrew being very heat, welcoming, and magnanimous towards them and towards their thought of giving him a platform to share his story. It appeared he felt constructive about his potential to inform his aspect in a approach that the broader public would assist and perceive.
McAlister and Maitlis additionally recalled that Andrew had introduced a shock visitor to this assembly – his daughter Princess Beatrice.