Prince Andrew’s ‘overconfidence’ led him to do Newsnight interview

Prince Andrew among royals attending Easter service

Prince Andrew’s “overconfidence” led him to do the notorious Newsnight interview, according to a new documentary. The Duke of York’s sit-down interview with Emily Maitlis prompted him to be stripped of his military titles, royal patronages and use of the HRH title before he settled a civil lawsuit brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre for a reported £12million. An upcoming documentary on ITVX titled The Real Crown will explore the sit-down interview that spectacularly backfired on Andrew.

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In the documentary, Tory peer Lord Patten said that the Newsnight interview revealed Andrew’s blind self-assurance.

He said: “He thought he was capable of getting away with some answer which inevitably turns around and hits him over the head. It says he’s not plugged into the same reality as the rest of us.”

The interview took place in 2019, with Andrew claiming he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the night Ms Giuffre claimed she had sex with him when she was 17-years-old.

He also tried to dispel her claims that he “sweats profusely” by claiming he was unable to perspire after being shot during the Falklands War.

The royal also implied that a photo of them together at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London mews was faked.

Andrew used the interview to defend his decision to stay with Jeffrey Epstein after his release from prison for child sex offences.

He said it “felt like the right thing to do” and added that he was “too honourable” to refuse the offer.

The new five-part documentary series is set to air later this month, with more of Lord Patten’s views on the Duke of York emerging.

The show also claims that the late Queen wanted both Prince William and Prince Harry to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan when war broke out in 2001.

It was then decided it was “too risky” to send the future heir to war, according to an ex-army chief.

Sir Mike breached protocol by revealing details of his private audience with the Queen. He said: “What goes on in those audiences and who says what to whom remains for the two people involved, and I will break the rule about not divulging what goes on on this one occasion.

“She was very clear. She said, ‘My grandsons have taken my shilling, therefore they must do their duty.’ And that was that. But it was decided that William as heir to the heir, the risk is too great. But for his younger brother, the risk was acceptable.”

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