Television interviews have rarely gone well. While they undoubtedly generate immense publicity and allow the interviewee an unrivalled opportunity to speak directly to the public, they have often backfired.
The Telegraph takes a look at some unforgettable interviews with members of the Royal family.
Duke of York and Emily Maitlis
The last royal interview came courtesy of the Duke of York, whose effort to “set the record straight” about his relationship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations that he had slept with a teenager trafficked from the US was an unmitigated disaster.
The interview with Emily Maitlis for Panorama in November 2019 resulted in the Duke being effectively sacked as a working royal, while charities and patronages flocked to end their association with him.
He was ridiculed for claiming he could not have slept with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre 18 years earlier, because he was at Pizza Express in Woking, as well as the revelation that he did not sweat due to a “peculiar medical condition” arising from an overdose of adrenaline during the Falklands War.
The Duke also claimed he had spent four days at the disgraced businessman’s New York home in 2010 in order to do the “honourable thing” and “show leadership” by ending their friendship.
Princess Diana and Martin Bashir
Perhaps the most famous royal interview was that given by Diana, Princess of Wales, to Martin Bashir for Panorama in 1995.
Almost 23 million viewers watched as the Princess declared of her relationship with the Prince of Wales: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” She also spoke of the lack of support she felt from the Royal family, her battle with bulimia and her doubts over her husband’s future as king.
The interview is said to have proved the last straw for the Queen, who one month later instructed the estranged couple to seek a divorce, which they did in 1996.
Duchess of York and Oprah Winfrey
Prince Andrew’s former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2010 after she was left humiliated by a newspaper sting that caught her offering to sell access to the Duke for £500,000.
The Duchess repeatedly talked about herself in the third person and broke down in tears during the confessional interview, in which she spoke of “trying to be perfect for 25 years”.
Prince of Wales and Jonathan Dimbleby
The Prince revealed to Jonathan Dimbleby in 1994 that he had committed adultery and admitted his marriage had broken down “irretrievably” in 1986.