Beatrice ‘told Prince Andrew you’ve hurt our family’, royal insider reveals

Princess Beatrice told her father Prince Andrew that he had “hurt” the Royal Family in the wake of his car crash interview, when he was grilled on his friendship with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York sparked headlines across the world when he sat down with the BBC ’s Emily Maitlis in 2019.

In the wake of the interview, his eldest daughter, gave him a dressing down, according to Texan businessman John Bryan – who infamously was once pictured sucking the toes of Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

Bryan has remained in close touch with Fergie and told the Daily Mailthe Queen’s youngest son was “very upset” and downcast after his interview – but not as upset as Beatrice.

Mr Bryan said in the interview: “He was shouting, 'I don't care anymore, I don't care. I am being treated unfairly.'

"In the four years I dated Sarah, I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. It showed what strain he was under, how much he cared about the damage this was doing to the Royal Family.

“[Beatrice was] hugely distressed and [told her father] ‘You’ve hurt our family’.”

Newsnight producer Sam McAlister appeared on ITV's This Morning this summer and revealed that Beatrice was there to support her father through negotiations, and that Prince Andrew himself initially thought the interview had gone 'wonderfully'.

Sam said: "Prince Andrew said 'oh by the way, I've brought someone with me'.

"I'm thinking it's got to be a lawyer, please God for your sake, let it be a lawyer, and then round the corner, Princess Beatrice is here.

"Now the only thing worse than negotiating an interview with an alleged sex offender in a royal situation is doing so in front of his young daughter."

Earlier this year it was reported in the moments after the interview, Andrew – said to be the Queen’s favourite son – was delighted with how it had gone.

Sam , who for 10 years was the interviews' producer on the flagship BBC news programme, revealed more on the chat with Prince Andrew, over his friendship with convicted paedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

She said Andrew, who still lives with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, was so pleased with his performance immediately after the interview, he offered her, Ms Maitlis and the rest of the Newsnight team a tour of the Palace.

In an extract published in the Daily Mail recalling the moments immediately after the cameras stopped rolling, she wrote: "I couldn't look at anyone. I could barely believe his people hadn't stopped the interview. I would have, despite the consequences.

"'How did you think it went?' I asked the equerry. She beamed. 'Wasn't he wonderful!' she said.”

Businessman Mr Bryan was part of his own scandal which rocked the Royals in 1992, when he was photographed sucking the toes of Sarah Ferguson months after she separated from Andrew. This was also portrayed in the fifth season of The Crown.


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