PRINCE ANDREW & THE EPSTEIN SCANDAL: THE NEWSNIGHT INTERVIEW

Emily Maitlis interviews Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace MARK HARRISON/BBC
The more time I spent watching the interview, the angrier I got. I got angry because I felt like I was watching a man who was so busy trying to save his image and power, that he appeared to have forgotten the reason he was there in the first place.

Surely the purpose of this interview was to show a level of remorse and acknowledge the part he allegedly played in this atrocious situation for the many women, deeply affected either by the Prince himself, or Epstein, the man he called a friend.

Mavis Mazhura, International Human Behaviour specialist, once said that ‘emotions can get in the way or get you on your way’. Something I wonder if Prince Andrew had in mind during the interview. I sat, eyes burning through the screen, wishing he would take responsibility for his part in all of this and use his position of given power for good.

He knew the only way for us to listen to what he had to say was to feel like he meant what he was saying. Unfortunately, the whole interview was a void of raw emotions on his part, and thus anything he said to try and convince us of his innocence was overshadowed by him saying that, to this day, he doesn’t regret his friendship with Epstein.

People are raised in such a vast array of circumstances and his up-bringing can only be described as privileged.

My despair continued, fuelled by more inadequate responses from Prince Andrew. Could he be forgiven for trying not to get over emotional? Probably. Can we forgive him for appearing so disconnected from the public that the most relatable thing he’s ever done is have a pizza in Woking? Probably not.

People are raised in such a vast array of circumstances and his up-bringing can only be described as privileged. Yet, it’s not this that aggravates me. I feel hurt and let down by the Monarchy that is supposed to represent their public and be honourable to us. Yet the only honour he seemed to care about was his own. 

It’s this honour, he says, that compelled him to stay with Epstein just months after his release from prison. It’s this honour that took him four days to break off a friendship that he claims was only built through Epstein’s girlfriend.

How could it be that the only time we saw any true emotional response was when he was posed with a question he didn’t appear to expect? Still, the response was nothing more than a sharp twitch of the head that caused a ricocheting effect like a face slapped in slow-motion.

Although the reason why he appeared so apathetic can differ, I feel we can agree that his intention during the interview, was to benefit himself, and not those that he has and continues to affect by his inability to acknowledge the wider impact of his actions.

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