Transcript: The Palace and the Press - Held to Account | Jan 01, 2021

(intense music plays)

A Male Narrator says THE ROYAL FAMILY
AND THE TABLOID PRESS HAVE
HAD A LONG AND COMPLICATED
RELATIONSHIP.
SOMETIMES THEY'RE FRIENDS.
SOMETIMES THEY ARE NOT.

Fast clips of the British Royal family flash by.

Female Reporter says THIS IS HARASSMENT
AND MUST STOP.

The Narrator says THIS IS THE INSIDE STORY
OF THAT FASCINATING
RELATIONSHIP; OF HOW THE
EDITORS AND COPYWRITERS GOT
THEIR BIGGEST ROYAL SCOOPS
AND MOST ICONIC FRONT PAGES,
AND HOW CREATING THEM HAD THE
POWER TO RESHAPE PUBLIC
OPINION.

Kelvin says THE TABLOIDS ARE CRITICIZED
LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTRE.
BUT WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT'S
REALLY GOING ON AT THE UPPER END
OF THE ESTABLISHMENT.

The Narrator says IN THIS EPISODE, WE REVEAL
HOW THE MOST POWERFUL FAMILY IN
BRITAIN ARE TAKEN TO TASK BY
THE TABLOIDS.

A blond woman says WE'RE THERE TO ALLOW THE
PUBLIC TO SEE BEHIND THE FACADE.

The Narrator says WHENEVER THEY'VE ABUSED
THEIR ENORMOUS PRIVILEGES, THE
TABLOIDS MAKE SURE WE KNOW ALL
ABOUT IT.

Charles says THINGS WERE HAPPENING WITHIN
THE ROYAL FAMILY, QUITE A LOT
OF THINGS THAT THEY WOULD
RATHER WERE KEPT QUIET.
BUT THAT WOULD NOT STOP US
AT ALL.

Katie says WE COVER THEM IN GOOD
TIMES, BUT ALSO IN BAD.
AND THE COMMON THEME THROUGHOUT
HAS BEEN TABLOID SCRUTINY.

Wearing a green dress with a matching hat, Queen Elizabeth says THAT
SCRUTINY CAN BE JUST AS
EFFECTIVE IF IT IS MADE WITH A
TOUCH OF GENTLENESS, GOOD
HUMOUR, AND UNDERSTANDING.

(people shouting, cameras snapping)
The title of the series reads "The Palace and the Press. Held to Account."

The Narrator says IN JANUARY, 1993, A TAPE
LANDED ON THE DESK OF THE
EDITOR OF THE
PEOPLE
NEWSPAPER.
ON IT, AN ASTONISHING RECORDING
OF A LATE-NIGHT PHONE CALL
BETWEEN PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS
MISTRESS, CAMILLA PARKER
BOWLES.
THE REVELATIONS SENT A
SHOCKWAVE THROUGH THE COUNTRY.

A caption reads "Katie Nicholl. The Mail on Sunday (2001-12)." Katie is in his early forties, with long brown hair. She wears a bright pink dress.

Katie says HERE WAS A RECORDING OF THE
FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND SPEAKING
TO HIS MISTRESS IN THE MOST
INTIMATE AND PERSONAL OF TERMS.

The caption changes to "Charles Rae. Daily Star/The Sun (1979-2007)." Charles is in his early seventies, clean-shaven and bald. He wears a dark gray jacket and a beige shirt.

Charles says HE TALKED ABOUT
HIM BEING IN HER KNICKERS.
AND YOU JUST THINK, "OH, MY GOD!
I CANNOT BELIEVE HE'S SAID
SOMETHING LIKE THAT."

Katie says THIS WAS A POTENTIAL
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS FOR THE
MONARCHY, BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE
SAYING, "QUITE FRANKLY, THIS
MAN IS NOT SUITABLE TO BE KING."

The Narrator says AS SHOCKING AND TAWDRY AS
THE STORY WAS, THIS WAS TABLOID
JOURNALISM FULFILLING A ROLE.
HOLDING THOSE IN HIGH OFFICE
ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

The caption changes to "Camilla Tominey. Sunday Express (2003-18)." Camilla is in her early forties, with short brown hair. She wears a light salmon blouse and pearl earrings.

Camilla says PEOPLE LOVE
TO HATE THE TABLOIDS.
AND THEY SUGGEST THAT THE
TABLOIDS MAKE STUFF UP AND COME
UP WITH SALACIOUS DETAIL.
BUT THIS WAS THE ROYALS IN THEIR
OWN WORDS.

The Narrator says BUT TAMPONGATE, AS IT WAS
DUBBED, WAS JUST ONE IN A LONG
LINE IN SCANDALS THAT HAVE
BEDEVILLED THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR
EVER SINCE ELIZABETH II CAME TO
THE THRONE.

The caption changes to "Chapter 01: It all began with a princess."

(crowd applauding, cheering)

The Narrator says EARLY IN THE QUEEN'S REIGN,
THERE WAS ONE ROYAL IN
PARTICULAR WHOSE BEHAVIOUR WAS
CALLED TO ACCOUNT BY THE
TABLOIDS.
AND HER EXPLOITS COULD SHIFT
NEWSPAPERS LIKE NO OTHER.

A picture of a young woman with a flower crown appears.

Carole says PRINCESS MARGARET
WAS A GIFT TO THE TABLOID PRESS
FROM DAY ONE.
IN THE '50S AND THE '60S, SHE
WAS ON A PAR WITH FILM STARS
LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR.

The Narrator says THE QUEEN'S YOUNGER AND
WILDER SISTER BEGAN ATTRACTING
THE WRONG HEADLINES JUST AS
ELIZABETH SET OUT ON HER REIGN.

Katie says MARGARET WAS A LOT MORE OF
AN EXTROVERT.
SHE LOVED TO PARTY.
SHE ENJOYED SOCIALIZING.

The caption changes to "Carole Malone. Daily Express (2019-present). The Mirror Group/News of the World (1997-2016)." Carole is in her early fifties, with shoulder-length blond hair and bangs. She wears a bright pink blouse and black trousers.

Sitting in a fancy kitchen, Carole says IF SHE'D LIVED A QUIET LIFE,
SHE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN OF ANY
INTEREST TO US, BUT SHE WASN'T.
SHE WAS LIVING A TOTALLY
DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE FROM THE
QUEEN.
AND THAT MADE IT NEWSWORTHY.

The Narrator says THEN MARGARET CAUSED A REAL
STORM.
SHE FELL FOR AN EQUERRY CALLED
PETER TOWNSEND.
BUT BECAUSE HER FIRST LOVE WAS
A DIVORCEE, THERE WAS UPROAR.

Charles says THAT WAS REALLY
THE START OF WHEN THE TABLOIDS
REALIZED THAT ROYAL FAMILIES
WERE A STORY IN THEMSELVES.
AND STARTED TO APPOINT SPECIFIC
REPORTERS TO COVER THE ROYAL
FAMILY.

Camilla says IF YOU THINK BACK TO
THE ABDICATION CRISIS, A LOT OF
WHAT WAS GOING ON BETWEEN
EDWARD VIII AND WALLIS SIMPSON
WAS KEPT SECRET.
BUT I THINK THEY FELT WITH
PRINCESS MARGARET THEY WERE
GOING TO TAKE THE GLOVES OFF.

Old footage shows Princess Margaret getting married.

The Narrator says WHEN THE PRINCESS DID GET
WED, TO THE SOCIETY
PHOTOGRAPHER WHO BECAME LORD
SNOWDEN, THE TABLOIDS LOVED IT.
AFTER ALL, HE WAS QUITE A
CELEBRITY, TOO.

In off, a man says THE ROYAL COUPLE IN A
HAPPY MOOD.
THEY COOPERATED FULLY WITH ALL
THE CAMERAMEN.

Carole says WHEN
THE SUN
LAUNCHED IN
1964, THE PAPER WAS DRIVEN BY
STORIES ABOUT PRINCESS MARGARET.
SHE HAD EVERYTHING THAT A
TABLOID WANTED TO SELL.

The Narrator says BUT AS THE '60S ROLLED ON,
THE TABLOIDS STOPPED TREATING
MARGARET LIKE A SUPERSTAR.
AND BEGAN TO DELVE INTO THE
DARKER SIDE OF THE PRIVATE LIFE
OF THIS PUBLICLY-FUNDED ROYAL.

Charles says IT WASN'T LONG
BEFORE THERE WERE HINTS THAT NOT
EVERYTHING WAS RIGHT IN THE
MARRIAGE.
THERE WAS DRINKING SESSIONS.

Camilla says THERE WAS
REPORTS OF LOUD SLANGING
MATCHES AND THAT EFFECTIVELY
THEY WERE LIVING SEPARATE LIVES.

Carole says HER AND LORD SNOWDEN
HAD AFFAIRS.
THEY BOTH BEHAVED PRETTY BADLY
AND PRETTY WILDLY.
OF COURSE, A NEWSPAPER WRITING
ABOUT THAT IS GOING TO MAKE A
JUDGEMENT.

The Narrator says BUT TIMES WERE CHANGING.
A RECESSION WAS LOOMING IN THE
COUNTRY.
AND THE PUBLIC WERE BECOMING
LESS AND LESS TOLERANT OF
MARGARET'S WAYWARD AND
EXTRAVAGANT BEHAVIOUR.

Charles says AS WE KNOW, THE
'70S WAS TOUGH TIMES.
YET WE'VE STILL GOT THE
SITUATION WHERE MEMBERS OF THE
ROYAL FAMILY WERE ENJOYING WHAT
APPEARED TO BE, AND WAS, A
LAVISH LIFESTYLE.

The Narrator says INTO THAT LIFESTYLE STEPPED
RODERIC VICTOR LLEWELLYN.
SON OF A BARONET, LANDSCAPE
GARDENER, AND 17 YEARS HER
JUNIOR.

Camilla says RODDY LLEWELLYN JUST
REPRESENTED FREEDOM AND FUN AND
HER ABILITY TO DO HER OWN THING.
AND ALSO, HE GAVE HER THE
ATTENTION THAT SHE SO CRAVED.

A black and white picture of a young man smoking appears.

The Narrator says THE COUPLE MET IN 1973.
AND HE SOON BECAME A REGULAR
GUEST AT THE PRINCESS'S ROYAL
RESIDENCE ON THE CARIBBEAN
ISLAND OF MUSTIQUE.

Camilla says IT WAS A
PRIVATE ISLAND.
YOU HAD TO FLY ON A PRIVATE JET
TO GET THERE.
YOU WERE VETTED BEFORE YOU EVEN
LANDED ON THAT AIRSTRIP.
SO IT'S THE PERFECT HOLIDAY
DESTINATION FOR ROYALS WHO DON'T
WANT THE TABLOIDS LOOKING AT
WHAT THEY'RE DOING ON THEIR
PRIVATE HOLIDAY.

The Narrator says BUT THE TABLOIDS WEREN'T
GIVING UP.
AND A FEW YEARS LATER, THE
NEWS
OF THE WORLD
MANAGED TO BREACH
THE ISLAND'S DEFENCES TO TAKE
THESE CANDID PICTURES.

Charles says WHAT WAS PERFECT ABOUT IT
WAS, SHE WAS A ROYAL PRINCESS,
HER MARRIAGE WAS ON THE SKIDS,
AND SHE'D GOT A TOY-BOY.
GREAT NEWSPAPER STORY.
YOU CAN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN
THAT.

A headline reads "Margaret and the handsome young courtier."

The Narrator says THE PAPER SPLASHED THE
PICTURES OF THE COUPLE IN AN
EXPLOSIVE TABLOID STORY.
NOT ONLY DID SALES GO THROUGH
THE ROOF, BUT THINGS WERE NEVER
QUITE THE SAME AGAIN.

Camilla says THAT
NEWS OF
THE WORLD
SCOOP WAS PROBABLY
THE FIRST MAJOR ROYAL EXPOSÉ.
IT DOES SEEMS SOMEWHAT INNOCUOUS
NOW.
BUT IF YOU TAKE YOURSELF BACK
TO THE 1970S AND THE IDEA OF
PRINCESS MARGARET NOT JUST
CAVORTING WITH ANOTHER MAN BUT
JUST HAVING FUN AT TAXPAYERS'
EXPENSE-- ONLY COMPOUNDED THE
PROBLEM.
BUT EQUALLY, IT SET THE
TEMPLATE, REALLY, FOR FUTURE
STORIES IN TABLOIDS LIKE THE
NEWS OF THE WORLD.
NOT JUST KISS AND TELLS, BUT
EXPOSÉS OF AFFAIRS AND
WRONGDOING.

Male Journalist says RODDY!

In a press conference, Roddy says YES.

Male Journalist says THIS WAY.
TURN ROUND.

The Narrator says TALES OF TOY-BOYS AND
EXTRAVAGANT PARTIES ON TROPICAL
ISLANDS, ALL FUNDED BY THE
BRITISH TAXPAYER, DID NOT SIT
WELL WITH A COUNTRY FACING
FINANCIAL TURMOIL.

In a protest, a man yells BRITISH STEEL COSTS THE
BLOODY TAXPAYERS A MILLION
POUND A DAY!

The Narrator says AND GIVEN THE MOOD IN THE
NATION, THE PAPERS WERE MORE
THAN READY TO HOLD HER TO
ACCOUNT.

Katie says QUESTIONS WERE ASKED,
NOT JUST BY THE TABLOID PRESS,
BUT BY MPS.
REALLY, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF
PRINCESS MARGARET?

Carole says PRINCESS MARGARET
DIDN'T BEHAVE LIKE THE SISTER OF
THE QUEEN.
THE QUEEN SPENT MANY YEARS
DURING MARGARET'S LIFE CLEARING
UP AFTER HER, YOU KNOW.
AND MARGARET JUST DIDN'T SEEM
TO CARE.

The Narrator says THE PRINCESS WAS BRANDED A
PARASITE AND FACED CALLS FROM
THE TABLOIDS TO HAVE HER
TAXPAYER-FUNDED INCOME TAKEN
AWAY.

A newspaper headline reads "Calls for Princess Margaret to resign."

Camilla says I THINK WHAT THIS SCANDAL
DID, REALLY, WAS WAKE THE
PUBLIC UP TO THE FACT THAT THE
ROYALS HAD TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
FOR THE MONEY THAT THEY WERE
SPENDING.
AND THIS MADE A VERY PRIVATE
MATTER VERY PUBLIC.

The Narrator says MARGARET SOON ANNOUNCED HER
SEPARATION FROM HER HUSBAND.
BUT ALTHOUGH SHE BRAVED OUT THE
STORM AND GOT TO KEEP HER
INCOME, THERE WOULD BE MANY
MORE TUSSLES WITH THE TABLOIDS.
SIXTEEN YEARS LATER, THE RED
TOPS HAD A FAR BIGGER TARGET
IN THEIR SIGHTS.
NOT THE QUEEN'S SISTER,
BUT THE QUEEN HERSELF.
1992 SAW A TIDE OF ROYAL
REVELATIONS IN THE TABLOIDS
THAT WOULD SEE THE REPUTATION
OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR
SEVERELY DENTED.

Katie says THE ROYAL FAMILY WERE BEING
TAKEN TO TASK BY THE MEDIA.
AND THEY WERE HAVING A TOUGH
TIME IN THE TABLOIDS.

The Narrator says THIS PRESSURE FROM THE PRESS
WOULD EVENTUALLY HELP TO FORCE
A MONUMENTAL CHANGE TO THE
MONARCHY.

Camilla says IT'S NO WONDER THAT THE
QUEEN DUBBED IT HER ANNUS
HORRIBILIS.

The caption changes to "Chapter 02: Her majesty's taxing year."

The Narrator says 1992 WAS MEANT TO BE A
CELEBRATION FOR THE QUEEN,
MARKING HER 40TH YEAR ON THE
THRONE.
BUT A CATALOGUE OF ROYAL
SCANDALS AND CATASTROPHES IN
THE TABLOIDS SOON SOURED THE
MOOD.

Carole says FOR US, IT WAS A
BUMPER YEAR IN TERMS OF ROYAL
STORIES.
BUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IT ALSO DID
WAS, IT STRIPPED AWAY THE
MYSTIQUE FROM THE MONARCHY.
IT WAS EXPOSED AS HAVING AS MANY
SCANDALS, IF NOT MORE, THAN YOUR
AVERAGE FAMILY.

Charles says YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT
UNDERLYING ALL THIS, WE STILL
HAD, YOU KNOW, BIG QUESTIONS
THAT WERE ASKED EVERY YEAR ABOUT
ROYAL FINANCES.
YOU KNOW, WERE THEY WORTH IT?
YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH ARE THEY
GETTING?

Camilla says JANUARY
DIDN'T EXACTLY START WELL FOR
THE ROYALS, WITH THE DUCHESS OF
YORK-- OR FERGIE, AS SHE WAS
AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN IN THE
NEWSPAPERS-- GOING ON A HOLIDAY
WITH STEVE WYATT.
A OIL TYCOON WHO CLEARLY WASN'T
HER HUSBAND, PRINCE ANDREW.

The Narrator says THIS INDISCRETION FOCUSED
THE ATTENTION OF THE TABLOIDS
ON THE DUCHESS.
THEY BEGAN TO PROBE THE STATE
OF HER MARRIAGE TO PRINCE
ANDREW AND RUMOURS OF A RIFT
BETWEEN FERGIE AND THE REST OF
THE ROYALS.

A newspaper headline reads "Mystery of Fergie photographs. Knives out for Fergie in bitter palace feud."

Charles says THINGS WERE
HAPPENING WITHIN THE ROYAL
FAMILY, QUITE A LOT OF THINGS
THAT THEY WOULD RATHER WERE KEPT
QUIET.
BUT THAT WOULD NOT STOP US
AT ALL.

Katie says BY MARCH, THE PALACE
ANNOUNCED THAT PRINCE ANDREW
AND SARAH FERGUSON WERE GOING
TO SEPARATE.
SO, FOR THE QUEEN, THAT MUST
HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY
DEVASTATING, VERY PAINFUL.
BUT FOR THE BRAND AND THE
INSTITUTION ITSELF, IT WAS ALSO
VERY DAMAGING.

The Narrator says THAT SUMMER, THE DUCHESS WAS
BACK IN THE HEADLINES.
WHILST ON ANOTHER HOLIDAY,
AGAIN PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYER,
SHE WAS SNAPPED IN A SERIES OF
SENSATIONAL AND COMPROMISING
PHOTOS.

(suspenseful music plays)

Charles says SHE'S SITTING
TOPLESS.
SHE'S HAVING HER TOES SUCKED BY
HER TEXAN FINANCIAL ADVISOR,
JOHN BRYAN.
AND SHE'S BEEN CAUGHT OUT BY A
VERY FAMOUS FRENCH PAPARAZZI.
THE PAPARAZZI HIMSELF HAD SPENT
A WEEK HIDING IN THE UNDERGROWTH
NEAR THE VILLA.
AND SO, BASICALLY, HE HAD OPEN
SEASON ON THE COUPLE.

Camilla says THERE WAS A
JUSTIFIABLE PUBLIC INTEREST IN
EXPOSING THE FACT THAT FERGIE
WAS ON HOLIDAY WITH ANOTHER MAN
WHO WASN'T HER HUSBAND.

Carole says SHE WAS MARRIED TO A PRINCE,
A FAR HEIR TO THE THRONE, BUT
NONETHELESS, PRINCE ANDREW.
AND SHE WAS CLEARLY INVOLVED
WITH HER FINANCIAL ADVISOR.

The caption changes to "Kelvin MacKenzie. Editor, The Sun (1981-94)." Kelvin is in his late sixties, clean-shaven with receding white hair. He wears a blue shirt.

Kelvin says A FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF
PICTURES.
LITERALLY, LITERALLY, THE SALE
WENT UP ABOUT 400,000 OR 500,000
FOR, I THINK,
THE DAILY MIRROR,
AT THE TIME.

Camilla says WHAT WAS MOST APPALLING FOR
FERGIE ABOUT THE TOE-SUCKING
HEADLINES WERE THE FACT THAT
SHE WAS IN BALMORAL WITH THE
QUEEN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE
ROYAL FAMILY THAT AUGUST.
SO SHE CAME DOWN TO BREAKFAST.
AND THOSE WERE THE HEADLINES,
AS THEY WERE ALL HAVING THEIR
BOILED EGGS AND SOLDIERS, WHICH
WAS HUGELY EMBARRASSING.

Charles says SHE'S THEN
CALLED INTO A ROOM BY A TOP AIDE
OF THE QUEEN AND ADVISED THE
BEST THING SHE CAN DO, THERE AND
THEN, IS GET OUT OF BALMORAL AND
GET BACK TO, YOU KNOW, LONDON.

Carole says THE ONE THING THAT
WAS CERTAIN WHEN ALL OF US
JOURNALISTS SAW THOSE PICTURES,
WAS THAT HER TIME AS A MEMBER OF
THE ROYAL FAMILY WAS OVER.

The Narratorsays THE TABLOIDS FELT THE PHOTOS
WERE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
THE PALACE DIDN'T AGREE.
A STATEMENT FROM THE ROYAL
PRESS OFFICE SAID THAT THE
QUEEN WAS DISMAYED, CRITICIZING
THE DAILY MIRROR
AND OTHER
TABLOIDS FOR PUBLISHING THE
PICTURES.

Carole says THE EDITOR OF
THE MIRROR
HIT
BACK AND SAID, "YOU KNOW, THEY
SHOWED THE HYPOCRISY OF FERGIE."
AND OF COURSE, IT DID.

The Narrator says IN THE FALLOUT, THE PAPERS
BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE JUST HOW
MUCH THE DISGRACED DUCHESS WAS
COSTING THE BRITISH PUBLIC.

A newspaper headline reads "10 million pounds cost of Fergie. Fergie's free ride on the Royal gravy train."

Camilla says ORDINARY PEOPLE DON'T LIKE
IT WHEN RICH PEOPLE SEEM TO BE
ON THE TAKE.
WHEN YOU HAVE PUBLICLY-FUNDED
ROYALS CAVORTING AROUND ABROAD,
DOING THE WRONG KIND OF THING,
THEN, QUITE LEGITIMATELY, THE
TABLOIDS WILL START TO
SCRUTINISE THAT.
AND EXPECT THEIR READERS TO TAKE
A JUDGEMENT CALL ON IT, TOO.

The Narrator says AS FAR AS THE TABLOIDS WERE
CONCERNED, THE FACT THAT THE
ROYALS WERE SUPPORTED BY THE
TAXPAYER MEANT THAT ANY
MISDEMEANOUR WAS WORTHY OF
PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

In off, a man says
-DAILY MIRROR.

Driving a truck, a young Princess Anne says I HAVEN'T SEE THE PAPER
TODAY.

The man says YEAH.

Princess Anne says WHAT'S HAPPENED?

The Narrator says THERE WOULD BE MORE ROYAL
MARRIAGE SCANDALS THAT YEAR.
FIRST WITH THE DIVORCE OF
PRINCESS ANNE AND CAPTAIN MARK
PHILLIPS.

AND THEN THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCE
CHARLES AND DIANA FELL UNDER
THE TABLOID SPOTLIGHT.

Charles says EVERY DAY
BROUGHT A NEW STORY TO YOU.
AND ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS JUST
BE THERE, LISTEN TO IT, WRITE
IT, AND BANG IT IN THE PAPER.

The Narrator says THE MORE THE ROYALS GOT INTO
TROUBLE, THE MORE THE PAPERS
TOOK THE MORAL HIGH GROUND.
AND THE MONARCHY'S POPULARITY
SLID TO A NEW LOW.

Three male workers read magazines.

Camilla says PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO
WONDER, IS THIS NUCLEAR FAMILY
ACTUALLY QUITE THERMONUCLEAR?

(crowd applauding)
A royal family member waves inside a lavish horse drawn carriage.

The Narrator says AFTER A BRUISING YEAR OF
PRESS SCRUTINY FOR THE ROYALS,
THERE WAS ONE FINAL BLOW.

Male Reporter says IT'S CLEAR THAT WHAT
WE'RE WITNESSING HERE IS A
NATIONAL TRAGEDY.
FIVE HOURS ON, THE FLAMES STILL
RISING FROM THE TURRETS.
THE SMOKE AS THICK AS EVER.
A WHOLE ROYAL TREASURE HOUSE
AT RISK.

The Narrator says THE DEVASTATING FIRE AT
WINDSOR CASTLE IN NOVEMBER WAS
A TRAGEDY FOR THE QUEEN.
BUT IF THE ROYALS EXPECTED
SYMPATHY FROM THE PRESS AND
PUBLIC, THEY WOULD BE SORELY
DISAPPOINTED.

Camilla says WELL, THE QUEEN HAS ALWAYS
REGARDED BUCKINGHAM PALACE AS
HER OFFICE AND WINDSOR CASTLE
AS HER HOME.
AND SO WHEN HER HOME WENT UP IN
FLAMES, CLEARLY, THAT WAS THE
NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF WHAT HAD
BEEN AN APPALLING YEAR.

(piano music plays)

The Narrator says FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT
YEAR, IT SEEMED AS IF THE PRESS
MIGHT BE IN HER CORNER.

Carole says SHE HAD A KIND OF A
RAIN HAT ON AND HER MAC ON.
IF ANYTHING SUMMED UP HER
DESPAIR AT THAT YEAR, THIS
PICTURE WAS IT.
YOU VERY RARELY SEE OUR QUEEN
LOOKING DEFEATED BY ANYTHING.
BUT THAT PICTURE, SHE LOOKED
LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAD JUST HAD
ENOUGH.

Charles says BUT OF COURSE,
YOU'VE GOT, THEN, THIS AMAZING
SITUATION WHERE YOU'VE GOT
VALUABLE ARTEFACTS BEING TAKEN
OUT, YOU KNOW, OF VARIOUS ROOMS
AND AREAS OF WINDSOR CASTLE.
CARRIED ACROSS THE COURTYARD TO
A PLACE OF SAFETY, SOME OF WHICH
WAS QUITE BADLY BURNED.

The Narrator says THE FIRE HAD GIVEN THE
PUBLIC A GLIMPSE OF THE QUEEN'S
VULNERABLE SIDE.
BUT IT HAD ALSO LIFTED THE LID
ON THE MONARCHY'S HIDDEN
WEALTH.
JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER THE BLAZE,
IT WAS A SOMBRE QUEEN THAT WAS
THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE
GUILDHALL IN LONDON TO
CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
OF HER ACCESSION TO THE THRONE.

Carole says WHEN SHE WAS MAKING
THAT SPEECH AT THE GUILDHALL, I
THINK WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS A
PRELUDE TO SOMETHING HUGE.
THE JOURNALISTS I SPOKE TO
THOUGHT SHE WAS MAYBE GOING TO
RESIGN OR SOMETHING.

Giving a speech, Queen Elizabeth says MY LORD MAYOR...
(clearing her throat)

Carole says IT HAD BEEN SO MOMENTOUS IN
A TERRIBLE WAY FOR HER THAT WE
THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO
ANNOUNCE SOMETHING AWFUL THAT
AFFECTED THE MONARCHY.

Queen Elizabeth continues 1992 IS NOT A YEAR ON
WHICH I SHALL LOOK BACK WITH
UNDILUTED PLEASURE.
(clearing her throat)
IN THE WORDS OF ONE OF MY MORE
SYMPATHETIC CORRESPONDENTS, IT
HAS TURNED OUT TO BE AN ANNUS
HORRIBILIS.
(people chuckling)

Camilla says YOU CAN ONLY APPLAUD HER FOR
HER HONESTY.
THIS IDEA THAT NO ONE KNEW WHAT
WAS GOING ON AT THE HEART OF THE
ROYAL FAMILY WHEN IT HAD BEEN
SPLASHED ACROSS THE FRONT PAGES
FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS AND WEEKS...
I THINK THERE WAS SOME GRUDGING
RESPECT FOR THE QUEEN, AS THE
MATRIARCH OF THIS FAMILY FALLING
APART, IN ACTUALLY PUTTING HER
HANDS UP AND SAYING, "LOOK.
NO ONE'S PERFECT."

The Narrator says AND THERE WERE SIGNS IN THIS
UNCHARACTERISTICALLY PERSONAL
SPEECH THAT THE QUEEN WAS
CRUMBLING UNDER THE PRESSURE OF
THE RELENTLESS TABLOID
SCRUTINY.
THE MONARCHY WOULD NEED TO HOLD
ITSELF TO HIGHER STANDARDS.

Queen Elizabeth continues AND THAT SCRUTINY, BY ONE
PART OF ANOTHER, CAN BE JUST AS
EFFECTIVE IF IT IS MADE WITH A
TOUCH OF GENTLENESS, GOOD
HUMOUR, AND UNDERSTANDING.
THIS SORT OF QUESTIONING CAN
ALSO ACT-- AND IT SHOULD DO SO...
AS AN EFFECTIVE ENGINE FOR
CHANGE.

Katie says I DON'T THINK ANYONE
HAD REALLY HEARD THE QUEEN
SPEAK IN SUCH A PERSONAL WAY.
A LOT OF WHAT SHE SAID DID SEEM
TO BE QUITE LOADED WITH MEANING.
THERE WAS CERTAINLY AN
UNDERLYING MESSAGE IN THERE.
AND ALSO PERHAPS A SUGGESTION
THAT SOMETHING WAS ABOUT TO
HAPPEN, SOMETHING WAS ABOUT TO
CHANGE.

A collage shows newspaper headlines.

The Narrator says THE QUEEN ASKED FOR
GENTLENESS AND UNDERSTANDING,
BUT SHE DIDN'T GET IT.
INSTEAD, THE TABLOIDS UPPED THE
PRESSURE ON THE MONARCHY'S
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
WITH ESTIMATES THAT THE CASTLE
WOULD COST UPWARDS OF
60 MILLION POUNDS TO RESTORE,
QUESTIONS WERE ASKED OVER WHO
SHOULD FOOT THE BILL.

A Male MP says WINDSOR CASTLE IS THE
PROPERTY OF THE STATE.
I THEREFORE HAVE NO HESITATION
IN SAYING THAT RESOURCES WILL BE
PROVIDED TO RESTORE THIS MOST
PRECIOUS AND WELL-LOVED PART OF
OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE.

Charles says THERE WERE MEMBERS OF
GOVERNMENT WHO WERE SAYING,
"WELL, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, IT'S
GOING TO HAVE TO BE PAID FOR.
TAXPAYERS' MONEY."

Camilla says AND YES,
THERE IS AN ARGUMENT FOR WINDSOR
CASTLE BEING AN INSTITUTION
THAT'S KEPT FOR THE NATION.
BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S ALSO
THE QUEEN'S HOME.
AND ORDINARY FOLK WOULD PUT IN
AN INSURANCE CLAIM AND IF THEY
HAD TO PAY AN EXCESS, PAY IT.
AND THEY SAY TO THEMSELVES,
"WELL, THE ROYALS AREN'T ANY
DIFFERENT."

Katie says THIS LED TO A PRETTY BIG
FALLOUT WITH QUESTIONS BEING
ASKED IN THE MEDIA.
"WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MA'AM,
YOU KNOW, WHY SHOULD WE, THE
BRITISH TAXPAYER, BE PAYING FOR
THE RESTORATION OF YOUR HOME?"

The Narrator says AFTER A YEAR OF BAD PRESS,
THE PUBLIC HAD RUN OUT OF
SYMPATHY WITH THE ROYALS.
AND OF COURSE, THE RED TOPS
WERE ONCE AGAIN IN THE THICK OF
THE DEBATE.

Carole says THIS IS ONE OF THE TIMES
THAT THE TABLOIDS PLAYED A VERY
ACTIVE ROLE, BECAUSE THEY
WEREN'T JUST COMMENTING ON THE
FIRE.
THEY WERE QUESTIONING WHY THE
ROYAL FAMILY WASN'T GOING
TO PAY.
AND SO, THEY LED THE CHARGE ON
THIS IN A WAY.
AND THAT'S WHY THEY GOT OUT
THESE POLLS, TO ASK THE BRITISH
PUBLIC WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT
IT.

Charles says I THINK THERE WAS SOMETHING
LIKE 60,000 PEOPLE HAD
CONTACTED THE
SUN
AND SAID, "WE
DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT."

Carole says THE
SUNDAY MIRROR
HAD
A POLL.
IT HAD 40,000 PEOPLE RINGING IN.
THEY ALL SAID SHE SHOULD PAY
SOMETHING.

Camilla says THE QUEEN
COULD SENSE THAT THIS WAS A
CHINK IN THE ARMOUR OF THE ROYAL
FAMILY.
AND THIS IDEA THAT THEY WEREN'T
PAYING THEIR WAY SHE KNEW WOULD
ALWAYS BE A STICK TO BEAT THEM
WITH.

An aerial view of Buckingham Palace appears

The Narrator says SO, BY THE END OF THAT
MONTH, PRIME MINISTER JOHN
MAJOR MADE AN HISTORIC
ANNOUNCEMENT TO PARLIAMENT.

In his late forties with a black suit, John Major says THE SOVEREIGN IS NOT IN LAW
LIABLE TO PAY TAX ON HER
PERSONAL INCOME AND DOES NOT AT
PRESENT DO SO.
BUT HER MAJESTY SOME MONTHS AGO
INDICATED TO ME THAT SHE WISHED
CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO
CHANGING THIS ARRANGEMENT.

People say HEAR, HEAR!

The Narrator says THE QUEEN VOLUNTEERED TO PAY
INCOME TAX, AS DID PRINCE
CHARLES.
AND THANKS TO PRESSURE FROM THE
PAPERS, SHE OPENED UP
BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO THE PUBLIC
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE REPAIRS.
AND STUMPED UP A FURTHER
2 MILLION POUNDS OF HER OWN CASH.

Camilla says THE QUEEN, TO BE FAIR, HAS
ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD AT
READING THE MOOD OF THE NATION.
AND SHE COULD SEE THE MOOD OF
THE NATION SWINGING AGAINST HER.
WHY NOT BE MORE TRANSPARENT, PAY
YOUR WAY, AND GAIN SOME
POPULARITY ON THE BACK OF THAT
HONESTY?

The Narrator says BUT IF THE QUEEN HAD HOPED
THAT THE END OF 1992 WOULD DRAW
A LINE UNDER HER ANNUS
HORRIBILIS, SHE WAS WRONG.
JUST A FEW WEEKS INTO 1993, THE
TABLOIDS WERE STEPPING UP THE
PRESSURE ONCE MORE.

Katie says IT WAS INCREDIBLY DAMAGING
AND TOOK AWAY ALL THE MYSTIQUE
OF THE ROYAL FAMILY AND MADE IT
APPEAR VERY SORDID.

The Narrator says ON THE 17TH OF JANUARY, 1993,
TWO BRITISH SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS
PUBLISHED A TRANSCRIPT OF A
VERY STEAMY BEDTIME PHONE CALL.
THE CONVERSATION, RECORDED BACK
IN 1989, WAS BETWEEN PRINCE
CHARLES AND CAMILLA PARKER
BOWLES, SOON DUBBED
CAMILLAGATE.

Carole says THIS WAS THE HEIR TO THE
THRONE.
SO THIS WAS SMACK BANG IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
AND YES, THE PUBLIC NEEDED TO
KNOW THAT THIS WAS HOW THEIR
NEXT KING WAS BEHAVING.

A picture shows Camilla Parker Bowles and Princes Charles.

The caption changes to "Chapter 03: Camillagate."

Katie says CAMILLAGATE WAS AN ABSOLUTE
TABLOID SENSATION.
HERE WAS A RECORDING OF THE
FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND SPEAKING
TO HIS MISTRESS IN THE MOST
INTIMATE AND PERSONAL OF TERMS.

Camilla says PEOPLE LOVE
TO HATE THE TABLOIDS.
AND THEY SUGGEST THAT, YOU
KNOW, THE TABLOIDS MAKE STUFF
UP AND COME UP WITH SALACIOUS
DETAIL.
BUT THIS WAS THE ROYALS IN
THEIR OWN WORDS.

The Narrator says THE TABLOIDS HAD JUST
SUPPLIED EXPLOSIVE AND PRETTY
MUCH INCONTROVERTIBLE PROOF
THAT CHARLES HAD BEEN
UNFAITHFUL.

Camilla says AT THE TIME,
PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THAT PRINCE
CHARLES WAS CARRYING ON WITH
CAMILLA.
THE PAPERS MANAGED TO JUSTIFY
IT BY SAYING THERE WAS AN ISSUE
WITH PRINCE CHARLES'S FIDELITY.
AND IN THAT RESPECT, THIS WAS
EVIDENCE AND CONFIRMATION THAT
CAMILLA HAD BEEN THE THIRD
PERSON IN THEIR MARRIAGE FOR
QUITE SOME TIME.

The Narrator says CHARLES AND DIANA HAD
SEPARATED JUST ONE MONTH
BEFORE.
BUT HE AND CAMILLA'S
RELATIONSHIP STRETCHED BACK
OVER 20 YEARS.

Katie says CAMILLA SHAND WAS
A VERY CHARISMATIC YOUNG WOMAN.
SHE MET PRINCE CHARLES AT A POLO
MATCH, YOU KNOW, WHICH SAYS IT
ALL, REALLY.
THEY SHARED THE SAME INTERESTS.

The Narrator says BUT WHAT WAS APPARENTLY LOVE
AT FIRST SIGHT WAS SOON
STYMIED.
ASIDE FROM BEING A COMMONER,
HER PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS WERE
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE.
THE PALACE COULD NOT ALLOW THE
INEVITABLE PRESS SCRUTINY INTO
THE ROMANTIC HISTORY OF A
FUTURE QUEEN.

Katie says SHE WASN'T THE VIRGIN
BRIDE THAT THE PRINCE OF WALES
REALLY OUGHT TO MARRY.
BECAUSE OF THAT, HE WAS SENT
AWAY WITH THE ROYAL NAVY.
IN THE HOPE THAT IT WOULD PUT
SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN HIM AND
CAMILLA.

The Narrator says BY THE TIME CHARLES RETURNED
FROM HIS TOUR OF DUTY, CAMILLA
WAS BETROTHED TO BE MARRIED.
A FEW YEARS LATER AFTER THAT
CAME A RATHER MORE FAMOUS
WEDDING.
BUT IN SPITE OF THEIR
MARRIAGES, CHARLES AND CAMILLA
REMAINED FRIENDS.

Charles says AFTER THE BIRTH
OF PRINCE HARRY, THEY RESTARTED
AGAIN THEIR AFFAIR.
THEY JUST CONTINUED.
THIS WAS THE WOMAN HE WAS ALWAYS
GOING TO BE DESTINED, REALLY, TO
BE WITH.

The Narrator says THE TAPE-- LIKELY THE WORK OF
AN AMATEUR RADIO BUFF WITH A
HIGH-TECH SCANNING DEVICE, WAS
JUSTIFIED BY THE TABLOIDS.
NOT JUST AS PROOF OF AN AFFAIR,
BUT AS EVIDENCE THAT CHARLES
MIGHT BE AN UNSUITABLE KING.

Charles says HE TALKED ABOUT
BEING IN HER KNICKERS AND HIM
SAYING THINGS LIKE, "KNOWING MY
LUCK, I'D COME BACK AS A
TAMPAX."
AND YOU JUST THINK, "OH, MY GOD.
I CANNOT BELIEVE HE'S SAID
SOMETHING LIKE THAT."

Camilla says THE TAMPAX
LINE, OF COURSE, WILL BE FOREVER
IMMORTALIZED AS BEING PROBABLY
THE MOST CRINGE-WORTHY HEADLINE
EVER WRITTEN ABOUT A ROYAL.

The Narrator says THE TAWDRY CONTENT OF THE
TAPE GAVE THE PAPERS AMMUNITION
NOT JUST TO QUESTION WHAT KIND
OF KING CHARLES WOULD BE.
BUT WHETHER THE PRINCE SHOULD
EVEN BE ALLOWED TO ACCEDE TO
THE THRONE.

Katie says THIS TABLOID SCANDAL
REALLY TOOK THINGS TO A NEW
LEVEL.
THIS WAS A POTENTIAL
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS FOR THE
MONARCHY.
BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE SAYING,
"QUITE FRANKLY, THIS MAN IS NOT
SUITABLE TO BE KING."

Camilla says AND IT
WASN'T JUST THE FACT THAT HE WAS
HAVING THIS INTIMATE
CONVERSATION WITH HIS MISTRESS.
BUT JUST THE WAY HE CAME OUT OF
THE TAPES AS BEING QUITE NEEDY
AND IN NEED OF CONSTANT
REASSURANCE.
SO, YES, THERE WERE
SUGGESTIONS THAT, YOU KNOW,
THIS MIGHT COMPROMISE HIS ROLE,
HIS FUTURE ROLE, HIM TAKING THE
THRONE.

Katie says CAMILLA'S REPUTATION
ALSO REALLY SUFFERED.
SHE WAS BOOED, JEERED IN THE
STREET.
I MEAN, PEOPLE BLAMED HER FOR
THE BREAKUP OF THE WALESES'
MARRIAGE.

The Narrator says THE FALLOUT FROM THE TAPE
AND THE QUESTIONS AROUND HIS
SUITABILITY TO BE KING
CONTINUED TO DOG THE PRINCE OF
WALES THROUGHOUT THE DECADE.
THE COUPLE WERE SO FEARFUL OF
INCURRING THE WRATH OF THE
TABLOIDS, THEY DIDN'T DARE
APPEAR IN PUBLIC TOGETHER UNTIL
1999, ALMOST 18 MONTHS AFTER
THE DEATH OF DIANA.

Carole says IF YOU ASKED ME TODAY
WHETHER THERE'D BE ANY
JUSTIFICATION FOR PRINTING THE
TRANSCRIPT, I'D SAY I DON'T
KNOW.
I'M NOT SURE.
THIS WAS A MAN BORN TO BE KING.
BUT BACK THEN, IT WAS DIFFERENT
TIMES.
THE PRESS WERE WILDER AND FREER
THAN THEY ARE TODAY.
AND THERE'S NO DENYING THAT.
YOU KNOW, THE TABLOIDS HAVE
CHANGED OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS.

Newspaper headlines read "77 percent back meeting with the Queen. Marry her. 68 per cent say Charles should wed. 83 percent don't want Queen Camilla."

The Narrator says IN THAT TIME, CAMILLA HAS
PROVEN TO BE QUITE POPULAR WITH
THE PUBLIC, THANKS IN NO SMALL
PART TO THE INFLUENCE OF THE
PAPERS.
AND OF COURSE, SHE'S NOW THE
DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AFTER
FINALLY TYING THE KNOT WITH
CHARLES.
BUT WHAT OF ANOTHER DUCHESS,
WHO ALSO HAD HER FAIR SHARE OF
BRUSHES WITH THE TABLOIDS?

Kelvin says LET'S BE ABSOLUTELY
STRAIGHTFORWARD ABOUT IT.
SHE WAS ON THE MAKE, ABSOLUTELY
ON THE MAKE.

The caption changes to "Chapter 04: Caught Selling a Prince."

The Narrator says BACK IN 1986, THE NEWSPAPERS
JUST COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF
SARAH FERGUSON, THE DUCHESS OF
YORK.
FAST FORWARD 24 YEARS.

A picture of a smiling middle-aged red haired woman appears.

The Narrator continues AND ALTHOUGH HER IMAGE HAD BEEN
THOROUGHLY TRASHED IN THE EYES
OF THE TABLOIDS AND THEIR
READERS, SHE WAS GRUDGINGLY
ADMIRED FOR HER RESILIENCE.

Carole says THERE'S ALWAYS A BIT
OF SYMPATHY FOR FERGIE, BECAUSE
WHEN DIANA LEFT THE ROYAL
FAMILY, SHE GOT A 17-MILLION POUNDS
SETTLEMENT.
WHEN FERGIE LEFT, SHE GOT
AWARDED 15 GRAND A YEAR.
AND SHE WANTED TO CARRY ON
LIVING THE GLITZY, RITZY
LIFESTYLE.
AND THEN IN THE END, SHE ENDS UP
DOING SOMETHING FOR MONEY THAT
IS JUST BEYOND THE PALE.

smiling says IN 2010, THE DUCHESS WAS
CAUGHT RED-HANDED OFFERING TO
SELL ACCESS TO HER THEN
EX-HUSBAND, TRADE ENVOY PRINCE
ANDREW, WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE.
SHE'D BEEN CAUGHT IN A STING
SET UP BY THE
NEWS OF THE
WORLD.

Carole says WHEN YOU HAVE
SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN EXILED FROM
THE ROYAL FAMILY USING HER
CONNECTION, HER FORMER
CONNECTION, TO MAKE MANY
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS,
THAT IS A STORY.

Katie says THIS WAS QUITE AN
IMPORTANT PUBLIC DUTY, IN
EXPOSING MALPRACTICE AND WHAT
WAS CLEARLY FERGIE USING HER
ROYAL CONNECTIONS FOR VERY, VERY
WRONG REASONS.

A man in his forties says BUT SHE DID TAKE THE MONEY.
SHE DID SELL OUT THE ROYAL
FAMILY, BRITISH BUSINESS, AND
HER EX-HUSBAND'S REPUTATION
WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE.

The Narrator says DESPITE THEIR DIVORCE 14
YEARS BEFORE, FERGIE AND ANDREW
HAD MAINTAINED A VERY CLOSE
RELATIONSHIP.

Kelvin says SHE SAYS THAT FOR
HALF A MILLION QUID, SHE CAN
GET TO SEE HIM.
BUT THERE WAS ALSO A QUOTE THERE
WHICH WAS DAMNING, ABSOLUTELY
DAMNING.

He puts on a pair of glasses.

He says AND THE QUOTE SAID, "LOOK AFTER
ME, AND HE'LL LOOK AFTER YOU.
YOU'LL GET IT BACK TENFOLD.
I CAN OPEN ANY DOOR YOU WANT."
WELL, WHAT AN AMAZING THING
TO SAY.

The Narrator says THE MAN BEHIND THE
REVELATIONS WAS THE
NEWS OF THE
WORLD'S
RARELY-PHOTOGRAPHED
INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR, MAZHER
MAHMOOD.
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE FAKE
SHEIKH.

Camilla says HE WOULD
DRESS UP IN FULL ARABIAN ROBES
AND TRICK VARIOUS CELEBRITIES
AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
INTO REVEALING EXTREMELY
PERSONAL DETAILS FROM THEIR
LIFE, IN A BID TO EXPOSE THEM IN
THE NEWSPAPERS.

A close-up shot show a suitcase full of money.

The Narrator says MAHMOOD EASILY MANAGED TO
CONVINCE FERGIE THAT HE WAS AN
INDIAN BUSINESSMAN, KEEN FOR AN
IN WITH TRADE ENVOY PRINCE
ANDREW.
HER FEE FOR FACILITATING THIS
WAS TO BE HALF A MILLION
POUNDS, TRANSFERRED TO A
SPECIAL ACCOUNT.
SHE ALSO ASKED FOR, AND GOT, A
SIGNIFICANT CASH DOWN PAYMENT.

Camilla says FIRST OF ALL, TAKING A
40,000 DOLLARS DEPOSIT FROM A FAKE
SHEIKH ON CAMERA IS DAMNING
ENOUGH.
BUT IT WAS THE IDEA THAT THAT
WAS JUST A DOWN PAYMENT.

Charles says IF THERE'S A
PAYMENT THAT'S GOING AND THE
PAYMENT IS TAKEN, THEN YOU'VE
GOT THEM BANG TO RIGHTS.
THERE'S NO QUESTION OF IT.

The Narrator says THE TABLOID DEFENDED ITS
TACTICS, CLAIMING IT HAD GOOD
REASON TO FLUSH OUT FERGIE.

Kelvin says THE
NEWS OF THE
WORLD
USED TO SPEND, LITERALLY,
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR
ON INVESTIGATIONS LIKE THIS.
THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN
ABSOLUTELY SURE HOW IT WAS GOING
TO HAPPEN.

The Narrator says APPARENTLY, A CLOSE ROYAL
ASSOCIATE HAD BEEN THE
WHISTLEBLOWER.
REVEALING THE DUCHESS HAD
ALREADY DONE THIS SORT OF
THING BEFORE.
THE PAPER ALSO CLAIMED TO HAVE
DETAILS OF TWO TYCOONS SHE'D
BOASTED OF HAVING INTRODUCED TO
HER EX-HUSBAND ALREADY.

Carole says ANDREW, WE'RE TOLD, KNEW
NOTHING ABOUT THIS.
HOW DARE SHE DO THIS?
HOW DARE SHE CARRY ON TRYING TO
LIVE OFF THIS CONNECTION IN
THIS REALLY SLEAZY WAY?

Kelvin says WE NEED FAKE SHEIKHS TO FIND
OUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON AT
THE UPPER END OF THE
ESTABLISHMENT.

The Narrator says THE
NEWS OF THE WORLD'S
STING PROVOKED A HEARTFELT,
HEADLINE-GRABBING APOLOGY FROM
THE DUCHESS.
CLAIMING SHE HAD MADE A
"SERIOUS LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT."

Charles says I MEAN, WHAT IS BIZARRE IN
ALL THIS IS THAT SHE AND ANDREW
ARE DIVORCED AND STILL
CURRENTLY LIVING WITH HIM UNDER
THE SAME ROOF.
THERE'S OFTEN THE SPECULATION
THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET
MARRIED AGAIN AT SOME STAGE.
THEY'RE STILL MAKING HEADLINES,
THE PAIR OF THEM, FOR THE WRONG
REASONS.

The Narrator says BUT IT WASN'T THE DUCHESS
BEHIND PROBABLY THE MOST
SERIOUS ISSUE TO FACE THE
MODERN ROYAL FAMILY.
IT WAS ANDREW HIMSELF.

Man 1 says PRINCE ANDREW, HOW ARE
YOU?

Man 2 says HOW ARE YOU DOING,
MAN?

Prince Andrew walks into a building as photographers take his picture.

The Narrator says PRINCE ANDREW IS NO STRANGER
TO THE TABLOIDS TAKING HIM TO
TASK.
FROM QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS
UNORTHODOX RELATIONSHIP WITH
HIS EX-WIFE TO STORIES ABOUT
HIS LAVISH LIFESTYLE AS THE
UK'S TRADE ENVOY.

Carole says HE SEEMED TO BE ON A PLANE
ALL OF THE TIME.
THAT'S WHY HE GOT THE NICKNAME
AIR MILES ANDY.
AND IT WAS ALWAYS VERY
DIFFICULT TO PIN DOWN WHAT
BUSINESS HE'D ACTUALLY BROUGHT
IN.

Camilla says THE ROYALS
ALWAYS INSIST THAT THERE MUST
BE A PUBLIC INTEREST IN
REPORTING ON THEM.
RATHER THAN IT SIMPLY BEING
INTERESTING TO THE PUBLIC.
BUT EQUALLY, IF YOU FALL BELOW
THE STANDARD EXPECTED, THEN YOU
ARE RIGHTLY ABLE TO BE
SCRUTINIZED BY THE PRESS AND
PUBLIC AT LARGE.

Carole says HE WAS A VERY GOOD
FRIEND OF COLONEL GADDAFI'S SON.
HE WAS A FRIEND TO THE SON OF
THE PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN.
AND WE KIND OF WONDERED, YOU
KNOW, WHAT DOES HE GET OUT OF
IT?

The Narrator says BUT ONE FRIENDSHIP IN
PARTICULAR WARRANTED THE
TABLOIDS' INTRUSION INTO HIS
PRIVATE LIFE.
IT'S POSSIBLY THE MOST DAMAGING
STORY EVER AIMED AT A ROYAL.
AND IT HAS HOUNDED HIM FOR OVER
A DECADE.

Man 3 says PRINCE ANDREW, ARE YOU
GOING TO RESIGN, PRINCE ANDREW?
ARE YOU AN EMBARRASSMENT, SIR?

Man 4 says PRINCE ANDREW, ARE YOU
RESIGNING?

The Narrator says THE ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING
ANDREW'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE
CONVICTED PEDOPHILE JEFFREY
EPSTEIN.

The caption changes to "Chapter 05: Sacking a Prince."

Kelvin says JEFFREY EPSTEIN WAS A VERY
CLEVER FINANCIER WITH A LONG
STREAK OF CHARM.
HIS FRIENDS INCLUDED DONALD
TRUMP, WHO DESCRIBED HIM AS
TERRIFIC.

Katie says THE DUKE OF YORK WAS
INTRODUCED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN
IN THE LATE 90S.
AND THIS WENT ON TO BECOME QUITE
A FIRM FRIENDSHIP, TO THE POINT
THAT THEY HOLIDAYED TOGETHER.
THEY WENT TO PARTIES TOGETHER
AROUND THE WORLD.

Kelvin says THE SECRET EPSTEIN
KEPT TO HIMSELF WAS THAT HE WAS
A PEDOPHILE.
FINALLY, THE FBI STARTED
GETTING ON HIS CASE.

Several pictures of Epstein flash by. He is in his forties, clean-shaven with graying hair.

The Narrator says BACK IN 2008, AFTER A
LENGTHY UNDERCOVER OPERATION,
EPSTEIN WAS CONVICTED OF
SOLICITING PROSTITUTION WITH
UNDERAGE GIRLS.
BUT IT WAS AFTER HIS RELEASE,
13 MONTHS LATER, THAT THE
BRITISH TABLOIDS STEPPED UP
THEIR INTEREST IN HIS
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DUKE OF
YORK.

Camilla says JOURNALISTS LIKE ME WERE
LOOKING AT EPSTEIN YEARS AND
YEARS BACK.
WE WERE ALL SENT THIS COPY OF
HIS ROLODEX, WHICH WAS FULL OF
NUMBERS OF THE GREAT AND THE
GOOD OF HIGH SOCIETY, FORMER
PRESIDENTS.
YES, THE DUKE OF YORK, BUT
LOADS OF OTHER CELEBRITIES WERE
IN THERE.
IT ONLY BECAME TRULY DIFFICULT
FOR THE DUKE OF YORK WHEN THAT
IMAGE APPEARED OF HIM ALONGSIDE
VIRGINIA ROBERTS, ONE OF
EPSTEIN'S ACCUSERS, TAKEN IN A
FLAT IN LONDON.

A newspaper headline reads "Andrew and the 17-year-old girl at the centre of underage sex case that has scandalised America."

The Narrator says IN FEBRUARY, 2011, THE
MAIL
ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED THE PHOTO,
ALONG WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH
VIRGINIA ROBERTS.
SHE CLAIMED EPSTEIN HAD TRAINED
HER AS AN UNDERAGE SEX SLAVE
AND FLOWN HER TO LONDON IN 2001
TO SPEND TIME WITH PRINCE
ANDREW.
WHEN SHE WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD.

Carole says IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS WHAT
PEOPLE IN THE NEWSROOM ARE
GOING TO THINK.
IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS WHAT
EVERYONE WHO SAW THE PICTURE IN
THE TABLOIDS WOULD THINK.

The Narrator says IN RESPONSE TO THESE
REVELATIONS IN THE
MAIL,
THE
PALACE RELEASED A STATEMENT.
THERE WAS NO SUGGESTION OF
SEXUAL CONTACT BETWEEN THE
PRINCE AND VIRGINIA ROBERTS.

Carole says OBVIOUSLY, THE ROYAL FAMILY
WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO DENY
THAT THERE WAS ANY MORE TO THAT
RELATIONSHIP THAN THEY HAD JUST
MET AT THE PARTY.
BUT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT
THE PALACE PRESS OFFICE, JUST
LIKE ANY OTHER PRESS OFFICE, IS
NOT THERE TO ACCOMMODATE THE
PRESS.
THEY'RE THERE TO BAT OFF THE
PRESS.
AND THEY'RE TERRIFIED, BECAUSE
THIS IS POTENTIALLY VERY, VERY
DAMAGING TO THE ROYAL FAMILY.

Camilla says THE PALACE
RESPONSE TO THE VIRGINIA ROBERTS
CLAIMS HASN'T CHANGED SINCE
2011.
IT'S A VEHEMENT DENIAL, THAT HE
DOESN'T REMEMBER MEETING HER.
HE DIDN'T HAVE SEXUAL CONTACT
WITH HER.
AND THAT IT'S A "HE SAID, SHE
SAID" SCENARIO WHERE WE DON'T
KNOW WHICH SIDE IS TELLING THE
TRUTH.

The Narrator says TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, ONLY
A WEEK EARLIER, THE
NEWS OF THE
WORLD
HAD PUBLISHED PICTURES OF
ANDREW TAKING A STROLL IN NEW
YORK'S CENTRAL PARK IN THE
COMPANY OF THE CONVICTED
PEDOPHILE.

Charles says WHEN YOU SAY "PRINCE ANDREW."
AND "PEDOPHILE" IN THE SAME
SENTENCE, THAT GIVES YOU A
SENSE OF HOW SERIOUS THIS ALL
IS.

Kelvin says ANDREW WAS A TRADE
ENVOY DEALING WITH MAJOR
BUSINESS PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD, MAJOR GOVERNMENTS.
WHY WOULD PRINCE ANDREW WANT TO
BE ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH A MAN?
EVEN IF HE DIDN'T KNOW THE
DETAIL, HE MUST HAVE SUSPECTED
OR HEARD THE RUMOURS.

Man 5 says PRINCE ANDREW, ARE YOU
RESIGNING?

Man 6 says PRINCE ANDREW, ARE
YOU AN EMBARRASSMENT, SIR?

Camilla says AFTER THE
WHOLE SCANDAL BROKE, THE PALACE
SAID, "YOU HAVE TO COMPLETELY
CUT YOURSELF OFF FROM THIS MAN.
YOU CAN'T HAVE ANYTHING MORE TO
DO WITH HIM."
ALL OF HIS ADVISORS TOLD HIM
THAT.

The Narrator says TO TRY TO DRAW A LINE UNDER
THE WHOLE AFFAIR, ANDREW'S ROLE
AS THE UK'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE
ENVOY WAS TERMINATED.
BUT THE PAPERS KNEW THAT THE
EPSTEIN SCANDAL WAS FAR FROM
OVER.
THERE WERE QUESTIONS STILL
UNANSWERED.

Kelvin says THE VERY NATURE OF
NEWSPAPERS WHEN THEY START
THESE KINDS OF INVESTIGATIONS
IS, THE FIRST STORY IS NOT THE
LAST STORY.

Man 7 says PRINCE ANDREW, HOW
ARE YOU?

Man 8 says HOW YOU DOING, MAN?

Kelvin says WHAT THEN HAPPENS IS
THAT OTHER PEOPLE THEN SEND
THEIR INFORMATION OR MAKE PHONE
CALLS TO YOUR NEWS DESK.

Carole says IT WAS A STORY THAT
JUST WASN'T GOING TO GO AWAY.
AND IT DIDN'T.

Katie says BY 2019, THE STORY TAKES A
DRAMATIC LEAP.
AND THERE IS THE EMERGENCE OF
UNSEALED COURT DOCUMENTS IN
WHICH VIRGINIA ROBERTS CLAIMED
THAT SHE WAS FORCED TO HAVE SEX
WITH PRINCE ANDREW BY EPSTEIN.
IT IS, AT THIS STAGE, INCREDIBLY
DAMAGING FOR THE DUKE OF YORK.

The Narrator says THERE WERE ALSO REPORTS THAT
WHEN ANDREW WAS SNAPPED IN
CENTRAL PARK WITH THE DISGRACED
FINANCIER, AFTER HE'D SERVED A
PRISON SENTENCE FOR SOLICITING
UNDERAGE SEX, THE PRINCE WAS
ACTUALLY A GUEST IN EPSTEIN'S
HOME FOR FOUR DAYS.
WITH A PARTY THROWN IN HIS
HONOUR.

Kelvin says HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY BE
THE CASE?
THAT A MEMBER OF THE UPPER
REACHES OF OUR ESTABLISHMENT,
THE MOST POWERFUL FAMILY IN THE
LAND, WOULD WANT TO STAY AT THE
HOME OF A CONVICTED PEDOPHILE
IN NEW YORK CITY?
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?
WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, ANDREW?

Charles says I CAN TELL YOU
THAT IN THE MANY YEARS THAT I'VE
COVERED THE ROYAL FAMILY AND
THE MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE
FALLEN FOUL OF A PARTICULAR
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, WHEN
THAT HAPPENS, THE ROYAL FAMILY
DO NOT PHONE.
THEY DO NOT WRITE A LETTER.
THEY DO NOT FIX UP A MEETING.
YOU'RE JUST DROPPED.
YOU'RE OUT.
IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

The Narrator says AT THE SAME TIME AS THESE
NEW ALLEGATIONS CAME TO LIGHT,
JEFFREY EPSTEIN WAS ONCE AGAIN
IN JAIL, ON CHARGES OF
TRAFFICKING UNDERAGE GIRLS
FOR SEX.
WHILST IN PRISON, EPSTEIN TOOK
HIS OWN LIFE.
UNDER RELENTLESS FIRE FROM THE
TABLOIDS TO ACCOUNT FOR HIS
PART IN ALL THIS, THE DUKE FELT
HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO ON
THE RECORD.

Katie says THE NEWSNIGHT
INTERVIEW WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
ANDREW TO CLEAR HIS NAME.
HE WAS ADVISED BY SOME OF HIS
CLOSEST ADVISORS THAT HE HAD TO
ADDRESS THESE ALLEGATIONS.

In his fifties with white hair, Prince Andrew says EVER SINCE THIS HAS HAPPENED
AND SINCE THIS HAS BECOME, AS IT
WERE, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THAT I
WAS THERE, I'VE QUESTIONED
MYSELF AS TO WHY DID I GO AND
WHAT WAS I DOING AND WAS IT THE
RIGHT THING TO DO.

Camilla says THE SENSE THAT THE DUKE OF
YORK ISN'T THE BEST PERSON TO
HAVE ON CAMERA DIDN'T SEEM TO
FILTER THROUGH TO HIM OR HIS
PRIVATE SECRETARY.
IN THE END, OF COURSE, IT WAS A
CAR CRASH.

Katie says HE FAILED TO
APOLOGIZE TO ANY OF EPSTEIN'S
VICTIMS.
HE CLAIMED THAT HE COULDN'T
REMEMBER EVER HAVING MET
VIRGINIA ROBERTS.
DESPITE THAT PHOTOGRAPH
OBTAINED ALL THOSE YEARS BACK
BY THE
MAIL ON SUNDAY.
AND HIS VERSION OF EVENTS, I
THINK, FOR MANY PEOPLE, JUST
SIMPLY DIDN'T RING TRUE.

Looking down, Prince Andrew says I CAN TELL YOU,
CATEGORICALLY, I DON'T REMEMBER
MEETING HER AT ALL.
He looks up and continues I DO NOT REMEMBER A PHOTOGRAPH
BEING TAKEN.
AND I HAVE SAID CONSISTENTLY
AND... FREQUENTLY... THAT WE
NEVER HAD ANY SORT OF SEXUAL
CONTACT WHATEVER.

Carole says ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN
WOULD LOOK AT THAT AND KNOW
THAT HE WASN'T TELLING THE
WHOLE TRUTH.

The Narrator says THE NEXT MORNING, THE
TABLOIDS HAD THEIR CHANCE TO
RESPOND.
AND THE KNIVES WERE OUT.

Newspaper headlines read "Duke of Porkies. Fury at no remorse over Paedo pal's crime. Huge Backlash at Andrew TV Interview. He's ridiculed over Pizza Express alibi."

Kelvin says THE
DAILY MIRROR
THEN RUNS A HUGE FRONT PAGE,
BASICALLY SAYING ANDREW'S ALIBI
LITERALLY BEGGARS BELIEF.
AND WHAT THEY DO IS, THEY GO TO
DAI DAVIS, WHO IS A FORMER HEAD
OF THE ROYAL PROTECTION GROUP.
HE SAYS HIS STORY WAS
UNCONVINCING AND THAT THE
POLICE SHOULD STEP UP THE
INVESTIGATION.

Charles says WE, THE PUBLIC,
YOU KNOW, SHOULD KNOW AS TO WHAT
ACTUALLY WENT ON WHILE HE WAS
HAVING A FRIENDSHIP WITH THIS
JEFFREY EPSTEIN.
I THINK THAT AT SOME STAGE, HE
IS GOING TO HAVE TO FACE SOME
HARD QUESTIONS.
IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO SAY THAT
YOU WERE AT SOME PIZZA JOINT IN
WOKING ON A PARTICULAR NIGHT.
YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ON AT ALL.

The Narrator says DAYS LATER, THE TABLOIDS RAN
WITH NEWS OF CRISIS TALKS
BETWEEN THE QUEEN AND THE DUKE
OF YORK.
IT WAS THE END OF ANDREW'S
ROYAL ROLE.

Katie says IT FELL TO THE QUEEN
TO TELL ANDREW THAT HE SIMPLY
HAD TO STAND DOWN FROM HIS ROYAL
DUTIES.
BECAUSE SHE COULD SEE EXACTLY
HOW DAMAGING ANDREW'S INTERVIEW
HAD BEEN.

Charles says SHE COULDN'T
HAVE ANDREW GOING OUT TO CUT A
RIBBON ANYWHERE OR ATTEND
SOMETHING ON BEHALF OF THE ROYAL
FAMILY.
WHEN CLEARLY, THERE WERE GOING
TO BE REPORTERS TURNING UP.
AND THEY WERE GOING TO BE
SHOUTING OUT ALL SORTS OF
QUESTIONS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE
JEFFREY EPSTEIN ALLEGATIONS.

Kelvin says I THINK, 100 PERCENT,
THAT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.
THAT PICTURE MUST HAUNT
ANDREW FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

The Narrator says THE ROYALS MIGHT CONSIDER
THE TABLOIDS TO BE A NUISANCE,
AN INTRUSION, OR EVEN AN
OUTRIGHT MENACE.
BUT THERE'S NO DENYING THE ROLE
OF THE POPULAR PRESS WHEN IT
COMES TO HOLDING THE HOUSE OF
WINDSOR TO ACCOUNT.

Carole says WE'RE THERE TO ALLOW THE
PUBLIC TO SEE BEHIND THE FACADE.
IF THE PUBLIC DIDN'T LIKE WHAT
WE WERE DOING, THEY WOULDN'T
HAVE BEEN BUYING TABLOID
NEWSPAPERS FOR THE LAST 30, 40
YEARS.

Man 3 says PRINCE ANDREW, ARE YOU
AN EMBARRASSMENT, SIR?

The Narrator says WHETHER IT'S SCRUTINIZING
INFIDELITIES OR EXPOSING MISUSE
OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY, THE
TABLOIDS ARE DOGGED IN THEIR
PURSUIT OF THE STORY.

Katie says I THINK WE EXPECT OUR
ROYAL FAMILY TO BE BEYOND
REPROACH.
WE CERTAINLY DON'T EXPECT THEM
TO BE BRINGING SHAME AND
DISGRACE ONTO THE HOUSE OF
WINDSOR.

The Narrator says IT'S A FACT THAT THE ROYALS
KNOW ONLY TOO WELL.

Charles says SOME PEOPLE WILL
VIEW IT AS WASHING DIRTY LINEN
IN PUBLIC.
WELL, TOUGH.
THAT'S THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.
AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET
CAUGHT OUT, DON'T GO DOWN
THAT ROAD.
IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

(music plays)

The end credits roll.

Executive Producer, John Redshaw.

Written, Produced and Directed by Mark Duncan and Garry Hughes.

Copyright 2020, STV Productions.

Distributed by DCD Rights.

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