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Prince Andrew’s ‘cock-a-hoop’ remarks to The Queen about his Newsnight interview cause surprise


FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE VIA FLICKR

The Duke of York’s interview with BBC Newsnight on Saturday has been widely condemned as calamitous, with royal commentators universally calling the 50-minute discussion a PR disaster.

However, there is at least one person who thought the interview went well – Prince Andrew himself.

According to The Sun, the 59-year-old prince told his mother, The Queen, that his interrogation by Emily Maitlis was “a great success.”

Speaking to the paper, a friend of Andrew’s said: “The Duke went to church with the Queen and was heard telling her it’s all been a great success.

“He thinks he’s done the right thing and has put the criticism to rest. He was all smiles and was looking very buoyant and happy.”

Prince Andrew’s optimism has surprised many, with former royal correspondent Peter Hunt tweeting: “A new definition of the word ‘success.'”

The source continued to tell The Sun: “He’s told his friends and advisers he is delighted because he thought he acquitted himself well.

“He’s cock-a-hoop. He seriously believes he’s pulled off a master triumph. It’s astonishing.

“No one has the heart to tell him that he’s delusional — and this is the overall problem. He’s surrounded by people who tell him what he wants to hear.

“Yesterday he was looking happier than he has been for months, totally unaware his interview had caused a firestorm of criticism.”