The Newsnight photographer claims to have a picture of Prince Andrew that would rock the monarchy if it were ever released
- Mark Harrison refused to reveal what the unpublished photo shows
- It’s said to be “so shocking” and “embarrassing” that it made staff’s jaws drop.
- “Something like that would make the public drop their cereal”
A photographer who works for them BBC while Prince Andrew‘s Car Crash Newsnight interview claims to have captured a shocking picture of the royal that would rock the monarchy if it ever became public.
Mark Harrison declined to reveal what he captured but said it would “embarrass Prince Andrew and company”. Royal family‘ if it were published.
The Duke is understood to have insisted the picture never be released, but Mr Harrison hinted it could be featured in an upcoming film about how the BBC secured the interview. As a dramatization, producers are free to recreate their own version of the “gorgeous” picture.
A source close to the Newsnight interview, who saw the original photo, said that if it goes public, “It’s going to be so shocking, especially when it’s decontextualized.
Mark Harrison declined to reveal what he had captured but said it would “embarrass Prince Andrew and the royal family” if released
“Our jaws dropped when we saw it. It would embarrass Andrew a lot – and imagine how high the bar must be to embarrass him after everything that happened.”
The Duke became an outcast after his disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis about his relationship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and claims – which he has always vehemently denied – that he had sex three times with sex trafficking victim Virginia Roberts.
Mr Harrison, an award-winning portrait photographer, said of his shot: “Few people saw it, but it would be a big deal for the royal family. There is much more of this day that is not yet publicly available.’
The source added: “Something like this would make the public drop their cereal. It’s definitely not what Andrew wants out there and apparently he insisted it be kept secret. It wasn’t one of the recordings released by the BBC.
“There is of course a possibility that it will eventually come out for all to see, maybe if the price is right. Of course, the film will be about the interview, so that’s a possibility.”
Filming on Scoop begins in November, based on a new non-fiction book from former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister about how the BBC has secured some of their landmark interviews, including the bombastic encounter with Andrew at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 2019.
In February, Andrew closed a sexual assault case filed in the United States by Ms Roberts under her married name Giuffre for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, the prince made no admission of guilt.
The Prince’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the photo last night, and the BBC did not respond to a request to do so.