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Amanda Thirsk: The Key Figure in Prince Andrew Newsnight Interview Drama

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In a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes of the controversial Prince Andrew Newsnight interview, the spotlight falls on Amanda Thirsk, the long-time private secretary of Prince Andrew, played by Keeley Hawes in Netflix’s latest drama ‘Scoop’.

Amanda Thirsk, a former banker, began working with Prince Andrew in 2004 and continued in her role until the aftermath of the Newsnight interview debacle in 2019.

The film, starring talents like Billie Piper, Gillian Anderson, and Rufus Sewell, follows the perspective of Sam McAlister, the Newsnight producer portrayed by Piper, who played a crucial role in orchestrating the interview.

Thirsk’s character, as depicted by Hawes, was instrumental in persuading Prince Andrew to undertake the interview, believing it could positively impact his public image.

Following the airing of the interview, where Prince Andrew faced backlash for his comments on his association with Jeffrey Epstein, Thirsk faced heavy criticism for her role in convincing the Duke to participate.

The aftermath saw Prince Andrew stepping down from royal duties in 2020, with Thirsk also parting ways with her position as his private secretary.

Post the royal debacle, Thirsk found herself at the helm of Prince Andrew’s business venture, Pitch@Palace, which supported entrepreneurs.

However, the controversies surrounding Andrew’s ties with Epstein led to the downfall of the business venture, prompting corporate partners like Barclays and KPMG to sever ties.

Currently, Thirsk is reportedly engaged in a senior business development role at JD.com, a major Chinese e-commerce group, with potential involvement in a takeover bid for London-listed retailer Currys.

As ‘Scoop’ hits Netflix screens, the portrayal of Amanda Thirsk sheds light on the pivotal behind-the-scenes figures in one of the royal family’s most tumultuous periods.

Rachel Adams

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