'It was a great success': What Prince Andrew 'told the Queen at church' after shock TV interview

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Prince Andrew is believed to have snuck into church and told the Queen that his bombshell BBC interview was a 'great success'.

The Duke of York was slammed for a 'PR disaster' after sitting down with BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis in Buckingham Palace and discussing his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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Yet despite near universal slamming of the 'car crash' interview, Andrew, 59, was apparently all smiles as he assured his mother that he had put all criticism to rest.

The Queen cut an elegant figure as she headed to The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Great Park yesterday morning - where Andrew reportedly joined her and shared his pleasure at his interview.

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Maitlis, whose interview with Andrew was screened on Saturday, later revealed that it was the monarch who gave the final go-ahead for a TV interview following a year of negotiations with the BBC.

Writing in The Times, she recalled: 'We have finished laying out our pitch. An awkward moment of silence falls. And the duke tells us he must "seek approval from higher up".

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'It dawns on us then that he means the Queen herself. At 8am the next day we have a message telling us to call his office. The Queen, it seems, is on board.'

A source close to Prince Andrew later claimed he would not 'do anything without discussing it with her majesty first', while a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said 'the Queen is aware of the interview'.

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It comes as a lawyer for three of Epstein's victims said the interview could increase interest in Andrew's relationship with Epstein, while other senior lawyers suggested that the Duke of York was not immune from prosecution or even extradition to the US to face allegations that he had sex with an underage girl.

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