Princess Beatrice actress in film about Prince Andrews car-crash interview revealed

Princess Beatrice is to be played by actress Charity Wakefield in the newNetflix film aboutPrince Andrew’s car crash BBC interview.

The upcoming film – called Scoop – is based on a book by producer Sam McAlister, who negotiated and secured the explosive Newsnight booking.

Andrew’s interview withEmily Maitlis in 2019 essentially ended his career as a senior royal – with the Duke of York, 63, speaking about his relationship with the Americanconvicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

In the years following the broadcast, producer Sam revealed that Andrew’s eldest daughter Beatrice was an unexpected guest at the infamous sit-down.

Now it has emerged the 34-year old royal will be portrayed on screen by 42 year old Charity – the Kent born actress who has previously appeared in the likes of Sense & Sensibility, Wolf Hall and The Player.

Charity, confirming the news in a post on Twitter, wrote: “I can finally share that I have the honour of playing HRH Princess Beatrice in the forthcoming film Scoop for Netflix.”

is set to play Emily Maitlis in the film – whileBillie Piper has been cast as producer Sam.

Charity went on to describe the cast as ‘quite frankly, frighteningly good’.

Around two years after the BBC interview aired, Sam spoke of how Beatrice came to the studio with her father as an unexpected guest.

Appearing onThis Morning, Sam said the Princess coming along was a 'real curveball'.

She added: “Now the only thing worse than negotiating an interview with an alleged sex offender in a royal situation is doing so in front of his young daughter.”

During the interview, the Duke of York was quizzed by former BBC journalist Ms Maitlis, 52, over Virginia Giuffre's claims that she was forced into sex with the Duke of York when she was 17 by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, the media heiress who is serving20 years behind bars for sex-trafficking girls for the financier.

Andrew strongly denied the allegations throughout the interview. Later, hecame to an out of court settlement, reportedly worth £12 million, with Ms Giuffre. The settlement is not an admission of guilt.

The Newsnight interview was widely described as a ‘car crash’ after Andrew made a number of claims – including that a medical condition left him unable to sweat and that he could not have been with Ms Giuffre at the time of the alleged encounter because he was eating at a Pizza Express in Woking.

Andrew, the lateQueen’s second son, stepped down from public life in 2019 amid the fallout from theinterview.

The Queen also stripped Andrew of his military affiliations and patronages.

Recently it has been reported that Andrew isgearing up to launch a £10million legal case in a bid to overturn his multi-million pound settlement with Virginia Giuffre. Sources say the Duke wants to prove his innocence in court after being "pressured into settling".


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