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Prince William has suggested both he and his father will do interviews when they become sovereigns, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor said. Mr Campbell recalled asking the Duke of Cambridge whether the monarchs coming after the Queen will follow in her footsteps and avoid speaking to journalists.
Appearing on Mail+’s Palace Confidential, Mr Campbell said: “I was at a dinner once where Prince William was the guest and there was a Q&A.
“I asked the question whether, when he became King, and possibly when his dad became King, they would continue the tradition of the monarch never giving interviews.
“He said he thought that ship had sailed, which I thought was quite interesting – which means that maybe they will.”
However, Mr Campbell said to have already noticed a change in Prince Charles as he gets closer to the throne.
Prince William suggested he and Prince Charles may give interviews as king
Prince William responded to a reporter’s questions during an engagement in London in March
Hinting at past accusations against the future King of meddling with politicians, Mr Campbell said: “Then again I think we have already noticed with Prince Charles that as he gets closer possibly to being King, I think there has been a dialling down of what can even be interpreted as political intervention.”
The Queen famously never gave an interview during her record-breaking reign.
Former BBC News broadcaster John Humphrys revealed he once asked the monarch during a private lunch at Buckingham Palace whether she could make an exception for him.
He said: “I went into a big spiel and said: ‘These are the reasons why you could, you know?’
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“And she listened to me very patiently then said: ‘No… And what’s more, Mr Humphrys, if one were ever to do such an interview, it would certainly not be with you’.”
However, in January 2018, the Queen extraordinarily decided to sit down with the BBC’s Alastair Bruce to watch and comment on archive footage from her Coronation Day in June 1953.
She also spoke about the literal weight of wearing the Imperial State Crown and gave a vivid description of the experience of being installed as ruler of realms scattered across the world.
Princess Diana spoke to Martin Bashir in 1995
Prince Charles will succeed the Queen on the throne
This landmark TV appearance, which was broadcasted during the documentary ‘The Coronation’, marked a rare exchange between the Queen and a journalist broadcasted for the public to see.
This encounter was not an interview as Mr Bruce was not allowed to ask the monarch questions, and was described as a conversation.
Other members of the Royal Family have decided to sit down with journalists to set the record straight or discuss their views over the past few decades.
Famously, Princess Diana spoke to the BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995, during an interview which left the Royal Family reeling and brought the Queen to urge the couple to get a divorce.
Prince William is second-in-line of succession
One year before, Prince Charles admitted adultery while speaking to Jonathan Dimbleby, who also wrote an authorised biography of the future King.
In November 2019, Prince Andrew spoke to Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
And last month, the two-hour-long interview between Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey aired around the world.
Prince William has so far only sat down for an interview after his engagement with Kate was announced.
Prince William and Kate speaking to the BBC in April last year
Similarly to the engagement interview given by Meghan and Harry, this chat was led by broadcaster Tom Bradby.
In April last year, he also spoke to the BBC with Kate to discuss the impact lockdown was having on Britons and their mental health.
More recently, the Duke of Cambridge has extraordinarily made the decision to briefly respond to the questions of a journalist in the wake of the blistering claims made by Meghan and Harry to Oprah.
During a joint engagement with Kate at a London school, the Duke was asked whether he had already spoken to his brother, to which he replied he would do soon.
He was then asked whether the Royal Family was racist, with William hitting out saying: “We are very much not a racist family”.