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Emily Maitlis reveals that she wanted to be like Line of Duty Kate Fleming for the interview with Prince Andrew

Emily Maitlis reveals she wanted to be ‘calm forensic’ like Line of Duty’s DCI Kate Fleming and resisted the urge to ‘dance internally’ during her bombshell interview with Prince Andrew about the Epstein scandal

  • Emily Maitlis, 49, says she copied DCI’s interrogation approach Kate Fleming
  • BBC presenter said ‘There is something so calmly forensic about the way she does it’
  • Maitlis added that during the interview, she resisted the urge to ‘dance internally’
  • Bombshell interview with Prince Andrew made headlines last November

Emily Maitlis modeled herself after DCI Kate Fleming of Line of Duty during her interview with Prince Andrew, the broadcaster revealed.

The BBC Newsnight presenter says she copied the interrogation approach of Vicky McClure’s anti-corruption agent while questioning the Duke of York.

The interview made headlines around the world after the prince made a series of bizarre claims about his relationship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, spoke about his connections to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, which took place last November in Buckingham Palace

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, spoke about his connections to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, which took place last November in Buckingham Palace

That was the controversy over his comments, the duke was forced to withdraw from royal duties.

49-year-old Maitlis has garnered high praise for the way she conducted the November interview. Now she has revealed where she gets her inspiration from.

“I think I channeled DCI Kate Fleming a little bit,” she told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast.

“There is something so calmly forensic about the way she does it. It is really emotionless, very calm, very quiet, but you just know that she is a homework.

“That was what I wanted. I would have shown myself if I got the dates wrong, I would have got the names wrong if I said something that he had to contradict en masse because I got things mixed up. ‘

The BBC drama – written by Jed Mecurio – focuses on DCI Fleming’s pursuit of corrupt police officers and has won multiple awards since its inception in 2012.

Prince Andrew, pictured during the BBC Newsnight interview, in which the Duke of York repeatedly denied having sex with Virginia Roberts when she was 17

Prince Andrew, pictured during the BBC Newsnight interview, in which the Duke of York repeatedly denied having sex with Virginia Roberts when she was 17

Prince Andrew, pictured during the BBC Newsnight interview, in which the Duke of York repeatedly denied having sex with Virginia Roberts when she was 17

Maitlis said that during the interview, she resisted the tendency to “dance” internally and concentrated on remembering all the questions she had prepared.

“I just thought I was saying something extraordinary,” she said.

Literally everything that came out of his mouth was kind of extraordinary as a journalist trying to put the story together.

“It was a matter of making sure we understood the full story of what he was trying to tell us.

Line from Inspector Sergeant Kate Fleming, who said Maitlis had copied

Line from Inspector Sergeant Kate Fleming, who said Maitlis had copied

Line from Inspector Sergeant Kate Fleming, who said Maitlis had copied

“You just don’t want to drop the ball.”

In last year’s interview, Prince Andrew repeatedly denied claims that he had sex with Virginia Roberts when she was 17, but was then accused of lying by Miss Roberts.

He said he hadn’t remembered Miss Roberts and emphatically denied that he had sex with her.

On the occasion, she said they first met in 2001 – when she claimed she had been ‘trafficked’ to England by Epstein – he said he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice and then took her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

He also questioned Miss Roberts’ report that they danced together at London nightclub Tramp when she said he was sweating heavily.

The Duke of York said he was suffering from a medical condition that prevented him from sweating.

He also tried to question the authenticity of a photo showing him with his arm around Miss Roberts’ waist, but admitted it was difficult to prove whether it was a fake.

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