A new Channel 5 documentary about Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has offered insights into the Earl of Wessex’s clashes with the press in his younger days. After he quit the Marines, the Queen’s youngest son attempted to launch a career in entertainment, producing a royal version of the popular BBC programme, ‘It’s a Knockout’. However, it was badly received by the press as “toe-curling”, as Daily Mail Editor-at-Large, Richard Kay and Royal Editor, Rebecca English revealed to ‘Edward & Sophie: The Reluctant Royals?’.
Mr Kay said: “The media were all invited but we were not invited to watch the actual event because it was being filmed behind closed doors.
“There was a press conference at the end of filming and Edward dashed in.
“He sort of sat down in front of the TV cameras and the flashlights and reporters.
“He asked what we thought of it but none of us could answer because we hadn’t seen any of it.”
Edward was then filmed walking out after the lack of answer and accompanying laughter.
He was reported as having said “one of these days you lot are going to have to learn some manners”.
Ms English told Channel 5: “That’s the one thing you should never be seen doing on camera as a member of the Royal Family, that storming out.
“It all backfired spectacularly and it gave us a startlingly insight into Edward’s character and his personality.”
The teams took part in a serious of physical challenges to raise money for their chosen charities.
Although the event was watched by 18 million people and raised £1.5million, it was widely regarded as a PR disaster.
Mr Kay said: “The actual programme was pretty toe-curling at times, chiefly remembered for the behaviour of Fergie, the Duchess of York.
“She really put too much enthusiasm into it.”
Ms English added: “While it’s all very fun and for a good cause, seeing members of the Royal Family taking part in silly games is just not something they should be doing.”