Michael Parkinson issues brutal dig at Prince Harry over interview

Sir Michael Parkinson is known for his groundbreaking interviews with a host of famous faces during his decades long career. The former BBC broadcaster previously interviewed Prince Harry’s late grandfather, Prince Philip.

Over the course of his 50-year career, he has interviewed some of the biggest celebrities on the planet from Muhammad Ali to Meg Ryan and John Lennon.

Between 1971 and 2007, the 86-year-old star had a weekly audience of over eight million people tuning into his chat show Parkinson, with a wide variety of people taking to the sofa.

Sir Michael has revealed his most daunting interview was with Prince Philip, who he claimed didn’t like him very much.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “I never felt quite comfortable with Philip, I suspected he didn’t like me very much, I did have to chat to him once, for a charity, and it was not a success, at all.”

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Despite this, the presenter shared he got on well with other members of the Royal Family, including Princess Anne, who he described as a “formidable woman”.

Michael interviewed Anne, the Princess Royal in 1980 following the kidnap attempt she suffered.

“She’s formidable, you don’t go mucking around with her,” he told the publication.

The one royal he has not had the chance to have a sit-down interview with his the late Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, the Duke of Sussex.

Reflecting on Harry’s upcoming memoir, Spare, which is due to be published in January, he swiped: “Oh, we await that, Pulitzer Prize-winning stuff, I’m sure,” before adding: “I do think he would have made for an interesting interview if he had told the truth.”

“The entire family are an explained myth, aren’t they, really.”

His comments come after Prince Harry is set to drop his new memoir titled Spare.

According to reports, the royal had changed parts of his bombshell memoir following the death of the Queen on September 8.


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Meanwhile, Sir Michael also dished on the some of the famous faces he has interviewed, before being quizzed on James Corden.

The 44-year-old, who hosts The Late Late Show, is “a comic, not an interviewer,” and lacks the skill on how to ask questions, said the broadcaster.

He added: “A lot of people now are just shoved there because they’re a face on TV.”

During his talkshow heyday, viewers saw the broadcaster it down one-on-one, often for a whole hour, with the likes of Orson Welles, Madonna and David and Victoria Beckham – he said: “I had the best of it, in terms of the guests I could choose from…

“The older ones and the newer ones, and also the kind of television that was being shown in those days. It was bliss.”

He still counts iconic footballer George Best, with whom he developed a deep friendship before his premature death aged 59, following a liver transplant.

Sir Michael also counts Sir Billy Connolly among his favourite interviews, and praised the comedian as “a natural funny man”.

My Life in Sport: Memories, Moments and Declarations, by Michael Parkinson, is out now (Hodder & Stoughton, priced £20)


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