PLATELL’S PEOPLE: How the BBC’s golden boy Amol Rajan conned me into royal hatchet job 

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Eight months ago, I was introduced to BBC rising star Amol Rajan, who asked me to interview him for a TV documentary he was making.

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It was about Princes William and Harry and their relationship with the media after the death of their mother, Diana. He said the working title was The Princess and the Press, but added, Delphi, that it ‘doesn’t capture what we’re doing’.

Actually that didn’t happen. The first part of the resulting series, which aired last Monday, was, in my opinion, a devious work on the Palace and the press. , , and biographies of Harry and Meghan. It was so biased towards the royals that the Palace has threatened to boycott future deals with the BBC.


Clearly, I didn’t sign up to be the party to such blasphemy when I presented myself for at least two hours of filmed conversation with Rajan, which must be said, charming, self-deprecating. And I realized that everything was on level.

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Eight months ago, I was introduced to BBC rising star Amol Rajan, who asked me to interview him for a TV documentary he was making.

When I watched the program, my two hours were reduced to less than two minutes of select quotes. I felt completely cheated.

To avoid further panic, I asked Rajan to show me any other edits to our chat that would appear in the second episode on Monday, given that six months had passed since the interview. He replied: ‘It is impossible to share alas: we are still working on the programme. I’m sorry I always want to be fair.’

I think the audience has already made up their mind on how ‘fair’ the series is.

Producers have allowed Meghan’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, to speak without challenge, with the Duchess’s approval. Most embarrassingly, it seems they have failed to give the same opportunity to the royal family.

What’s more, he overshadowed Omid Scobie, a Meghan super-groupie who co-authored a fave biography.

During Monday's episode, she highlighted two of my Daily Mail columns that criticized the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William - regardless of the number I wrote in their favor, writes Amanda Platel (pictured).

During Monday’s episode, she highlighted two of my Granthshala columns that criticized the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William – regardless of the number I wrote in their favor, writes Amanda Platel (pictured).

The Palace had given information against her, because she was so popular, she had full leeway to claim. Yet the national broadcaster set up by Royal Charter declined courtesy of a preview for Palace staff to see what the Queen and her family were accused of.

I am deeply ashamed of being associated with The Princess and the Press and felt by Amol Rajan, whom I think misled me.

During Monday’s episode, she highlighted two columns in my Granthshala that criticized the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William—regardless of the numbers I wrote in their favor. It felt like I was being used to pursue Meghan’s case. I should have known better.

I guess no matter how badly treated, heaven knows what the royals feel about being trashed by the BBC.

Rod wants to talk about it

Well done Rod Stewart, 76, asked his wife, Penny Lancaster, 50, to encourage men to take classes in menopause after his wife, Penny Lancaster, said she found it “soul destroyer,” and called the whole thing “horrifying.” I got married because this was not the person.

She also learned how to duck dumped saucepans in the kitchen.

This must have been a new experience for the aging Rock Lothario – after all, Penny is the first woman he’s been with long enough to go through a ‘transformation’.

Mother of Parliament…

Labour’s flamboyant MP Stella Cressey has called for parliament rules to be changed so that she can bring her three-month-old son into the House of Commons chamber – although there is a posh-site crche. Then again, little Pip fits right in: Half the members are overgrown kids anyway.

Britain-born Isis bride Shamima Begum is once again pleading for her return from her Syrian refugee camp here for a fair trial. Surely we can accede to his request. If the news of her involvement in the horrors of Isis turns out to be true, she will spend the rest of her life in prison.

The Archbishop of Canterbury says it is ‘disappointing’ that, from Don French’s Vicar of Dibly Down, TV portrays parish priests as ‘wicked or stupid’. Time for humility lessons for Most Rev Justin Welby: Don’s big-hearted Geraldine Granger was loved by his parishioners and the show attracted 13 million viewers. Under Justin’s leadership, the CofE congregation has shrunk to three million.

Some of the world’s most monogamous creatures, albatrosses, are ‘divorcing’ more often for the planet because of warming, a Royal Society study says. Is there anything that cannot be blamed on global warming?

Princess Diana’s former bodyguard, Sergeant Alan Peters, claims it was she and not Charles who was unfaithful earlier in her marriage – when she had an affair with her security officer, Barry Mannaki. Even if true, can you blame a woman who was married under such a false pretense, with a new husband who had already devoted her heart to another?

Vaughn’s last words

Cricketer Azeem Rafiq has done a lot since calling Michael Vaughan a racist, which he denies.

The former England captain quickly lost his job on BBC’s Radio 5 Live and has now been sacked by Bibb as a commentator on the Ashes. Rafiq himself posted anti-Semitic posts and alleged that he harassed a young woman with messages.

There is Karma that Vaughan will comment on the Ashes in Australia for Fox Sports, while Rafiq will be free to fry haddock at his Barnsley fish and chip shop.

don’t look, geno

Jennifer Lawrence says she is happy that her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio has been paid £5 million more than him for his new film Don’t Look Up.

‘Leo brings in more box office than me,’ says the brave honest actress. In today’s culture of compulsive equality, Jane will inevitably get a bucket of opium thrown over her head.

Seeing an onlooker with Adele, some were astonished to see how much older she looked compared to her photos on two of Vogue’s covers a month earlier. Surely the Tottenham girl didn’t let her images fly in the air? And, seeing her in a palladium packed with an audience of impressive celebs, I couldn’t help wondering if cheese was back in her diet—and not just her performance.

For those of you who think our PC Christmas ads have woken up enough, there’s some one-upmanship from Norway’s post office. Its ad, When Harry Met Santa, features a love story where two men take a nap on Christmas Eve. What must poor old Rudolph be thinking?

My friend Richard Madley was taken to the hospital during I’m A Celebrity and is recovering after a false alarm. Too many insects? Abdominal pain? Or just heartache – because it was the longest time apart from his wife of 35 years, Judy.

Westminster War

+ At Sir David Ames’ funeral, his lifelong friend Ann Widdecombe said we should not mourn his brutal death but celebrate his extraordinary life as a dedicated parliamentarian for three decades.

And what a beautiful legacy he has left in his family – his son David Ames Jr. held his mother’s hand as she left the service after the MP’s four fine daughters.

Although grateful for that, we didn’t need the Pope’s message to remind us what a good man David was.

+ Aren’t we tired of ‘Red Wall’ Tory MPs threatening to topple the prime minister? The economy (unlike our neighbors) is booming and life – for now – is almost back to normal.

Those Whinnie Ingrets haven’t been in the job for two years and they wouldn’t have one if it weren’t for Boris’s Heineken appeal. At the time he showed some loyalty.

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