The general mantra within the halls of the British royal places and offices might be, “ don’t wear a private heart on a public sleeve ”, but as recent events have definitely reminded us, we always get those who bend (if not outright flout) the rules . Here are six royal interviews that definitely dished more than “the establishment” would have liked. 10 royal rules to follow when dining with Queen Elizabeth Princess Diana and the Panorama interview In what is probably regarded as the original royal tell-all interview, Princess Diana sat with Martin Bashir of the BBC’s Panorama and dished on the behind-the-scenes goings on of her in-laws, as well as the true nature of her marriage to Prince Charles. Almost 23 million people in the United Kingdom alone watched the episode, which was recorded in 1995. In the interview, Diana spoke about how desperate she was for her marriage to succeed, opened up about her postnatal depression, admitted that she suffered from an eating disorder and, most shockingly, confirmed that Prince Charles had engaged in an ongoing extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles . In 2020, there arose allegations that dishonesty on the part of Bashir and the BBC had prompted Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, to introduce her to the reporter. The BBC announced an independent investigation into how the interview was obtained, with both Prince William and Prince Harry releasing statements welcoming the decision. The fact that the Panorama interview of almost 25 years ago is still making headlines shows just how much of a seismic wave it had on the royal reputation, and the world at large. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah special If Princess Diana set tongues wagging in 1995 with her sit-down, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan Markle had history repeating itself when the pair sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a TV special that aired in March 2021 . Following their withdrawal from royal duties and their move to the United States , the interview was one of the most anticipated media events of the year, and didn’t disappoint. During their discussion with the Queen of Talk, Harry and Meghan opened up about their relationship, Meghan’s pregnancy at the time, their mental health struggles – including Meghan’s suicidal thoughts – and allegations of racism levelled at an unnamed person within the House of Windsor. Following the airing, reactions to the CBS special were, as expected, widespread, with the public and the media choosing to side with either the Sussexes or the royal family. A lapis lazuli orb for a baby? 5 of Prince George’s most OTT birthday gifts Prince Harry’s interview with James Corden Maybe it’s James Corden’s larger than life, English lad personality that gets the biggest celebrity names headed to his studios , but whatever it is, it lured Prince Harry into a chat. During their talk, Harry dished on what his life was going to be like after he and his wife stepped out of the royal bubble. “My life is always going to be about public service. Meghan signed up for that. And the two of us enjoy doing that,” he said. Harry also seemed to address the queen’s statement regarding their styles and honorary styles, although he didn’t mention it outright: “As far as I’m concerned, whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing.” Prince William and Prince Harry’s documentary In 2017, for the anniversary of their mother’s untimely and tragic death , Princes William and Harry agreed to collaborate on a commemorative documentary on Diana, Princess of Wales, called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy . Both young men opened up about memories of their mother they had never shared before. William spoke about the little-known fact that his mother once surprised him with a visit from supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, while Harry shared a motto that his mother taught him: “You can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught!” Monarch, mechanic, machine-gunner: 8 times Queen Elizabeth was hardcore Prince Charles’ documentary Two years after his separation from Princess Diana, Prince Charles took part in the documentary Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role to restore his image. In it, he admitted to being unfaithful to Diana during their marriage, but added he was “faithful until it became irretrievably broken down”. But Diana made sure the interview would not make any news headlines by wearing her now-famous “revenge dress” on an outing to the Serpentine Gallery the same evening that it aired. Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview In 2019, the world began learning more about the sordid world of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and the net began to close in on the figures who orbited him – one being the queen’s son, Prince Andrew. He gave an interview to BBC’s Newsnight to “iron out misconceptions” about his relationship with the criminal but, according to the majority of viewers and critics, it did not go down well. There were many bizarre moments in the interview, including Andrew announcing that he was unable to sweat because of PTSD he suffered in the 1982 Falklands War, offering no clear statement of regretting his relationship with the sex offender, and denying the validity of a controversial photo of him pictured with a woman who had accused him of sexually violating her. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .