Charles Dickens with Gyles Brandreth airs on Channel 5 at 7:35pm on Saturday evening, and sees Mr Brandreth visit Bleak House in Broadstairs, where the famous author wrote David Copperfield, and a host of other Dickensian places.
Mr Brandreth enjoys a close relationship with several members of the Royal Family, notably the late Prince Philip.
He has written numerous books on the royals, including ‘Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage’ and ‘Philip: The Final Portrait’.
Gyles Brandreth exposed Prince Philip’s thoughts on Harry and Meghan
Mr Brandreth enjoyed a close relationship with Prince Philip.
Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death earlier this year, Mr Brandreth said: “The Duke showed me great friendliness over 40 years, but royalty offer you friendliness, not friendship, and you have to remember the difference.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail shortly after the Duke passed away, Mr Brandreth offered an insight into Philip’s thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal duties.
The Queen had said in a statement that she was “saddened” by their decision, but that they would remain much-loved members of the family.
Mr Brandreth said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was equally sorry ‘that it should come to this’.
Mr Brandreth, seen here with Camilla, is a much-loved journalist and author.
“Harry had only succeeded his grandfather as Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017.
“Philip had done the job for 64 years. Harry had barely managed 30 months.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was not pleased, nor did he believe that Harry and Meghan were doing the right thing either for the country or for themselves.”
Philip had, however, expressed sympathy with his grandson, and supported Harry’s desire to “do things in his own way”.
Prince Philip expressed his dismay at the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview.
Mr Brandreth said: “He [Philip] said to me: ‘People have got to lead their lives as they think best.’”
Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey aired just over a month before Philip passed away.
Mr Brandreth aired Philip’s alleged thoughts on the interview: “I know from someone close to him that he thought Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was ‘madness’ and ‘no good could come of it’.
“I was not surprised because that is exactly how he described the personal TV interviews given by Prince Charles and Diana, Prince of Wales back in the Nineties.”
Prince Harry chuckles with his grandfather on a trip to Twickenham.
Meghan and Harry moved away from the unofficial royal motto of “never complain, never explain”, made a mainstay of the Royal Family by the Queen Mother.
Mr Brandreth said this troubled Philip. He said: “The fact that the Meghan and Harry interview was aired while Philip was in hospital did not trouble him.
“What did worry him was the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public.
“‘Give TV interviews by all means,’ he said, ‘but don’t talk about yourself’.
Philip loved Harry, much like the Queen does, and admired him for his military career.
He opted to stay out of things when the details of their departure were being thrashed out.
Mr Brandreth claimed Philip responded to the rift by saying: “I’ll soon be out of it and not before time.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK