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Monday, July 6, 1998 Published at 22:17 GMT 23:17 UK


A role fit for a prince

Prince Edward has had practice in the past as a presenter

Prince Edward's new documentary series, Crown and Country, is to be shown on British television next week, during which viewers will get a glimpse of the prince doing a spot of presenting.

But in case, you fail to spot him, don't worry, you won't be only one who didn't recognise him.

In one unusual incident that took place during work on the series, Prince Edward was questioned by police who did not realise who he was.

The prince and his crew had been filming outside the Ministry of Defence, when the police asked what they were doing, suspecting them of dubious activities.

Prince Edward said: "The police started getting a bit edgy because they thought we were protestors. I don't know what they thought we were protesting about. Two policemen did come over and ask us what we were doing."

The prince, who produced the six-part series, was also called on to do some of the presenting. But, he says, it is not a role he has plans to fill regularly.

"To be perfectly honest I didn't go into television to present. I went into television to produce," he said.

"What I enjoy is putting a small team together and working on ideas. But I had my arm twisted on one or two occasions to go and stand in front of the cameras and do that bit."

A royal production

Crown and Country takes a look at the Royal palaces in and around London, as well as other places of interest in the region that have links with the monarchy.

Prince Edward, who runs his own company, Ardent Productions, said he has thoroughly enjoyed working on the series, which he says put him in a public role quite different to his Royal one.

"It is completely different. They are two utterly different scenarios and circumstances and you can't really compare one with the other," the prince said.

In the future, Prince Edward also hopes to make more programmes that are unassociated with his Royal connections.

He said: "There are various programmes that we make that are not in any way connected with the Royal family or the Crown. They tend to go overseas rather than this country.

"Hopefully one day the commissioning editors in this country will change their minds and let me make some programmes on other subjects," Prince Edward added.

The series, Crown and Country, will begin on Thursday, July 16, on Carlton Television.

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