The true story behind the Netflix movie Scoop, a ‘catastrophic’ publicity event for the royal family.

The true story behind Scoop on Netflix.

The story is centred around Prince Andrew, who is eighth in line to the throne as the late Queen Elizabeth II’s third child and King Charles’s younger brother. Before his controversial connection to Epstein, Andrew was most known for his marriage to ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

But in 2014, a Florida court filing implicated Prince Andrew, along with several high-profile men, as having sexual interactions with Australian American woman Virginia Giuffre, who was a minor at the time. This allegation came on the tail of other revelations included in a defamation trial that alleged Prince Andrew had attended Epstein’s property and been spotted with young women.

By 2015, the palace was forced to address the mounting allegations. “Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors is categorically untrue,” a palace spokesperson said.

But the rumours and allegations persisted, prompting McAlister to reach out requesting a TV interview between Newsnight and Andrew in response to a press release. However, the response was a solid “no”.

McAlister was a former criminal barrister before she carved an uncompromising reputation as a gun TV producer.

Sam McAlister is portrayed by Billie Piper in Scoop. Image: Netflix.