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Prince Harry to guest edit BBC Radio 4's Today programme for Christmas

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 23/11/2017 Fiona Simpson
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Prince Harry will guest edit an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in the run up to Christmas.

The Prince will use the editorial spot to highlight issues from youth violence to conservation.

The fifth in line to the throne has been unveiled as one of the guest editors of one of the programme's Christmas specials, alongside Conservative peer Baroness Trumpington and Booker prize-winning author and poet Benjamin Okri and artificial intelligence (AI).

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "Prince Harry is grateful to have Today's considerable reach to shine a spotlight on a number of issues that are close to his heart.

"He is working closely with Today's team to produce segments on a range of topics, including youth violence, conservation, and mental health."

The Prince was rumoured to be lined-up for a guest editor slot earlier this year, with the show's editor, Sarah Sands, reportedly confirming the news as she described his programmes as "very, very interesting".

Harry follows in the footsteps of former Today guest editors such as Stephen Hawking, IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe and Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams.

He is the second royal to take the job after Sarah Ferguson, the then Duchess of York, who edited in 2004.

Baroness Trumpington - who spent four decades in the House of Lords before retiring - will use her editorship to cover the importance of plain speaking in politics and a debate over the legalisation of brothels.

Okri is compiling an anthology of political poems for his role while Tamara Rojo, artistic director of English National Ballet, will discuss funding for the arts.

AI, used to power common household gadgets such as the Amazon Echo smart speaker, will climb into the hot seat as experts discuss how far it has infiltrated the home and workplace.

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