Prince Andrew Is Set to Deal With Some Seriously Bad Press With a New Netflix Documentary and a Biography Dropping This Week

Prince Andrew’s connection to Jeffrey Epstein was questionable. And his BBC interview, intended to clear up what he claims was misinformation, was worse. After the interview, Prince Andrew stepped back from royal life. Now, both Netflix and author Nigel Cawthorne are here to see that the world doesn’t forget about Prince Andrew anytime soon. Cawthorne is releasing his book, Prince Andrew: The End of the Monarchy and Epstein, on May 28 — just one day after the release of a four-part documentary about the Epstein scandal.

Netflix releases a special about Jeffrey Epstein

Netflix has released a four-part documentary on Jeffrey Epstein and the crimes he was accused of before his death in August 2019. The documentary, directed by Lisa Bryant, delves into the allegations against the famed financier, as well as the company he kept.  Prince Andrew, and some of the allegations against him, are featured in Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.

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According to Town and Country, the documentary has uncovered witnesses who claim that the prince was on Epstein’s private island. Dubbed “Pedophile Island” by the press, Little Saint James Island was reportedly the scene of many of Epstein’s infamous parties. He owned the Caribbean getaway from 1998 until his death.

According to the source, a former Epstein employee, Prince Andrew was seen vacationing on the island around 2004 and was actively groping an underage girl that the time. The prince has denied all allegations levied against him.  

A new biography paints Prince Andrew as a boastful, womanizing bully

The Netflix documentary isn’t Prince Andrew’s only press problem at the moment. Cawthorne’s biography has few good things to say about the son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The biographer — who garnered information from former classmates, aides, and other staffers — paints Prince Andrew as a bully who wasn’t particularly well-liked by his male colleagues.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England
Prince Andrew, Duke of York | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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According to the New York Post, Cawthorne spoke with an aide who suggested Prince Andrew was rude and demanding. They said they witnessed him throwing things on the floor and demanding other people pick them up. His classmates didn’t hold back either. Several reportedly described the prince as arrogant and also a womanizer.

The media also has captured Prince Andrew’s playboy antics before his marriage to Sarah Ferguson and after the couple split. And rumors about the extramarital activities of both Fergie and Prince Andrew have swirled for years.

How has the palace dealt with Prince Andrew thus far?

When Prince Andrew was first linked to Epstein, the palace denied all allegations levied against him. But it dealt with the prince with a firmer hand in November 2019 after his BBC interview. While the interview was meant to paint the prince in a positive light, his behavior during the one-on-one disturbed viewers. He largely disappeared from the public eye thereafter, and the queen officially canceled his planned birthday bash.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York stands with his daughter, Princess Beatrice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

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The palace officially evicted Prince Andrew from Buckingham Palace, and his private office was removed from the historic landmark. Queen Elizabeth II issued the eviction notice, according to The Times of London. Shortly thereafter, he resigned from public duties.