Prince Andrew Rejected This Job Offer from Prince Charles and It Might Have Saved His Career
Prince Andrew’s public life is pretty much non-existant from this point on. Since the day he was born, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s second-born son has enjoyed all of the privileges that come with being born into the British Royal Family.
As a favorite of his mother — Prince Andrew was often sheltered and protected even when those close to him were caught up in scandals. When his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, was photographed getting her toes sucked by another man during their marriage — she was villainized while the prince was unscathed. In fact, the Duke of York was granted a divorce and he’s still been able to maintain a close friendship with Fergie.
Now, all of that favor and grace has come to a screeching halt. In August 2019 — financier and sex offender Jefferey Epstein hanged himself while in prison. His death put a spotlight on the friendship Prince Andrew shared with the businessman. It also called into question some of the prince’s own behavior around young women as well as some of his business dealings.
Prince Andrew caused his own downfall
One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, has come forward to accuse the Duke of York of sexual abuse. In an effort to clear his name — Prince Andrew gave a horribly ill-advised interview to BBC Newsnight where he defended his 20-year relationship with Epstein and killed his entire royal career.
Just two days after the interview aired — the prince announced that he would be stepping away from his royal duties for the foreseeable future. “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said in a statement. “Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”
Prince Charles and Prince William were instrumental in getting Prince Andrew to relinquish his duties
Prince Charles and Prince William have both been wary of Prince Andrew over the years. Since both men will be sitting on the throne in the future — they are responsible for the well-being and image of the British Royal Family.
“Prince Andrew’s behavior was unacceptable and both the Duke of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales had to make sure that Queen Elizabeth did not let him slide,” an insider told The Evening Standard. “This is not about personalities but about safeguarding the future of the institution of the monarchy itself. There could be only one conclusion…The Duke of York had to withdraw from the fray and from public life. It is very sad. Obviously, both the Queen and the prince love Andrew…but the health of the monarchy is too important to risk.”
Prince Charles once offered Prince Andrew a job that could’ve saved his career
Though Prince Andrew was a patron of over 200 charities during his tenure as a senior royal — Prince Charles once offered his brother a job that could’ve shielded him from ever becoming too close to Epstein.
Back in 2001 when the Duke of York retired from the Royal Navy, Prince Charles offered Prince Andrew the opportunity to come work by his side as an aide. He would have been, the “one member of the family that Charles relied on.” Instead, the prince went on to become an international trade emissary for the government, a position he was offered from Labour MP Peter Mandelson. Unfortunately, those business dealings in the wake of this Epstein scandal are being scrutinized.
“Prince Andrew has been de-royaled, if there is such a word,” historian and biographer Robert Lacey told The Guardian. “At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I really would compare it to 1936 and the abdication of Edward VIII. What we are talking about is effectively the removal of a member of the royal family as a result of public opinion.”
Prince Andrew really should’ve taken that job from his big brother.