Prince Andrew’s Scandal May Allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Escape the Circus of Royal Life
Though the British royal family is more popular now than they have been in decades, they haven’t been able to escape scrutiny and scandal. Since Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been the focus for the past couple of years, royal fans were thrown for a loop when Prince Andrew — the beloved son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip got embroiled in scandal.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, found himself caught in the middle of the salacious life of the late financier and sex offender Jeffery Epstein. The men were good friends for 20 years. Royal fans were horrified that the prince maintained the friendship even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 of soliciting a minor for sex.
When the New York- based businessman hanged himself in prision during the summer of 2019, questions about his friendship with Prince Andrew rose to the surface once again.
Prince Andrew has been stripped of his royal duties
Though he still holds his title, following his ill-fated interview with BBC Newsnight and allegations from one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, that she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was just 17, Prince Andrew has been effectively de-royaled.
“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.”
The remaining senior members of the British royal family will have more responsibilities
With Prince Andrew out, Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan Markle will be left working overtime. After all, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are not looking to replace the Duke of York in what is already a fairly bloated royal family.
“You might see William, Kate, Harry and Meghan involved in this,” Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers explained on Pod Save the Queen. “They will be lumbered with a lot more work, you’d imagine. [Andrew} was a patron of 230-odd charities, it is an awful lot.”
Prince Andrew’s downfall could help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Though they certainly aren’t looking to add more to their plate as they restrategize their approach to royal life, Prince Andrew’s demise may have helped the Sussexes. In fact, with the Duke of York out of the way, Markle and Prince Harry might get more freedom.
“I think with a member of the Royal Family being effectively retired early, should Harry and Meghan not wish they be part of whole circus there’s almost a path for them now,” Prince Charles’ biographer Robert Jobson told Hierpodcast. “If they said to Charles when he’s king, ‘Look we don’t really see ourselves in this type of role, we wanted a different type of role,’ I think he’d be flexible to that. There’s no pressure for them now. In terms of defining who they are and what they want to be if they want to spend half their time in America or somewhere else, I don’t see that as an issue.”
When Prince Charles does take the throne, he will focus on grooming the Cambridge family so that the Sussexes can focus on their passions –including an international charity. “This is a mission that Meghan has been on for a long time,” an insider told the Daily Telegraph. “Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives. Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan.”