Prince Andrew’s Scandal Just Got Way Worse
It appears that Prince Andrew of York may go down in history as the most disgraced member of the British Royal Family in modern times. The prince was a full-time royal and beloved son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when all of it crumbled under his own arrogance.
For years, the prince had been close friends with convicted sex offender and financier Jefferey Epstein. Their friendship continued even after Epstein was imprisoned for soliciting a minor in 2008. However, in the wake of Epstein’s suicide in the summer of 2019 — royal fans began taking a closer look a the prince’s relationship with the late businessman.
Things came to head in November 2019 when the prince — in an attempt to clear his name — gave a troubling interview with BBC’s Newsnight where he declared he did not regret his friendship with Epstein. The fallout was so swift that just days later — Prince Andrew announced he was stepping away from his royal duties for the foreseeable future.
Prince Andrew has removed himself from all of his charities and his 60th birthday celebration has been canceled
After his ill-advised interview with BBC Newsnight — Prince Andrew has all but retreated from public life. “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.”
Additionally, Queen Elizabeth has canceled her second-born son’s 60th birthday soiree which was supposed to take place in February. Instead, Prince Andrew will have a quiet family dinner.
Prince Andrew’s daughters have been majorly impacted by his scandal
Prince Andrew has always been close with his daughters — Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie –who do limited royal engagements on behalf of the queen. Though the princesses are said to be continuing on with their work — their father’s downfall has been a terrible strain.
Princess Beatrice has apparently been in tears since the BBC interview aired. Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie could be forced to move out of Kensington Palace. The princess lives at Ivy Cottage, a three-bedroom house on the grounds of the palace with her husband, Jack Brooksbank. The pair rent the home at a “commercial rate” of £182,000 a year which was paid for by Prince Andrew.
However, now that the prince is no longer a full-time royal — his finances will be affected.
Prince Andrew’s business deals are now being called into question
With his personal life under a microscope — Prince Andrew’s past business deals are now being called into question. Mail on Sunday is reporting that the prince might have abused his role as a trade representative. Apparently he passed inside information and connections to his friends. “[Prince Andrew] exploited his taxpayer-funded role as Britain’s trade envoy to work behind the scenes for his close friend, the controversial multimillionaire financier David Rowland,” the newspaper reports.
Rowland is the same man who reportedly gave the prince’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson –£40,000 to help her pay her debts.
Now, there is a call for a full parliamentary investigation into the prince and his self-dealings. “It all just stinks,” Chris Bryant, a former minister of the Foreign Office told Mail. “I don’t think he has ever been able to draw a distinction between his own personal interest and the national interest.”
Unless Queen Elizabeth is able to shield him –things might get even worse for Prince Andrew.