Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Facing More Criticism Than Prince Andrew — Here’s Why

There’s lots of drama going on in the royal family right now, but are all scandals truly equal?

Many fans are confused about why Prince Andrew’s questionable relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is getting less press than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle using private jets. It seems that everyone is a lot more outraged by the latter right now, even with the bombshell Netflix documentary release.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

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Prince Andrew is still flying under the radar

The whole Prince Andrew/Jeffrey Epstein connection should be one of the biggest royal scandals of the year, if not the decade. However, royal followers are much more interested in discussing if Prince Harry truly is the so-called “Prince of Wokeness” and a climate change hypocrite to boot.

It may seem strange, but there is one very telling reason why this unpleasant business with Prince Andrew isn’t drawing as much attention as it should.

Prince Harry is more famous than Prince Andrew

The most obvious explanation that Prince Andrew’s scandal isn’t dominating headlines is that he’s not as popular as the Duke of Sussex. He may have a place in the line of succession, but at 59 years old, the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip isn’t young and handsome anymore.

People weren’t that interested in Prince Andrew before and they’re not changing their minds now.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry is one of the most talked-about royal family members in the world, especially after changing his party boy ways and marrying Meghan Markle. Harry and Meghan broke the Guinness World Record for accumulating the largest number of followers in the shortest amount of time on Instagram. These two are superstars.

Prince Andrew used to make headlines all the time

Critics are quick to cry foul that Harry and Meghan should receive so much negative attention when their surprise departure from the royal family isn’t that terrible — at least not in comparison to staying friends with a pedophile. But remember, this isn’t Prince Andrew’s first scandal, and there was a time when he got plenty of bad press. Remember the whole Fergie toe-sucking incident?

Duke and Duchess of York
Duke and Duchess of York | Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

In truth, the nature of Prince Andrew’s alleged sins probably contributes to why the media is a little more cautious with their coverage. No one is exactly sure how involved Prince Andrew was with Epstein or his knowledge of his former friend’s crimes at the time.

It’s a lot easier to discuss Prince Harry hopping on a private jet because the act itself isn’t illegal — it’s just poor form for a so-called environmentalist.

The press has been covering Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein for a while

There’s one more reason why the royal family’s connection with Epstein isn’t making more headlines — it’s kind of old news. The truth of Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein first started appearing way back in 2007 and that media coverage culminated in 2011.

It’s true that Epstein was in the news again, especially since the premiere of Filthy Rich on Netflix, but everyone mostly knew about the royal family’s involvement before.

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For their part, Buckingham Palace made a public statement declaring that Prince Andrew never had sex with underage girls. When the allegations against Epstein dominated in 2011, Prince Andrew resigned from his position as Britain’s special representative for Trade and Investment.

And now? Everyone has moved on to new scandals. Like Prince Harry making barefoot speeches, taking private planes, and moving to Los Angeles.