Will Prince Andrew Be Banned From Princess Beatrice’s Wedding After Epstein Scandal Fallout?
A few years ago, the world’s eyes were irrevocably open to an underground society of elite and wealthy sex offenders who are involved in the horrific world of human trafficking. At the center of this scandal was American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Shortly after Epstein was arrested for the atrocious crimes, he had committed suicide. However, investigators believe that he did not act alone while committing these crimes.
Since Epstein’s arrest, it has been revealed that he had many high-profile friends. One of these friends is Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, Prince Andrew. So far, the public does not know the exact extent of Andrew’s involvement with Epstein’s case. However, there is quite a bit of evidence and accusations that are stacking up against him.
Being that he has found himself in the middle of a pretty serious scandal, many people are wondering if he will still be apart of his daughter’s upcoming wedding. So, will Prince Andrew be there to walk Princess Beatrice down the aisle at her wedding? Here is what we know.
Prince Andrew’s scandal
In 2015, a woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre had alleged that she was a former “sex slave” of Epstein’s. She had said that not only did Epstein horribly abuse her but that he also made her have sexual encounters with other wealthy men when she was just a teenager.
One of the men that she claims she was forced to have sex with was Prince Andrew. Back in 2015, Giuffre had filed a civil lawsuit, but a judge had found that there was little evidence to back her claim against the prince, and the case was eventually dropped.
But her claims were once again brought back up this year after Epstein had been arrested. And when new evidence had surfaced that confirmed that Prince Andrew had, in fact, been on Epstein’s private plane and visited him at his home and on his private island, many people started to speculate that Giuffre’s claims could be true.
In an interview with the BBC, Prince Andrew said that despite there being a picture of him and Giuffre together when she was just only 17 years old, he does not recall ever meeting her. And insist that he never had any type of romantic relationship with Giuffre.
One of the things that Giuffre had said about Prince Andrew was that at one point, she was forced to go dancing with him and he had sweated a lot. Andrew claims that he is unable to sweat due to a medical condition and continues to deny having any dealings with the young woman at all.
Prince Andrew will be stepping back from his duties
Just days after Prince Andrew had the disastrous interview with The BBC, he announced that would step back from his royal duties.
The statement read, in part: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support.”
“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 Andrew had said in the statement.
He went on to say that he regrets his “ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.” And that he has nothing but sympathy for all of Epstein’s victims.
Will Prince Andrew attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding?
Earlier this year, Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, became engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. So far, they have not announced a date for their wedding, but they are expecting to get married sometime in 2020.
With so much controversy surrounding her father, many people are wondering if Prince Andrew will be at the wedding and if he will walk Beatrice down the aisle. The palace has yet to comment on any of the specifics of the wedding.
We assume Princess Beatrice would want her father with her on her big day. However, there is a big chance that his presence could cast a cloud of gloom on the entire event. We will just have to wait and see what Princess Beatrice and her family decide what would be the best course of action for that time.