Prince Andrew has been fired by the Queen of England herself; stripped of royal privileges and opportunities in the wake of the Epstein controversy. Earlier this week, damning pictures arose featuring Prince Andrew partying it up with underage girls.
Prince Andrew stands accused of repeatedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl, Virginia Roberts, who says she was trafficked to him by serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A US judge says he is ready to release documents relating to the Duke of York’s alleged role in securing a plea deal for paedophile tycoon Jeffrey Epstein that potentially shaved 18 years off his sentence.
Federal judge Kenneth Marra has ordered Epstein’s legal team to produce “extraordinary circumstances” as to why the papers should not be made public.
The 15,000 pages of suppressed material are believed to contain the names of several powerful figures, including Prince Andrew, who allegedly lobbied on Epstein’s behalf.-news.com/au
Andrew was interviewed recently on BBC Newsnight by Emily Maitlis and he insisted: he did not go partying with Roberts at London’s fashionable Tramp nightclub in 2001, didn’t have sex with her that same night, and has ‘no recollection’ of ever meeting her.
Oddly enough, he conveniently remembered the date and time and stated he took his daughter out for pizza on the day in question. At 4PM. His nightclub visit though, was of course, at night, so there’s that.
Andrew went on to say the now-famous photo of himself and Roberts at the London home of Epstein’s close friend and alleged fellow procurer of underage girls, Ghislaine Maxwell was faked because he doesn’t go out without wearing a suit and a tie.
Twitter blew up with photos of him exiting a nightclub in jeans and a shirt.
Andrew then stated the photo was a fake because he didn’t hug women….he doesn’t understand the concept of the internet, does he?
He also said he has ‘no recollection’ of meeting, was taken upstairs at Maxwell’s home and he never went upstairs. So yeah how would he know it was taken upstairs if he never went upstairs?
He also went on to say he didn’t even know where the bar was at Tramp, the bar he was photographed at hugging on women and being licked by one. Apparently he partied there for years. Roberts said he sweated profusely as they danced in Tramp.
Prince Andrew claims he can’t sweat. He has a physical condition that prevents him from sweating. This conditon does exist, so he may or may not be telling the truth on that one, although convenient as it seems.
Of course, within seconds, social media was again flooded with photos of Andrew sweating.
Andrew spent four days at Epstein’s Manhattan home. Andrew says the only reason he saw Epstein again in New York in 2010, after his release from prison, was to break off the friendship, explaining he spent so long at Epstein’s because it was convenient.
She ended the interview simply: ‘Thank you, Your Royal Highness.’
Apparently the Queen watched the interview.
From the DailyBeast.com:
“The bottle of whisky and the pearl-handled revolver were laid out for him. And they were laid out for him by his mother,” one source told The Daily Beast.
But behind his mother’s brutal sacking many detect the guiding hand of Prince Charles, who has sought to exclude Andrew from the royal family since 2012, and who finally seized the opportunity Wednesday.
The Queen has been locked in phone calls with Charles, who is on tour in New Zealand, since the crisis broke.
Writer Penny Junor, who has worked closely with Charles on biographies and is a trusted confidante of the palace, told The Daily Beast that she suspected Charles had played a significant role in the hit, saying: “I imagine there might have been a bit of pressure on him to make this announcement, and I suspect that might have come from his older brother.”
Andrew was quickly pulled from a scheduled visit to flood victims in northern England as plans for his demise were sealed. He was summoned to Buckingham Palace from his home in Windsor on Wednesday afternoon, where he was told it was over.
Andrew was told he would no longer to have any frontline duties representing the family. He was told he was to stand down immediately from his 200 charitable patronages. He was told that he would immediately lose his £250,000 per annum grant.
The one crumb of comfort came when duke was told he would still be welcome at family occasions, so expect to see him at Sandringham walking to church on Christmas Day.
Like all well-executed hits, Andrew, a friend told the Daily Beast, had no idea what was about to happen. Indeed, he was planning a trip to the Middle East this weekend as part of his business startup program.
In fact, according to the Queen’s biographer Robert Hardman, writing in the Daily Mail today, the Queen and Charles reached their decision Tuesday night when Andrew became a subject of discussion in a BBC debate between rival politicians Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, who are squaring up for an election on Dec. 12.
A member of the public asked the leaders whether the monarchy was fit for purpose: Corbyn’s sly response that it “needs a bit of improvement” got a thunderous response.
That the monarchy should be a bona fide talking point in a general election was a huge red flag and a reminder of 1992, when the Queen apologized to then Prime Minister John Major that the breakdown of the marriage between Duke and Duchess of York intruded on the election. It seems another such apology, necessitated by the same member of the royal family, may be necessary this time.
Unbelievably, just 24 minutes after Andrew’s statement had been released, the Queen was making a public appearance, presenting her old friend Sir David Attenborough with a lifetime achievement award.
She even managed to crack a joke and there was laughter as she told the TV legend: “Sir David, this award recognizes your many talents and one can’t help but feel that, for those of us of a certain generation, we can take great pleasure in proving age is no barrier to being a positive influence.”
The Queen kept a smile pasted on her face throughout, but don’t mistake that for any pleasure at Andrew’s demise. She will be devastated at the tragedy that has befallen her favorite son, just a few months short of his 60th birthday.
In a bitter irony, yesterday marked what should have been a joyous day of celebration as it marked the Queen’s 72nd wedding anniversary.
Yet just minutes after one of the most sickening decisions of her career, Her Majesty was doing exactly what being the perfect royal requires—sublimating her emotions to the service of the Crown.
The contrast with Andrew could hardly be greater, and now he has the rest of his life to ponder what might have been.