Well, it sounds like Prince Andrew‘s retirement from Royal duties is FOR GOOD.
The Times of London reported this week that Queen Elizabeth’s second son will not be returning to public life… ever.
According to the Times, the disgraced prince had recently hired a PR specialist to rehabilitate his image. But despite the effort (if you can call it that), he’s still been ousted. The report noted:
“The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared…. The royal family has ‘no plans to review’ his position.”
Insiders told the outlet that the rest of the family sees Andrew as “toxic” and that he’s now considered a “busted flush”. Ouch. You don’t need to play poker to know that sounds BAD. The Times noted most of Andrew’s charity patronages — a major part of his royal duties — had already cut ties with the prince anyway. Meanwhile, military officials allegedly want him “faded out” of his military appointments as well.
The news of the Duke of York’s permanent retirement comes after accusations against him resurfaced in the recently released Netflix docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre reiterated her allegations in the doc, saying:
“Ghislaine [Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged right-hand-woman] had this favorite guessing game that she does, she goes to Prince Andrew ‘How old do you think Virginia is?’ And he said ’17.’ She’s like, ‘Oh you’re right!’ They made a little joke about it. [Andrew] was like, ‘My daughters aren’t far from your age. My daughters are a little bit younger than you.'”
The prince has vehemently denied Giuffre’s claims, saying in the BBC interview he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady”. However, when presented with photographic evidence showing he did, in fact, meet that lady, he had trouble defending himself. He stammered:
“I don’t remember that photograph ever being taken. I don’t remember going upstairs in the house because that photograph was taken upstairs and I am not entirely convinced that… I mean that is… that is what I would describe as me in that… in that picture but I can’t… we can’t be certain as to whether or not that’s my hand on her whatever it is, left… left side.”
Yeah, we’re cringing all over again.
Andrew also tried to discredit her recollection that he “sweated profusely” during their encounter by claiming it was “almost impossible” for him to sweat at the time because of a war injury. However, he can’t prove it because he’s gotten better since. That’s one stinky excuse.
When we lay it all out like this, it’s actually pretty easy to see why the royal family wouldn’t want him on the job anymore. Good riddance, TBH!
[Image via BBC & WENN/Avalon]