The late Queen and her favorite boy, Prince Andrew
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Britain received the first new monarch in her lifetime yesterday, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the passing of the crown, formerly known as Prince, to Charles. Sad times for some, exuberant times for too many online, and possibly very stressful times for one man – the disgraced Prince Andrew. For years, Andrew’s status as the mother’s favorite boy kept him salaried and placed in a Crown estate. While the Queen was still alive, the Duke of York seemed intent on taking back some sort of public role, but the reign of King Charles III is expected to bring changes to both the monarchy in general and Andrew in particular.
Journalist and royal biographer Tina Brown said of Andrew in an interview in April: “As long as the Queen is around, it may be possible for him to sneak back in, including the Duke’s recent visit to his mother.” “But it won’t work when Charles is king or William is king. He’s not going to have any trucks with Andrew. (Though William let Andrew ride on a Range Rover ride to Balmoral as the family ran to pay their last respects.)
Just a day after the Queen’s death was announced, however, it is unclear what will happen next with Andrew. There are vastly elaborate royal protocols to be executed in the coming days that will likely take precedence. Still, we do know that the Queen held a lofty opinion of the Duke that members of his family do not share. Points of contention include Andrew’s relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—who, even after Epstein’s prophecy became globally known, did not seem to be Prince—and his well-documented friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, who Most recently Epstein was convicted for his role in sex-trafficking. Plan. Relatedly, there are allegations that the prince had sex with minors who were trafficked by Epstein, most notably Virginia Giuffre, who accused Duke of raping her. Andrew and Buckingham Palace both denied the allegations, but the Queen is believed to have paid nearly $13 million to settle Giuffre’s lawsuit earlier this year.
According to various tabloid reports, the royal family was concerned that Andrew’s legal battle would taint the Platinum Jubilee and encouraged a settlement because they wanted to circumvent a media circus. Presumably, they were thinking of the extremely embarrassing interview Andrew gave in 2019 in an attempt to clear his name to the BBC, but ultimately, with his temporary lack of sweat and wild defenses about a Pizza Express in Woking. ridiculed. Putting charges of serious sex offenses aside, Andrew has a habit of at fault in scandal: shady real estate deals, dubious associates, and a reputation for buffoonery who is rumored to have made an easy mark for Epstein and a royal. A fork has been made in. Family side.
Yet despite great odds, he remained his mother’s favourite. “There was an unbreakable bond between them, and she would have been devastated when her name was dragged into the mud,” Phil Dampier, royal expert and historian of the Queen’s House purse, recently told daily mail, “Of course, she had only herself to blame for, and it’s hard to feel sympathy for her, but as a mother, she always supported him.”
Conveniently located at the Royal Lodge, Andrew was close to Windsor Castle and would see his mother “on an almost daily basis”, Dampier said. He bought the Queen her first cell phone and replacement corgis and apparently made her laugh. he was, per Match, “the extra he had for himself after producing the heir,” and the pair enjoyed an unreasonably warm relationship. Although the Queen has issued some public punishments over the years – stripping Andrew of HRH and military titles amid rape allegations, rumors of firing from her official duties following the BBC’s failure, in response to tabloid photos of one of her trade-messenger titles Repeal of Epstein’s Journey – At least, Dampier believes the Queen would have welcomed her back into the fold if she was younger. And maybe if said heir wasn’t in her ear, she reportedly lobbied for Andrew to be taken out of the picture.
After the Duke takes the lead at Prince Philip’s memorial At the service in March – the move to escort the Queen to the center aisle at Westminster Abbey – Charles and William reportedly expressed “regret and bewilderment”. Fast forward a few months, and Andrew is conspicuously absent at the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service, thanks to a conveniently timely case of COVID-19. More than a week later, he was scheduled to make a public appearance at the Order of the Garter; His name was featured in the program. He did not show up, instead leaving for a “private lunch”. Although the Duke’s camp billed this as a “personal decision”, other royal sources called William and his father A united front was presented in front of the queen. Some claimed that William refused to attend if his uncle was there; Others said that Charles issued a firm request. In the end, Andrew sidestepped the wound.
Maybe this gives some indication of the way forward. Although the prince may follow the queen’s coffin and participate in her surveillance while in the kingdom, Herald reports that “Charles and William are expected to want the Queen’s funeral to signal the end of Andrew’s public appearances.” Even the monarch can’t take over his rule – only parliament can – but Charles now decides where his relatives want to live and what kind of salary he wants to pay. To inform notes that Andrew “signed a 75-year lease” to the Royal Lodge in 2003 and will likely have to be repaid for the millions of pounds he has sunk in renovations to move. Before his death, the Queen seemingly supplied the bulk of Andrew’s mysterious income. His The private Duchy of Lancaster proceeds – that too now falls at the discretion of Charles.
But if (or when) Andrew finds his circumstances lenient, the most likely outcome for the Duke would be life “in the royal jungle”, as in To inform Keeps. Some royal experts have speculated that kicking Andrew out will do more harm than good, allowing him to start projects like writing a book and going back to TV. Keeping him quiet and out of the public eye likely works better for them than letting him loose in the world. But when do members of the royal family ever take such decisive action, even the most extreme circumstances call for it? Their whole deal is going on in silence. Prince Andrew could be “prestigious toast” as media lawyer Mark Stephens pointed out daily mail, and he will “never appear on the royal balcony again”, but I personally doubt that he and his awesome teddy-bear collection are staying where they belong. Here’s hoping we hear less about them.