Weekend Reads Prince Andrew Could Be ‘Canceled’ Under King Charles
The simple reason Meghan Markle was on a different balcony to Kate Middleton at Remembrance Sunday event
Find out why the Duchess of Sussex stood on a different balcony to Kate Middleton and the Queen at the Remembrance Day event at Whitehall, London on SundayThe Queen was joined by members of the royal family as she attended the Remembrance Sunday service at Whitehall, London. And while Her Majesty watched proceedings from a balcony alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, some questioned why the Duchess of Sussex was not stood alongside the royal trio.
Prince Andrew has always been his mother’s favorite child, and the defiant messaging from Buckingham Palace on Monday—as the dust settled on Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview, and an allegation was made thatin a meeting with a Foreign Office official—was that he retained the full confidence of the monarch.
A senior royal source told the: “His Royal Highness has the backing of the Queen and his close family, they believe in him totally and think he has shown strength for telling the truth and admitting errors he has made. There is no question of him being ordered to reduce his duties. He wants to get on with his job. He has told the truth, in detail.”
Katy Perry Joins Prince Charles At Charity Event In Mumbai
Katy Perry is joining forces with Prince Charles for a good cause. Ahead of her performance at the OnePlus Music Festival in Mumbai, India on Saturday, the singer, 35, joined the royal at a meeting for the British Asian Trust. The Prince of Wales’ official Twitter page shared photos from their time together with the following caption: "The Prince of Wales attended a meeting of the British Asian Trust in Mumbai today... Katy Perry had heard about the work of the Trust and joined other supporters to learn more about this important work.
There was careful briefing on how Andrew reportedly spoke to the Queen at a church service on Sunday, describing the interview as a “great success.” To demonstrate her nonchalance, she kept calm and carried on with a horseback ride in Windsor Great Park.
Video: Decoding Prince Andrew’s Interview (from ET Canada)
However one person who was less likely to accept Andrew’s positive spin over the interview was, who touched down Monday morning in New Zealand for a royal tour which looks set to be completely overshadowed by the controversy over Andrew.
Prince Andrew’s tell-all interview about Jeffrey Epstein didn’t go so great
Patricia Treble: That sound you hear is the heads of palace officials repeatedly hitting their desks. He answered all of Maitlis’s questions, but a constant refrain of “no, no” and “I don’t recollect” didn’t help his cause. Did he remember Virginia Roberts, who has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her while she was underage, including once in London at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew’s longtime friend and Epstein’s girlfriend? “It didn’t happen. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.
“Charles’ jealous streak is well known,” one friend of the family told The Daily Beast, “I can’t imagine he’ll be anything less than absolutely bloody furious about this.”
“Charles does not want to inherit a crown that has been tarnished, scratched, and dented by a fresh round of scandals," said royal writer Christopher Andersen, author of the best-selling Diana’s Boys.
“Once he is king, he will almost certainly read Andrew the riot act, if he hasn’t already, strip him of many of his duties and responsibilities, and put him under the royal equivalent of might loosely be described as house arrest—a life of unlimited luxury and pomp, of course, but under the reign of Charles III, the Duke of York’s freedom to pursue his personal appetites will be significantly curtailed.”
Of course, Charles was all smiles as he undertook his first official engagements of the New Zealand tour.
Why Britain's Queen Elizabeth had to let Prince Andrew go
It should have been a day of joy for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were marking their 72nd wedding anniversary. Prince Andrew's lack of regret over associating with a convicted sex offender was one thing, but it was his apparent lack of empathy for the victims that has drawn the most criticism. The onslaught from the British media was unrelenting, while numerous organizations distanced themselves from the prince and his charitable efforts.
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, who has always recognized the danger of wayward peripheral members of the family to himself and the institution, it does at least show the wisdom of the future king for the ruthless way in which he disinherited Andrew and his children in 2012, cutting them out of the inner circle of royalty very publicly by forbidding their presence on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
The author and royal biographer Penny Junor, who is close to Charles and Camilla, told The Daily Beast that, as king, Charles would be unlikely to do anything dramatic, such as stripping Andrew of his HRH status, partly for fear of drawing yet more attention to his troublesome brother.
“That would be pretty unthinkable,” she said. “However it’s perfectly possible that he might not be given too many royal jobs and engagements. But his family do think that he is innocent of the underlying charge.”
Prince Andrew is now a royal without a role. But who is paying?
Prince Andrew's decision to step back from public duties begs a question: What does a Prince without a royal role actually do? And, more importantly for British taxpayers: Who pays for it? The answer: No one knows for sure. Prince Andrew, whose royal title is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and a brother of Prince Charles. He is also the first royal to step down since Edward VIII abdicated over his relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936.
Undeniably, Charles’s assessment that having Andrew involved in the inner circle of family was of no benefit to The Firm has been proved absolutely spot on. This crisis would be much, much worse for the royals if Andrew still had a senior and highly visible role.
The PR and crisis management consultant Mark Borkowski told The Daily Beast: “He hasn’t had a major role in public life since about 2011, but the reason he did this interview was to try and carry on with the little bit of public life he still has.”
Borkowski saysgives a clue as to how the walls have been steadily closing in on Andrew’s existence: “He is reliant on his status and royal connections to wander around giving people completely useless advice about business entrepreneurship.”
Borkowski says that redemption is always possible and points to the example of the disgraced politician John Profumo who was caught up in a 1960s sex scandal but then reinvented himself, working as a volunteer at, a charity in .
He became its chief fundraiser and in 1975, he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire.
But would Andrew ever have the necessary humility for such a voyage of personal betterment?
Andersen doubts it: “I’m old enough to remember covering Prince Andrew’s headline-grabbing relationship with Koo Stark and his 'Randy Andy' phase back in the early 1980’s. Nothing ever really changed.
“Andrew has been at the center of so many scandals—can we forget his ex-wife Fergie’s blatant, caught-on-tape attempt to sell access to him for $700,000?—it can’t come as that much of a surprise to the Queen or to Charles that something like the Epstein Affair would come along.”
Andersen thinks that the Queen and Charles will be angry with Andrew for once again dragging the Royal Family into a scandal, “but frankly, I don't think either of them are particularly appalled by Andrew's underlying behavior. They are appalled by the fact that he was reckless enough to get caught.
“With all the other problems going on inside The Firm right now—the rift between William and Harry, Meghan Markle's obvious unhappiness—the revelations concerning Andrew and Epstein are just tossing more gasoline on the fire. Simply put, the monarchy is starting to look a lot shakier than it did just one year ago—and Andrew's fumbled attempts at explaining away his shocking private life aren’t helping.”
Queen Elizabeth cancels Prince Andrew's 60th birthday party in wake of Epstein scandal .
Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly cancelled Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday party. Instead, according to The Times , the Queen will host a small family dinner for her son, who is set to turn 60 on Feb. 19. The decision comes after Andrew’s infamous interview with the BBC , in which he spoke about his association with now deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York has been accused of having sex with then 17-year-old Victoria Roberts (an alleged Epstein victim now known as Virginia Giuffre), which he strenuously denies. Roberts says she was forced to have sex with the prince. Epstein died by suicide in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Prince Charles is trying to FORCE Prince Andrew out of Royal Family - shock claims
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