It feels like it happened years ago, but Prince Andrew’s catastrophic BBC Newsnight interview was only eleven months ago. Post-interview, his first instinct was to simply weather the storm. That was the Queen’s first instinct too, to circle the wagons and protect Andrew at all costs. Then Prince Charles put his foot down and told his mother that she had to fire her favorite child. So Andrew was allowed to voluntarily “step down” from royal duties. Within a month, Andrew and the Queen were already plotting his big return to public life though. If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, I’m sure Princess Beatrice’s wedding would have been his big re-introduction to royal life and royal work. He is, after all, his mummy’s favorite and that tone-deaf petty B will do anything for him. So, big surprise, it sounds like Andrew is once again trying to convince people that he should “come back.”
Prince Andrew, he of the less-than masterful judgment and not-so astute reading of the public mood, has a splendid new idea: his big comeback! According to reports in The Sunday Times, the disgraced prince who argued in his disastrous television interview that he couldn’t have been having sex with alleged Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre because he was eating pizza, intends to return to public duties and “serve his country” again, and thinks he has the queen’s backing.
The Royalist humbly suggests that even in the unlikely event that the 94-year old monarch has not brutally and explicitly shut down her son’s fantasy, the real power at Buckingham Palace these days, Prince Charles, would allow the return of Prince Andrew in only one circumstance—over his dead body.
Yet The Sunday Times reports that friends of Andrew, 60, are briefing that he is determined to “support the monarchy” and resume a “public role,” via some tactical “reframing” and say that he has the support of the palace in that quest (the palace denied any such thing, just FYI.)
The unnamed friend told The Sunday Times: “The duke is spending time working out how he can serve his country and support the monarchy in the future, and what else he might want to do with his life. He’s locked down at Royal Lodge [his home on the queen’s Windsor estate], thinking about his future service and public role. He has some clear thoughts. He’s very sensitive to the public mood and acutely conscious that the public are the most important stakeholder. He feels he has support from the family, very much so, including all his siblings and his parents.”
Given that in July, Andrew wasn’t even included in his own daughter Princess Beatrice’s official wedding photographs and that this month, it was reported that the Balmoral gift shop has stopped selling postcards bearing his image, one can almost hear the hollow laughter ringing down the halls of Buckingham Palace at that last claim.
“The toxicity of his reputation is that he is indelibly associated with Epstein, and he cannot shed that reputation,” a palace source, crashing back to earth, told The Sunday Times. “The queen has a soft spot for Andrew, but the Prince of Wales and Prince William will have a bigger say and I can’t see the royal family allowing him a return to any kind of public role.
“No charity, brand or business would touch him and the military want him out. What public role can there be? He must come to terms with being a private member of the royal family, though that will crush him. His best bet would be to go and manage one of the royal estates, while quietly doing some volunteering.”
The fact that the original piece appeared in the Times says, to me, that this is coming from official channels. It also says that there are warring factions in the House of Windsor about this, and the fight is not between Andrew and the Queen. Petty Betty and the Pervert Prince are on the same side, and she wants him to “come back.” It’s Prince Charles putting up the fight and shutting it down. This is Liz and Andy’s way of “softening” the public to what they believe will be Andrew’s eventual re-emergence into public life. If Charles had his way, he would put his brother on an ice floe and set him out on the North Atlantic. Also: William, I’m sure, is incandescent with rage, but would the Petulant Prince actually scream and stomp his feet at his rapist uncle? Hm.
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