Oh, good: Prince Andrew is in business with an accused serial sexual harasser

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Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay has spent most of his royal-coverage days focusing on Prince William, Prince Charles, Harry, Meghan, Kate and Rose Hanbury. So it’s super-curious that someone – likely Charles – gave Kay the nod for this story about Prince Andrew. Apparently, Andrew has set up a new business venture, but it’s not really a “venture” as much as it’s a shell company meant to hide Andrew’s income, because he apparently has income??? And not only that, but Andrew is now “in business” with a serial sexual harasser named Harry Keogh.

The Duke of York has unsuitable friends: [As Prince Andrew] continues the battle to restore his reputation in the sordid scandal that erupted after paedophile Epstein’s suicide in 2019 and Maxwell’s arrest last year on sex trafficking charges, it emerged that he had quietly set up a company with a disgraced banker accused of sexual harassment. Harry Keogh had a stellar career at Coutts, the Queen’s bank, until his resignation three years ago after he was accused of touching a female colleague inappropriately and boasting about his sexual exploits. Yesterday sources close to Andrew strenuously defended both the arrangement and Keogh, whom they described as a ‘long-time friend and adviser’ to the duke and his ‘private banker for some 20 years’…The sources also insist the two men have ‘not gone into business together’ and that the company is dormant.

Andrew simply attracts the grossest people: The troubling question that persists, however, is how a man whose behaviour was said to be so toxic some female staff refused to work with him — among the complaints were claims of ‘lewd comments, heavy drinking and unwanted physical contact’ — was able to remain such an established figure in Prince Andrew’s life.

What is this “business”? Setting the alleged conduct of Mr Keogh aside, the details of this commercial project reveal so much about Andrew’s grandiosity and his vanity. The venture, formed last June to be a vehicle for Andrew’s family investments, is named Lincelles, after an obscure 18th-century battle against the French in which the British forces were commanded by the Duke of York…. The firm has been structured as an unlimited company for privacy reasons, meaning it is not required to file accounts with Companies House and can avoid disclosing profits, losses or income. The downside is that shareholders are personally liable if it cannot pay its debts. Andrew controls 75 per cent of the business through the Urramoor Trust with Keogh listed as a fellow controller.

Andrew & public perception: There is, of course, no reason why the two men should not be collaborating on such ventures — apart from one. And this is crucial: public perception. At a time when the prince is desperate to rebuild his royal stature and return to official duties, he appears to be thumbing his nose at critics by entering into a commercial enterprise with someone whose own reputation is under as intense a spotlight as his own. Barely a week has passed since Andrew was driven from his father Prince Philip’s funeral in a £220,000 Bentley Flying Spur complete with personal number plate.

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, I obviously don’t understand the ins and outs of British business structures and tax shelters and all of that, but sure, I’ll buy that this whole thing is shady. The business partner thing is shady. The business partner being an absolute creepy and serial harasser is shady. The fact that Andrew has untold, undeclared and tax-free investments and income from *somewhere* is shady. And I’m also stuck on the fact that this “venture” apparently began last June and it’s only coming out now? Why is Charles trying to kneecap his brother right at this very moment? Doesn’t Charles have bigger problems? Ahem, the Middletons are off the leash, Chaz, pay attention.

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  1. lanne says:

    But Meghan…existing…

    • Tour-malin says:

      Very hands on lesson for William on how to treat your own spare:
      Step 1: Smear him in the press.
      Step 2: Let the press smear him with their own terms (Andrew’s grandiosity and vanity)
      Step 3: Pretend that it wasn’t the heir, that critism are just and you and only you are the real Royal, saviour of the nation, cure for COVID, you name it…

      I think in the last four years William was learning on the job.

      • LaraK says:

        I think William expected Harry to be like Andrew – a ne’er do well spare who always screws up and takes the blame for everything because he’s otherwise worthless. But Harry got his act together, cleaned up, got to work and became the favorite royal all on his own. Then he married this awesome, hard working woman. And then he walked out! The gall!
        William is screwed and he knows it.

      • Talia says:

        Though Andrew deserves this treatment, doesn’t he…? 🤔

      • Elizabeth says:

        I mean Andrew IS a total mess though. He’s not like Harry. He’s constantly grubbing for money, accused of rape, his wife is a mess, I mean Charles doesn’t have to do much. Andrew does all the work for him.

  2. Heat says:

    Birds of a feather, Andy…

  3. Courtney B says:

    Charles is slowly tightening the screws. He just took over one of Andrew’s patronages too. Lol

    • terra says:

      This.

      Andrew is desperately trying to crawl his way back into public life – and back onto the public payroll – and Charles isn’t having it.

      You can fault Charles for a lot, but at least he seems to know what we do: that his brother is scum.

    • equality says:

      As somebody pointed out on Twitter though, there wasn’t a big deal of it made in the BM. The change was just noted on the royal website. You can bet if/when anybody takes over H&M’s patronages, there will be news about it for weeks to gloat.

      • terra says:

        @equality, Charles is likely moving quietly on the Andrew issue because he doesn’t want to have to hear from Mummy about him mistreating her precious baby boy.

        (I thought about wording that a bit more eloquently, but I decided, nope, infantile language is exactly what this situation calls for. Oh, royalty . . . why are you?)

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Like I said before, Charles knows more than he lets on, and is simply biding his time, then making a move when the time is right. I bet he plays one hell of a game of chess. This article is a perfect example and I agree 100% with Kaiser. Charles gave the ok. Andy trying to outflank Charles and wiggle his way back in? Not today
      Not a fan of Charles by any stretch, but I think it’s crazy to underestimate him.

  4. Cecilia says:

    What is that? An HRH making money? But i thought that that was one of the biggest sins in life? That it was unroyal? As for why charles might give the go ahead for this story (if he did). Maybe andrew has been growing extremely bold bts. In the week of prince philips funeral we’ve all seen how he was trying to make a comeback. Maybe this was prince charles’ way of reminding him that he is still loathed

    • The Hench says:

      That is exactly the line the article I read in the Times took – ie that Andrew used the funeral to start trying to make a comeback, that he was desperate to return and that Charles is absolutely set against it and blocking him.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Maybe Charles hasn’t responded to the Middletons because Andrew is making a serious power play behind the scenes and he’s caught up with that?

    Richard Kay is an interesting one though. Is he the one who wrote the extreme response to the rural rivals story, or was that Eden? (the one about how they weren’t even really friends at all, they just hung out once in a while, but William was so upset over the insinuation that they weren’t friends anymore that he was considering legal action, even though they weren’t really friends, nothing to see here folks, nothing to see). And then I know he was one of the responses to Tatler – who wrote an article supposedly defending Kate but also repeating the Tatler story basically verbatim. It definitely seems like he’s happy enough to be the royals stenographer but every once in a while he yanks their chain so they know that he knows the real deal.

    Anyway, all that to say that I do think this story was sanctioned by….someone. He’s very clear to state that Andrew isn’t acting illegally, its just….shady. and public perception. and the price tag of the bentley. Careful Andrew, next thing you know they’ll be including the number of bathrooms at Royal Lodge in every article!

    • Sofia says:

      It was Kay who did the Tatler rebuttal. Can’t remember who did the Rose rebuttal.

      • Cecilia says:

        Kay did both. He is the one that did the most with the rose story prompting people to pay attention to it. Because if he hadn’t been so dramatic that story would have gone under the radar. Was also one of the people defending kate after that tatler article. Claiming that as future kween. Kitty just wanted to advise meghan but like the big bully meg is she rejected her advice and made kate cry. He also claimed that kate wasn’t tired

    • The Hench says:

      Mmm. Interesting – I like the theory that Charles is currently busy kneecapping Andrew’s shenanigans and will get round to the Middletons in good course. Certainly someone must have leaked the Andrew story – it’s not the kind of thing that floats across reporters’ desks randomly.

    • serena says:

      I think he’s letting Bill handling that, since it’s his wife’s family, or they have some sort of agreement on that -let’s see how long it stands.

      I’m glad he’s trying to squash Andrew though, he’s a disgusting creep and needs to hide forever.

  6. Eleonor says:

    How astonishing…said no one.

  7. Ainsley7 says:

    Charles has never really been able to control the Middletons. There were some power moves around Charlotte’s christening that shut them up for a bit. Like Charles arranging for the sermon to be about knowing your place. Hence Kate crying in the photos. Will’s affair put an end to that though. He doesn’t have anything that doesn’t make him look just as bad. Uncle Gary shut up because the Middletons made deals with the press not to cover him. Otherwise, we would have been hearing from him constantly. So, the only thing he can do is shift focus. Stamping out Andrew’s return to public life seems as good a pivot as any.

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    Charles looks like Humpty Dumpty in these pics.

  9. Lily P says:

    Surely if there was an inch of common sense in creep he wouldn’t go into business with someone so dodgy. Equally I’m thankful for his continued ability to show his true colours and dig his own grave. Keep digging.

    • Alexandria says:

      It’s not about common sense but more like the UK public lets him and the Queen get away with this and others due to apathy and the media narrative. This dude still keeps 95 percent of his perks. He just had to step down as a working royal. Compare that to HM. Tiring.

    • Eating Popcorn says:

      Except serial sexual predators/harassers think they do nothing wrong (see Andrew’s interview) That’s why it seems so common sensical to us but these two don’t have a clue.

  10. Sofia says:

    Charles has taken one of Andrew’s patronages so that combined with this news makes me think that Charles is trying to make sure Andrew doesn’t come back to public life.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    I’m not buying that Charles wants to kneecap Andrew. This story first came out in the Times of London and the journalist who wrote about the story find out this info by accident. He was investigating something else. I don’t believe Charles is so put off by Andrew as some people think.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think Charles really dislikes Andrew, but I think he kind of always has. I don’t think he’s like “oh well I thought you were the bees knees before but now with this Epstein thing, I just can’t be around you.” I think he’s never really liked him so this is just an excuse to sideline him.

    • Sid says:

      I wonder if part of Charles’s reluctance to really go after Andrew might be the fact that he has own ties to gross sex offenders and there’s always the worry that Andrew might try to rile that up in the media in retaliation for anything Charles tries to do to him.

  12. Myra says:

    The British Royal Family brand, ladies and gentlemen. He still has his HRH and uses it, still retains his military titles and royal patronages, and gets taxpayer-funded security all while maintaining links to traffickers, perverts and paedophiles.

    • Cessily says:

      I hope more people see the project veritas video, maybe then they will start seeing everything that is really happening. PA associates with scum because he is scum…

      • Jais says:

        The fact that he wasn’t stripped of his military titles and Harry was? Just what?

      • Betsy says:

        I’m not watching Project Veritas about anything. They’re documented liars.

      • Cessily says:

        @betsy I was not aware of that and did not mean to offend you. Apologies

      • Elizabeth says:

        Project Veritas is Republican propaganda (and very dirty, shady, bottom-feeder propaganda at that). Are you sure you mean them?

      • Cessily says:

        @elizabeth yes it was an open mic clip of an ABC anchor discussing the story being silenced three years ago by someone higher up in ABC and how frustrated and mad she was. It sure looked like it was legitimate. It’s an anchor I recognized but I don’t remember her name(which for me is pretty normal)
        I certainly did not mean to disgust or offend anyone.

    • serena says:

      I’m disgusted.

  13. Bex says:

    Richard Kay is William’s mouthpiece. He’s the one who wrote the Rose Hanbury affair denials (that somehow blamed Meghan) and is extremely pro-William.

  14. Izzy says:

    Birds of a feather… Either Chuck greenlit this story because he’s seeing and feeling some of the heat from the shabby treatment of the Sussexes, or William did because he’s terrified the Rotten Rota are getting closer to revealing his affair. You know, the one everyone knows about except pretends not to.

  15. Eurydice says:

    Andrew isn’t thumbing his nose – it’s just that his “moral compass” is based on “Mummy loves me, I can do whatever I want.” People other than the RF are just wallpaper to him – not real, just a set dressing.

  16. aquarius64 says:

    The BRF will have a lot to worry about when Gigi Maxwell goes on trial this summer. The US Dept. of Justice is on fire now. Multiple investigations into policing. FOUR HUNDRED people charged in the US Capitol riot. Rudy is raided. A good indicator that AG Garrland and SDNY don’t give a flip about royal rank.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Biden won’t touch the BRF. After Harry and Meghan’s interview, he made sure to emphasize it wouldn’t impact his diplomatic relations with England.

      Also if you’ll notice, none of the Trumps has been affected. The real criminals.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Elizabeth, it’s early days yet. I think there are investigations going on and nothing will be done until the DOJ have their ducks in a row. The fact that they want to use RICO for January 6th and hired an attorney who has a history of prosecuting those cases successfully speaks volumes to me.

      • aquarius64 says:

        POTUS doesn’t control the DOJ although it is under the executive branch of government. SDNY hasn’t dropped wanting to question Andrew.

  17. Curious says:

    the queen will make sure Andrew/Edward is well taken care off after her death. she knows Charles plans already .who knows she might also help Harry in her Will. since Charles is only going to follow the line of the heir.Harry will not be in Charles plans. Andrew will still have a good life. his lease on the royal lodge is 75 yrs ,he might extend it ,and pass the lease to his daughters.its a huge place the sisters can live there together. Prince Edward leased his home for 50 yrs then he extended the lease to 150 yrs for 5 million. Princess Royal owns her place. she already is half way letting her son Peter take over, so just in case there will be no inheritance taxes upon her death.i am sure Zara and her husband will continue living there. charles can’t touch them.

  18. Jumpingthesnark says:

    So all of this is shady as hell and likely unethical. I would argue totally in brand fir the BRF, considering how they have accumulated their wealth over time.
    What they don’t like, and what is anathema to the English class structure is…. working for a living. So déclassé Dahling!
    It’s another part of why the BRF and RR are so pressed about Megan and Harry’s work now. Their work seems above board and they are supporting themselves. The RR and little Englanders clutch their pearls in horror!

  19. serena says:

    Of course he would have multiple sex-offenders as ‘long-time friends’. Disgusting.
    I don’t agree nor like Charles for a whole lot of stuff, but I’m glad he’s trying to expose Andrew. He shouldn’t even try to come back to the public life, nor should he have any kind of business tbh, but crawl back in shame and thank the Queen he’s not in prison.

  20. Liz version 700 says:

    Just one?

  21. Athena says:

    Andrew has been friends with this guy for a while, there’s some old story about him putting business his way back when he was Trade Ambassador.
    What annoys me about this family is that all the wealth is with the heir, which is fine if that’s how they want to operate, but they also go out of their way to prevent the spares from earning a living. Look at what they tried to do to Harry, cut him of financially and then had a fit when he signed deals with Netflix and Spotify in order to earn a living. If they could have they would have stopped those deals.
    Charles will totally cut Andrew off financially once the queen is gone and will try to block any attempts Andrew make to support himself. You can’t have it both ways.
    Fergie was given $5M settlement when she divorced Andrew, it’s sounds like a lot of money and more than most of us have but it really isn’t. She had no real skills to go out and earn a living and $5M would not support her for the rest of her life no matter how well invested. I think had Fergie been giving an adequate settlement there would not have been a need for friendship with Epstein.
    The pettiness and shortsightedness leads to more and more issues. This information put out about Andrew make the BRF look bad. This is the absolutely worse family.

    • Concern Fae says:

      Co-signed. Charles has been talking about shrinking the monarchy since the 80s, because I remember it from my Diana era BRF following. But he doesn’t seem willing to face the real problem. How do redundant royals support themselves? Their aristocratic peers don’t work and are supported by family, either having a trust fund or living a luxe but cash poor existence in family owned properties. Charles has closed off this option by being personally very miserly and unwilling to face reality. The fact that anything the royals do invites press scrutiny and outrage also limits just setting up the sorts of trust funds normal insanely wealthy families do.

      This leaves the non-working royals stuck gritting and running in very dodgy circles trying to support themselves.

      The whole ‘we’re just like you’ branding has worked in many, many ways, but the reality is, they need to be able to publicly admit how wealthy they are, especially when in comes to being able to support non working family members.

      One of the real shames is that Harry is showing a way out. The tragedy is that none of the others have the charisma, character, or work ethic to follow in his path.

    • Elizabeth says:

      No no no. I am not buying that. $5 million was nothing to sneeze at even for a royal divorce. It’s insufficient if all you do is buy expensive crap all day, sure, which is Fergie’s problem. The English royals have lots of less wealthy relatives, they just don’t have to buy Swiss lodges and so on like Fergie and Andrew. Fergie has talked about her difficulties with money: basically she just has no budget or conception of a budget and she wants everything she sees. And she thinks she should be a celebrity and keep up an unattainable lifestyle. Does not work.

      And using that as an excuse for her friendship with a pedophile, no. Just no.

      • The Recluse says:

        With smart investments, Fergie could have been set for years…YEARS.
        But she wanted a lifestyle and blew her money chasing luxury. Any of us could have lived quite nicely on that money and likely for the rest of our lives with some common sense.

    • Sid says:

      Fergie just seems greedy like her sort-of-ex and has bad money management skills. Beside the divorce settlement, she has taken on tons of endorsement deals over the years. Where has that money gone? Leaving the BRF meant that she should have accepted that a lifestyle downgrade was necessary. Her seeming unwillingness to do that played a part in her money troubles.

  22. Pamuk says:

    Why now? Cause andy is camped out with mummy and trying to get back into royal duties, this is Charles warning him to think again.

  23. Emily_C says:

    Kneecapping Andrew is the most important thing for the royal family to do by a long shot. Andrew’s a rapist and, apparently, doing illegal business of some kind. That is actually a bigger deal than Will and Kate’s whining.