Prince Andrew’s ‘arrogance’ is to blame for his ‘lapses in judgment’ apparently

Before Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre reached a financial settlement in her lawsuit against him, there was a tabloid story which I really believed. The story was that Prince Charles was trying to get Andrew in line and tell him some hard truths about what Andrew’s life would be like. This was after Andrew was stripped of his royal patronages, in late January. Basically, Charles was like: stop being seen in public, stop waving to paparazzi, stop being seen out and about in daytime hours, act like you have the good sense God gave a goose. I bring this up because A) I believed that Charles really did that and B) because Andrew was only able to stay with that program for about a month. Andrew is already back to driving around, riding horses at Great Windsor Park, getting pap’d and all of that. I’m sure he’s partly convinced that he will be able to launch a comeback too. All of which speaks to his arrogance. Speaking of:

Almost 40 years ago, Prince Andrew was being celebrated as a war hero by both his family and the public. Today, his reputation is in tatters. When he returned from the U.K.’s war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982, Andrew was third in line to the throne and had the world at his feet. Now ninth in line to the throne, he was stripped in January of his military titles and royal responsibilities, a shocking downfall capping a two-year public scandal that exposed his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

On Feb. 15 Andrew settled a sexual assault civil case filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre. (Andrew, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, said in a statement announcing his settlement that he “regrets his association with Epstein.”) With the announcement of his settlement, there is no way back to public life for the disgraced royal.

Often seen as a confident, outgoing foil to his introspective and sensitive older brother Prince Charles, Andrew appeared to have all the characteristics needed for a successful life in the royal spotlight. But he never was able to find his footing after his naval career ended. Working as an ambassador for British trade, he was decried as overbearing and bossy by numerous colleagues.

“One of the Queen’s great qualities is she never gets carried away with the fact that she’s one of the best-known people in the world,” a royal insider says in the new issue of PEOPLE Royals. “She has this natural modesty and no great wish to be a public figure; she is more interested in doing the job.”

In contrast, the source adds, “[Andrew’s] success as a naval officer reinforced his natural belief in himself, and his judgment lapses at times. He has an arrogance that hasn’t served him well.”

[From People]

The thing that bugs me about these quotes is that royal sources are speaking as if Andrew’s biggest problem is a flawed character as opposed to the fact that he was a willing participant in a human trafficking operation conducted by two of his close friends, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Yes, Andrew’s arrogance is notable. He was so arrogant, he thought he could accept trafficked women as “gifts” from his friends. He was so arrogant, he thought he could lie about it and everyone would believe him. He was so arrogant, he thought mummy would fix everything and he would still get to keep his shiny medals and golf club memberships. But… he’s actually a degenerate rapist and human trafficker, you know? There are plenty of arrogant people who don’t do crimes. There are plenty of humble people who do terrible things. And I don’t understand the weird character comparison to the Queen. Oh, the Queen is modest, she’s so much better than Arrogant Andrew! She still paid off his rape victim and she’s still paying Andrew’s legal fees, who gives a sh-t if the Queen is modest (sidenote: she’s not modest).

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  1. MoBiMom says:

    Thank you!! Remarkable how deeply embedded the misogyny is.

  2. InVain says:

    Aahhh, yes. White men and their excusable arrogance. That’s the only issue here.

  3. Jan says:

    The Queen is so modest that she walks around wearing jewelry worth millions of £s because she is force to.
    Her modesty also prevents her from using a wheelchair.

    • Cessily says:

      The queen is guilty of a lot, why do they always give her a free pass? She is the Queen so all of this so it all begins with her. I have no sympathy for any of them.

      • Chris says:

        The reason is that she has been around so long that most people only know her as an old woman and we always assume little old ladies are modest, even when they live in massive castles and have hundreds of staff who exist solely to cater to their every whim. And moreso, because she just doesn’t actually say much, people are all to happy to buy into whatever nonsense they’re fed by the royal rota, who likely don’t know them any better than the average person does.

  4. Crowhood says:

    He should live on the great pacific garbage patch.

  5. jais says:


  6. Cessily says:

    He should in a cell along with Maxwell.

  7. Seaflower says:

    As soon as I saw a story about A going to the PP memorial service, I knew the push to move back into public life would be on.

  8. Mslove says:

    Sure, let’s pair Andy with the Cambridges, they can be the new fab 3!

  9. tw says:

    I’m glad Liz lived long enough to see the disgrace and downfall of the monarchy.

  10. Margaret says:

    I recall commenting that he would be at the memorial, and at the jubbly, and several commentrrs disagreed. Hate say I told you so, but I told you so. Smile it’s just the nature of the beast.

  11. Jane says:

    YES. QEII is NOT modest. Prince A is sitting in a palatial home with millions in security, a Bentley and a Rover and Saville Row suits and has tea with the sovereign. Prince Harry has a villa halfway around the world worth a fraction of Prince A’s house, has to pay for his life and is blocked from coming home. All because rape is ok to QEII but criticizing her isn’t.

  12. Merricat says:

    When the queen dies, so does Andrew’s protection.

  13. Scorpion says:

    Lmao, NonceyDrew shares the same arrogance as his nephew Baldilocks!

    Always remember the old adage: pride cometh before a fall!

  14. MaryContrary says:

    It’s because he was an officer in the Navy-that’s what made him arrogant? Wow. That’s some spin.

  15. Julia K says:

    I’ve posted before of my belief that the royal family, especially Charles, knows a whole lot more about Andrew’s sexual behavior, and finds it very believable that he assaulted Virginia, thus the urge to settle. He is no choir boy, and it would be easy to believe that this is not the first time a payout was made with a NDA. Being removed from public life now is just the very last straw. Not only is Andrew arrogant, but also the family that was complicit in looking the other way . Lapses in judgement all around.

  16. Bec says:

    Once liberalism (as in democracy) overtakes monarchy as the form of government in a country, royals are essentially just wealthy (albeit more educated, well-traveled) celebrities.

    Philanthropy doesn’t affect the average citizen the way a being governed by a monarchist government does.

    The question is, what could Charles and Will possibly do at this point to make the monarchy relevant for the next hundred years?

    All I can see is, sell off most of the properties or put them in trust and open to the public; and require all royals other than the sitting king/queen to be self-funded other than when carrying out business on behalf of the crown (i.e., business trips reimbursed, housing and staff and vacations self-paid).

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I have to disagree with this: “royals are essentially just wealthy (albeit more educated, well-traveled) celebrities.” Some celebrities are very well-educated, traveled, and accomplished. The royals tend to be under-educated (and QEII is, in my opinion, UN-educated).