Prince Andrew caused a stir when he posted a since-deleted message about his time in the Falklands war via his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson's Instagram.
"The Duke of York’s bizarre decision to try to bolster his own image by waffling on about his Falklands war experiences on his ex-wife’s Instagram account and also use the HRH title that has been stripped from him to sign off was an odd move," royal author Robert Jobson stated. "I remember well his bravery in that conflict 40 years ago. He showed death-defying courage in a war that claimed the lives of many brave young men. I remember his triumphant return too, the picture of the single rose in his mouth. Yes, for him they were better times for the then-dashing young prince and serviceman.”
Jobson was confused why he would make this kind of commotion — especially since he has stayed out of the public eye since he settled his sexual abuse lawsuit with Virginia Roberts earlier this year. “But quite what he was trying to achieve by reminding everyone of them I don’t know. It was weird. It made the duke look more than a little desperate for public recognition," Jobson said. "He needs, in truth, to lay low for now. Any rehabilitation, whilst unlikely, will take time. Personally, I doubt it is possible. He, despite the multi-million dollar pay off to his sex case accuser Virginia Guiffre, still believes he is innocent but circumstances meant he could not clear his name. Millions of others, due to his awful TV appearance with Emily Maitlis and his association with evil sex offender Epstein, believe he is damned."
He continued, "His ramblings about the Falklands — where we accept he fought with courage — shows how out of touch he is. He seems clueless about what people really think of him these days — a far cry from those days as the handsome and feted naval officer and pilot. It is unclear if this was a shameless comeback pitch or a last hurrah — by reminding people that he was once a war hero. But a return to public life for the 62-year-old is not on the palace agenda and it won't."
The father-of-two also signed his message, writing, "HRH, Duke of York," which also left people confused, as he was stripped of that title in January.