Just the other day, Prince Andrew shocked the masses when he used ex-wife Sarah Ferguson's Instagram account to reflect on his experience serving in the Falkland War. The posts were deleted soon after, and a source spilled to The Times that the ordeal left his aides "blindsided," as they were completely "unaware" that he planned to make a social media post.
It also ruffled feathers that the father-of-two signed off his message with "HRH, Duke of York," the title that Queen Elizabeth stripped him of due to his sexual abuse lawsuit, though he wound up settling the case out of court.
Still, the situation has left people baffled.
"I am not one of those who slam Prince Andrew because it is the latest — and perhaps easiest — media target," noted author Robert Jobson. "But 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."
"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," continued Jobson. "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 author added that regardless of what Andrew does or says, his fate has already been sealed.
"A return to public life for the 62-year-old is not on the palace agenda and it won’t happen," he insisted. "Even if the Queen has forgiven her favourite son, and believes in him, powerful figures in the palace corridors haven’t. Nor have the public."