Could Prince Andrew's time as a royal be done for good?
Earlier this week, the dad-of-two was sued by Virginia Roberts, who claimed that he raped her when she was 17 years old.
“Even without the spectre of a two-year legal battle, Andrew remains a distinctly objectionable figure on the periphery of an establishment whose very survival depends on the popularity of its members," expert Camilla Tominey claimed. “Ultimately, the decision won't even be Charles' when he becomes king. If his subjects don't want the grand old Duke of York back in the royal fold, he's finished.”
Prince Charles also believes that his brother won't be able to make a comeback. “Even his brother Prince Charles, mindful of the collateral damage caused by the scandal, cannot see a way back for him in the Royal Family," she claimed. “The heir to the throne believes that – whatever the outcome of the civil claim for damages brought by Ms. Giuffre – he still poses a reputational risk if he returns to public life.”
“He has long ago concluded that it is probably an unsolvable problem," a source said. “This will probably further strengthen in the prince's mind that a way back for the duke is demonstrably not possible, because the spectre of this raises its head with hideous regularity.”
It's been reported that Charles and his oldest son are nervous for what's to come.
“First and foremost, [Prince] Charles and [Prince] William are united; there will never be a return to public life for Andrew," a source said, The Mirror reported. “This has only been compounded with the lawsuit lodged this week. But they, along with members, are undoubtedly increasingly concerned about the affect all of this turmoil could have on the Queen."
The insider continued, “She has been through a great deal over many, many recent months and this is once again a most unwelcome distraction. The family also have serious and growing doubts about the way such serious allegations have been dealt with by Andrew and his legal team, who seem to be at complete odds with one another on how to respond. Andrew has told them the latest developments could take years to resolve which has done nothing to settle the feeling of alarm.”