Andrew, Duke of York, has always been a bit too much to handle ever since his "Randy Andy" days, but his association with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein keeps getting worse year after year. It is also becoming a prime issue for the British monarchy...
"It isn’t possible for the royals to move forward when it is unclear if there will be future material about this issue made public," veteran royal and cinema commentator Richard Fitzwilliams exclusively tells The Royal Observer.
"Andrew has lost all his patronages, the use of his HRH, and has stepped down from royal duties," he adds. "However, the ceaseless feed of material involving him and the deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and also the convicted childcare trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has been very embarrassing for the royal family."
Andrew's associations with Epstein had long been known and reported for years, but it was his November 2019 sit-down tell-all with Emily Maitlis that sent the palace gates slamming shut behind him. The BBC Newsnight interview was an unmitigated disaster on the pampered prince's part, who was frequently caught with his proverbial hands in the cookie jar by Maitlis.
As a result of the public outcry after the interview, Queen Elizabeth II stripped the Duke of military honors and forbade his usage of his "HRH" style in public. The late monarch also insisted that her rumored favorite child was seen at virtually zero major public events. But the royal analyst insists that even these rare outings where the Duke pops up are likely on the chopping block in King Charles III's monarchy.
"Two films on television will shortly be shown depicting his unbelievable interview, which will remind millions of his callous imbecility," Fitzwilliams continues. "Unless it’s a funeral or memorial service, it’s probably best he doesn’t appear. That may well apply to the St Mary Magdalene church appearance on Christmas Day, though probably not to a private service earlier."
Insofar as any type of "image rehabilitation" for the eighth in line to the throne is concerned, the expert adds how there are just far too many controversies attached to the 63-year-old royal for this to work.
"That photograph has never been explained," Fitzwilliams observes when pointing out the infamous Andrew/Virginia Giuffre image from 2001 that shows the prince with his arm around his 17-year-old accuser.
The royal commentator concludes: "Andrew has no public support at all. He is too bovine to see that some humility might help him, as, of course, he denies all accusations, and he has not been convicted of anything."
This insight follows reports suggesting that Charles III and the other senior royals have "socially outcasted" the Duke of York in the wake of the bombshell Epstein document dump.