The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, faces the possibility of a permanent exit from royal life, following renewed attention to his connections with the late Jeffery Epstein. An explosive list from a recent release, which details Epstein’s associates, has rekindled scrutiny over Prince Andrew, citing his name 69 times.
Peter Hunt, LBC’s royal correspondent, suggests that the royal family is now dealing with a surge of negativity due to these revelations. He believes that any chances of Prince Andrew’s reintegration into royal duties have been dashed, especially in light of these recent developments. This comes as a setback since the Duke had recently appeared with the royal family for a Christmas church service, indicating a potential rehabilitation.
Hunt expressed skepticism about Prince Andrew’s future with the royal family, comparing the likelihood of his return to his own chances of becoming a world-renowned figure skater. He also questioned the judgment behind Prince Andrew’s public appearance with the family during the Christmas service.
These developments trace back to a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre accused Maxwell of trafficking her to Epstein and Prince Andrew. Although the Prince settled the lawsuit with Giuffre in a substantial financial agreement, the fallout continues to affect the royal family as the allegations periodically resurface.