Prince Andrew can do bad all by himself!!
Despite conflicting reports that the disgraced 59-year-old’s daughter Princess Beatrice and ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson had initially encouraged him to speak out following Jeffrey Epstein‘s death, a
The insider alleged to the publication:
“Princess Beatrice and Sarah both advised Andrew against going ahead with the interview. However, he paid too much attention to Amanda [Thirsk], who was encouraging him, saying it would clear his name.”
Additionally, a close friend of Bea insisted the royal “wasn’t part of the decision-making process,” but did however go “to one meeting with the BBC. That’s all.” It’s unclear where Princess Eugenie, who recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary, stands in the ongoing drama with her father.
While his daughter and ex may not have been involved in the decision making process about the interview, his nephew Prince William was reportedly involved in ousting Andrew from his royal roles. A palace insider revealed to People:
“Senior members of the family were involved — the Prince of Wales and other members of the family as the Queen consulted and kept them informed.”
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering he is second in line for the throne after his father Prince Charles, and has taken on an increasing number of high level duties and decisions over the past several years. As more people in his inner circle create distance with the embattled royal, so do charities and patronages which he had previously been involved with. The source adds:
“He is stepping back from public duties and his patronages and not undertaking any activities in this period.”
As you’ll recall, it has been rumored since the announcement of his “stepping down” that it wasn’t actually as graceful a he portrayed it to be, and in reality his mum FORCED him out. Give his full statement a read (below):
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support. Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.
I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
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