Prince Andrew plotting public return regardless of Epstein scandal
Prince Andrew is plotting a return to public duties to “serve his nation” — even because the feds nonetheless wish to communicate to him about his ties to his late pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein, in accordance with a report Sunday.
Andrew, 60, was dumped from royal duties nearly a yr in the past amid uproar over a BBC interview he gave about his ties to Epstein in addition to accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s now additionally dealing with intercourse trafficking fees.
The Duke of York’s announcement final November had mentioned his absence was “for the foreseeable future” — and royal sources told The Sunday Times of London that he has held official talks about returning to duties.
He reportedly feels he has the backing of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II.
“The duke is spending time understanding how he can serve his nation and assist the monarchy sooner or later,” a supply advised the UK paper, saying he’s “desirous about his future service and public position.”
“He feels he has assist from the household, very a lot so, together with all his siblings and his dad and mom,” the supply mentioned.
Andrew would wish to resolve his authorized points with US authorities who’ve repeatedly accused him of avoiding interviews about Epstein and the late moneyman’s intercourse trafficking ring. The report didn’t state if meaning he’ll lastly sit down with investigators, nevertheless.
A senior royal aide confirmed to the Sunday Occasions that “household discussions” had taken place — however mentioned it’s unlikely he’ll resume an “official” position.
“Whereas the hurdles across the Epstein case are nonetheless hanging over him, it is going to be tough for him to symbolize the household in any capability as his presence would overshadow the work of the monarchy,” the aide mentioned.
“The royal household is supportive of him desirous about what life could be like after points are resolved, however the palace just isn’t at the moment planning any future rebranding of his position.”
One other royal supply advised the paper that whereas the Queen has a “tender spot” for Andrew, the “greater say” on his return would go to Prince Charles and Prince William, who’re each protecting of the royal model.
“The toxicity of his popularity is that he’s indelibly related to Epstein, and he can not shed that popularity,” the supply advised the Sunday Occasions.
“No charity, model or enterprise would contact him and the army need him out. What public position can there be?
He should come to phrases with being a personal member of the royal household, although that can crush him.”
In addition to his shut friendships with Epstein and Maxwell, Andrew has been repeatedly accused of getting intercourse with accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre at their behest, claims he has always vehemently denied. Epstein, 66, hanged himself in a Lower Manhattan lockup final August, whereas Maxwell is in custody awaiting trial.
Buckingham Palace has maintained there are “no plans to evaluation” Andrew’s standing, the Sunday Occasions mentioned.