BBC QT: Queen ‘stands above’ Andrew’s reputational damage to Firm – ‘Behaved impeccably’

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On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Andrew will not continue to undertake public duties on behalf of the royal family as the Duke of York continues to face a civil sex case agaisnt Virginia Guiffre in the US. Ms Guiffre has alleged Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

Prince Andrew has vehemently denied the accusations.

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on Thursday read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Speaking extensively about Prince Andrew’s future just hours after Bucking Palace’s statement, Fiona Bruce quizzed this week’s BBC Question Time panel over the future of the monarchy.

She asked: “What is the future of Prince Andrew and how does it affect the monarchy?”

Isabel Oakeshott, GB News presenter and commentator believes that the Queen “has behaved impeccably”.

She said: “I think the good news is that I don’t think the Queen is damaged by this at all. I think she stands above it all.”

Talking about the decision, Ms Oakeshott said: “I think she has done the right thing.

“I think that he has to go through the process and the most honourable thing to do would not be to, if he is found to have done anything wrong.

“Or if he knows he has done anything wrong, he ought not to try and make it go away using money, you must go through the process, particularly for the sake of the victims.”

However, she continued talking about the Commonwealth and it’s future after the Queen.

She said: “But I am worried about what happens to the monarchy after the Queen is no longer with us, and I think you make a really important point about the Commonwealth.

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“We have already seen Barbados breaking away. I think the future is looking quite bleak in terms of the Commonwealth.

“We aren’t using the Commonwealth properly. The opportunities that we have post-Brexit to do that, we really need to be making more of.”

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