Royal Family warning: Monarchy cannot escape Prince Andrew crisis ‘bubbling up’ in 2021
Prince Andrew remains 'blight' on the monarchy warn experts
During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Town & Country senior editor Caroline Hallemann warned Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial will bring more attention to the Duke of York. She added Prince Andrew’s links to Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein will continue to be an unavoidable topic for the Royal Family.
Ms Hallemann said: “The situation continues with Prince Andrew, he continues to be a blight on everything that the royals do, especially as the Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins next year.
“I think that will continue to be an unavoidable topic for the royals and it will continue to bubble up.
“His interview with the BBC was a year ago and I think he thought he might be able to get back to working royal life.
“We have seen that has not happened for him so that is a bummer of the year for the royals.”
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ITV News’ Royal Editor Chris Ship told the Royal Rota: “I cannot believe for one second that anyone in the Royal Family will be thinking of putting Prince Andrew front and centre of any event any time in the near future until all of this has been decided one way or another.
“In order for that to happen there would have to be a resolution of the legal process.
“Total exoneration on his part and his side of the story properly given.
“Then a reframing of his duties, I think it is a bit too early for that given that Ghislaine Maxwell still has not had her trial yet.”
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Andrew stepped back from his role in the Royal Family after his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in which he was quizzed over his relationship with Epstein.
Andrew has continuously denied any involvement with the “abhorrent” activities of Epstein through several statements from the Palace.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges related to the alleged abuse of hundreds of girls before.
Andrew last year said he had offered his support and help to US authorities.
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Andrew addressed the Epstein affair in a controversial BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.
The Duke of York underwent a 50-minute exchange with Ms Maitlis in which he answered a series of questions on his relationship with the disgraced billionaire.
The programme sparked widespread public backlash both in the UK and abroad, and ultimately led to Andrew temporarily resigning from his public duties in November 2019.
The Duke, who is the Queen’s third child, has “categorically” denied having any sexual contact with any of the women associated with Epstein.
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