A freelance author claimed that, if the courtiers acted earlier about Prince Andrew's scandal, they could have avoided the damage it has done to the monarchy. Nigel Cawthorne claimed in his new book, Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, that the royal aides failed to protect the crown from these kind of issues, letting Queen Elizabeth II down for over four decades.
Allegedly, it has been known that Prince Andrew finds it hard to be in the public eye while he was still in the spotlight. Hence, the 69-year-old author believed that, when the photo of the Duke of York first surfaced in 2011, where he had his arm around Jeffrey Epstein's alleged s*x slave Virginia Roberts, he should have stepped down as a fulltime working royal at the time.
The editor said that the issue about Sarah Ferguson's ex-husband continued since the controversial snap emerged in 2011, per Daily Mail. Sadly, it wasn't even solved.
The courtiers, allegedly, grew angry at the 60-year-old royal. However, it was their work to protect the crown from the conflict that it had been in since then.
As Cawthorne asserted, it was well-known that Prince Andrew "floundered in public," but the courtiers had let Queen Elizabeth down for almost four decades. Nine years after the scandal emerged, Her Majesty's "favorite son" should have taken a break from his royal engagements right then and there.
The courtiers would have taken him out of the public eye to save the monarchy. However, Cawthorne maintained the courtiers let the issue grew, continuously festering the Queen, and only started making a move when his Newsnight interview met criticisms. So, if there's someone who needs to apologize to Jeffrey Epstein's victims and Her Royal Highness instead, he believed it is the courtiers.
Meanwhile, in the recent Newsweek poll, Brits believe Prince Andrew's royal titles should be removed and extradited to the United States to testify against his alleged criminal sex offender friend. To recall, after his disastrous Newsnight interview, he stepped back from the public life after he defended his connection to the late American financier and denied ever knowing and sleeping with the then-17-year-old Virginia Roberts.
In the survey made by Redfield & Wilton Strategies online, 59% out of 2,000 people said Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie's father should be sent and questioned in the U.S. Twenty-three percent believed he should not be deported. In comparison, 18% was not sure of what he needed to do.
Of those asked, 52% was convinced that Prince Andrew's royal titles should be stripped, 24% wanted him to keep them, and 25% had yet to decide. Aside from the His Royal Highness title, Prince Andrew is also called a prince and a duke.