Prince Andrew’s future in the British monarchy is increasingly in doubt as his court case with Jeffery Epstein’s trafficking victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre continues. Due to his dubious associations, there are increasing calls to strip Prince Andrew of his title. If that happens, would Prince Harry be next?
As allegedly Her Majesty’s favorite son, Prince Andrew has long been shielded by his mother and has developed a rather arrogant and pompous attitude. That could end up being his downfall.
As the crimes of Jeffery Epstein have been revealed over the last several years, those in his inner circle have also been pulled into the spotlight. This includes Prince Andrew, who was close with Epstein, among several other notable businessmen and politicians. The men had vacationed together, and the businessman even visited the Queen’s private properties of Sandringham and Balmoral, though the Duke of York denies they were ever that close.
But the question remains, how much did Prince Andrew know about Epstein’s perverted proclivities for young girls? And did Andrew knowingly or unknowingly participate in a sexual relationship with a minor girl who was ordered to sleep with the prince?
This is the subject of a civil lawsuit brought forth by Giuffre, who claims that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York under Epstein’s and or Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell directions. Famously, the prince is pictured with both Giuffre and Maxwell.
Tomorrow, there will be a critical hearing to determine whether the case can go forward, after it was revealed that Guiffre signed a legal document in 2009 agreeing that she would not go after Epstein or his associations. Reports indicate that she could have received several hundred thousand or millions for her silence.
She wants to throw that all out to go after Prince Andrew, though the judge has told her that the case is “ambiguous and wholly devoid of factual allegations.”
Regardless, there are increasing calls to strip Prince Andrew of his title as the Duke of York and his military appointments, most importantly that as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Prominent veteran Julian Perreira has already asked the duke to step down.
As The Telegraph describes, pre-emptively stripping the prince of his titles could tell the court that the palace agrees with Guiffre’s case, which it doesn’t want to do.
But if Andrew loses this civil case, though it would take an act of parliament, there would be strong and justified calls to strip the prince of his title.
This spells trouble for Prince Harry, who has been causing nothing but headaches for the royal family since 2020 and the Megxit announcement.
The successful stripping of Prince Andrew’s titles would set a precedent and make it much easier and more easily accepted for the royal family to do the same to Prince Harry if he and his wife Meghan Markle continue to make a nuisance of themselves.
In this 21st century, monarchies are often hanging on by a thread. One scandal too far or an unpopular leader could result in their ousting. That’s why liabilities like Prince Andrew and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must be dealt with in order to avoid the monarchy falling into disrepute.
Her Majesty would struggle deeply to inflict such a blow to Andrew, but Prince Charles and Prince William are much more pragmatic. They are looking to the future, and that sometimes means that they must remove the weights that are pulling them down.
The outcome of the case tomorrow could determine Andrew’s fate. Prince Harry should take note and seriously consider how his autobiography will impact his royal title and his children’s future.