Now that Jeffrey Epstein has died, attention has shifted to the others in his circle, like Ghislaine Maxwell. Of course, the more prominent the person, the greater the interest and one of the most prominent is Prince Andrew whom one of the young girls has accused of being forced by Epstein to have sex with him. He has denied the accusation, even though he continued to be intimate with Epstein even after his conviction for sex abuse and stayed at his home multiple times with young women going in and out.
I have ranted at various times about how useless the British Royal family is and avoid reading about them. So at first I was hazy about where he fit in within the family and it appears that he is Prince Charles’s younger brother, though given the rules of succession, he has been sliding steadily down the line of succession, from second after Charles to something like eighth or something now as the number of mouths to be fed out of the coffers steadily increases.
I am willing to concede that the Queen has a role to play in the constitutional structure by providing a mechanism for orderly transitions though it hardly seems to warrant all the lavish lifestyle that she has. A nice little house with a couple of domestic aides and a monthly stipend would seem to be sufficient. But there is absolutely no need for any other member of the royal family, though of course one can assign them some tasks to give the impression that they are a not a complete waste of oxygen. But it turns out that even this minimal requirement was too much for Andrew and the recent investigations into his behavior shows that in addition to being useless, he is a a real jerk. That is not an uncommon result of people being pampered all their lives and never having to do a real job.
Time and again, Andrew, who a courtier once reportedly described as having “a pompous level of self-importance”, has demonstrated an eye-watering lack of judgment. Palace staff have rated him the rudest of royals, according to reports. A secret cable, published on WikiLeaks in 2010, revealed a US ambassador describing Andrew speaking “cockily” during one official lunch, leading to a discussion that “verged on the rude”.
In 2011, following pressure over the Epstein connection, he stood down from his role as UK special representative for trade and investment. It did not help when his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, admitted having accepted £15,000 from Epstein to help pay off her debts.
His links have often raised eyebrows; meetings with the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif; entertaining the son-in-law of Tunisia’s ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at Buckingham Palace; his relations with Timor Kulibayev, son-in-law of the president of Kazakhstan, who purchased the duke’s Sunninghill Park home for £3m more than its £12m asking price in 2007.
“Rightly, or wrongly, there is a perceived air of arrogance about Andrew, and he is described by various people as boorish and very self-centred,” said Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine. “Perhaps we shouldn’t be judging the book by its cover. But, certainly, that’s the impression he has given for a very long time.”
His fate is that of the typical second son, struggling to find a role. “I think despite knowing he was always going to go down the line of succession, the fact that in his youth he was second in line to the throne, and now he is wherever he is, that must be quite a blow to your confidence and feeling of importance,” said Little.
The fact that he once had a sense of ‘confidence’ and a ‘feeling of importance’ despite never having done anything in his life that was not handed to him on a platter, shows the kind of person this rotten system breeds.
They should go.