Dan Wootton: The Queen must resist any attempt by Prince Andrew to return

Dan Wootton: The Queen must resist any attempt by Prince Andrew to return

He may have paid off the humiliation of being interrogated about his ties to the scumbag Jeffrey Epstein – and worse – but Prince Andrew will still die a disgraced royal outcast.

I was convinced of this after today’s high-profile agreement with Virginia Giuffre, which deprived the Duke of York of his last chance for public redemption.

Don’t forget, the guy formerly known as Randy Andy had plenty of opportunities to clear his name, explain why he was best friends with pedophiles and child traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell for years, and debunk Giuffre’s claims. .

He could have plausibly explained himself during the car crash in a BBC interview with Emily Maitlis, where he looked as guilty as sin and also unrepentant.

He could have made good on his promise to help the FBI and US authorities investigate Epstein, with whom he remained close even after he was jailed.

He could make good on his Pitbull-like lawyer’s recent promise to stand up to his longtime accuser in a jury trial.

DAN WOOTTON: Prince Andrew will still die a disgraced royal outcast.  (Pictured: Prince Andrew at a Sunday service at Windsor following the death of Prince Philip in April 2021)

DAN WOOTTON: Prince Andrew will still die a disgraced royal outcast. (Pictured: Prince Andrew at a Sunday service at Windsor following the death of Prince Philip in April 2021)

It was just talk – Andrew has too much to be ashamed of and too much to hide.

So instead, this pitiful, titled, failed civil servant sat in his grace and favor mansion and wrote a big fat check—perhaps funded in part by his long-suffering mother, who had sacrificed so much for her people and should have expected more from her beloved son.

But in signing that check, Andrew also wrote a public resignation letter—there is no turning back now.

And despite showing himself to be a foolish man, he must have been aware of the implications of today’s decision, which makes me all the more certain that he is acutely aware that revelations in the courtroom would bring even greater shame on the royal family.

During the judicial investigation, his daughter, Princess Beatrice, would even be questioned about her father’s infamous alibi that he took her to Pizza Express in Woking on the day he allegedly slept with Giuffre, who was 17 at the time. and he was underage. US law.

While Andrew pleads not guilty for obvious reasons, given the ongoing criminal investigations, today’s 146-word joint statement is damning and very embarrassing for a man who previously refused to admit he dated Giuffre.

In a letter to U.S. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, both parties say: “Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.

“Prince Andrew never intended to vilify the character of Ms Giuffre, and he acknowledges that she has suffered both as a known abuse victim and as a result of unfair public attacks. Jeffrey Epstein is known to have sold countless young girls over the years.

DAN WOOTTON: This pitiful, headlined, failed public servant was sitting in his mansion writing a big fat check, possibly funded in part by his long-suffering mother, who had sacrificed so much for the good of her people and should have expected more from her beloved son.  (Pictured: The Queen and Prince Andrew at the Trooping The Color event at Buckingham Palace, June 8, 2019)

DAN WOOTTON: This pitiful, titled, failed public servant sat in his grace and favor mansion and wrote a big fat check – perhaps funded in part by his long-suffering mother, who had sacrificed so much for the good of her people and should have expected more from her beloved son. (Pictured: The Queen and Prince Andrew at the Trooping The Color event at Buckingham Palace, June 8, 2019)

“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and appreciates the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in protecting themselves and others. He promises to show his remorse for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evil of sex trafficking and supporting its victims.”

We know that Andrew’s regret is completely insincere and based solely on the metaphorical tornado that hit his life.

I won’t forget that when he sat down with Maitlis, he insisted that he had no regrets about his friendship with Epstein because “the people I met and the opportunities I got to study either because of him or because of him, were actually very important.” useful’.

I will also never forget the day after the broadcast when one of my close royal contacts told me that Andrew was in church with the queen and declared the interview a “great success”.

If he wasn’t so terrible, you’d almost feel sorry for this man who has clearly never lived in the real world.

DAN WOOTTON: Virginia won't go quietly, and she shouldn't in the #MeToo era when confidentiality agreements are frowned upon.  There will be big money for TV interviews, a candid book, a documentary series, and maybe even a movie deal.  (Pictured: Virginia Giuffre leaving the Epstein New York hearing in August 2019)

DAN WOOTTON: Virginia won’t go quietly, and she shouldn’t in the #MeToo era when confidentiality agreements are frowned upon. There will be big money for TV interviews, a candid book, a documentary series, and maybe even a movie deal. (Pictured: Virginia Giuffre leaving the Epstein New York hearing in August 2019)

Virginia won’t go quietly, and she shouldn’t be doing so in the #MeToo era when confidentiality agreements are frowned upon. There will be big money for TV interviews, a candid book, a documentary series, and maybe even a movie deal.

Is she telling the truth? Maybe, maybe not. But despite the rhetoric, Andrei was not ready to face her in court, so she will be granted the benefit of the doubt.

Today’s settlement, while devastating to Her Majesty, will at least save her from months of revelations about Andrew’s sordid sex life that have risked overshadowing her platinum jubilee year.

But the public will rightfully want to know if the Queen helped finance today’s settlement, which is expected to be worth around £7.5 million.

And despite her advanced age and her understandable desire to enjoy her twilight years, she must now firmly resist her son’s inevitable attempts to return to public life.

Don’t neglect Andrew and his mother’s attempts to manipulate him. After all, this is the man who used the death of his father, Prince Philip, to orchestrate the first return bid by insisting that he go on camera and then demanding that he wear military uniform to the funeral.

DAN WOOTTON: While Andrew pleads not guilty for obvious reasons, given the ongoing criminal investigations, today's 146-word joint statement condemns and is very embarrassing for a man who previously refused to admit he dated Giuffre.  (Pictured: Ms Giuffre interviewed by BBC Panorama in 2019)

DAN WOOTTON: While Andrew pleads not guilty for obvious reasons, given the ongoing criminal investigations, today’s 146-word joint statement condemns and is very embarrassing for a man who previously refused to admit he dated Giuffre. (Pictured: Ms Giuffre interviewed by BBC Panorama in 2019)

Andrew is fully aware that when his mother passes away, the future King Charles wants to exile him and do whatever it takes to cut him out of royal life.

As I reported last year, long-term moves are already underway to kick the Duke out of the Royal Lodge at Windsor, the mansion he shares with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, an equally disgraced figure who is now his sole public advocate.

It’s a pity actually.

The life of a royal war hero is completely ruined by lust, greed and the inability to understand what is good and what is bad.

Prince Andrew bluntly warns of how easily the royal family will be seriously damaged in the post-Elizabethian era by a single titled oaf.

His younger relatives should take note – the very future of the monarchy is at stake.

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