Prince Andrew should do ‘whatever it takes’ to let Queen ‘power on and do the job’

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Nick Ferrari, 62, appeared on last night’s episode of the BBC’s Question Time programme in Aldershot, Hampshire. He was joined by Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy, Tory Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, Minette Batters from the National Farmers’ Union, comedian Rosie Jones and the broadcaster’s host Fiona Bruce.

One audience member asked the panel whether Prince Andrew should travel to the United States after he was served with legal papers that allege he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre in 2001.

The Duke of York denies such allegations.

In response, Mr Ferrari joked he would only provide a brief answer as he didn’t fancy spending “a night in the Tower”.

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But the veteran journalist went on to claim that following the loss of the late Duke of Edinburgh in April and the fall-out of Megxit, Andrew should do “whatever it takes” to “let the Queen power on”.

“The Queen has been through the most trying period of her life,” he said.

“Not that long ago, she lost her consort of goodness knows how many decades.

“She also got the issues of one of her grandsons living in California.

“I just think it’s a terrible shame that as this woman continues to serve in a way that I don’t know [if] we will ever see again in this country that she is blighted by problems such as this.

“So, whether it takes him to go to New York, to Washington, to do a video link, whatever it takes to put this out of the way, to let the Queen power on and do the job that I think she happens to do particularly well, I would urge him to do that.”

The Sunday Express columnist received a round of applause in Aldershot.

The question was posed by Ian Evans, a retired police investigator, who was asked by Fiona Bruce what he thought Andrew should do next.

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“If I was in his position, if I was telling the truth, I’d want to go and see what corroborative evidence there is for this because in my line of work that I used to do, we would normally be looking for some corroborative evidence of an offence,” the audience member said.

Fiona Bruce will be in Nottingham for next week’s episode of Question Time.

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