Prince Andrew ‘starting to accept’ says commentator
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The late Queen worried about Prince Andrew since the Duke had a civil sexual assault case filed against him over claims made by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, royal expert Robert Hardman claimed. The Duke of York vehemently denied all accusations made against him but agreed to step down from his official roles as he fought against the allegations. Speaking on the latest episode of Palace Confidential, Mr Hardman claimed that Her late Majesty held “greater worry” in Andrew than in Prince Harry.
Mr Hardman told host Jo Elvin: “I think in a sense, I think, Andrew, the Duke of York was the greater worry.
“[This was] because Harry’s got his life ahead of him.
“He’s fine, he’s happy, he’s got a wife and a young family and, you know, he has options.”
He added: “I think her concern was that the Duke of York didn’t have options.”
Mr Hardman claimed there was “no short-term solution” when “it [came] to Andrew”.
Speaking of Harry’s relationship with his late grandmother, Mr Hardman said: “She adored Harry [and] Harry adored her.”
He noted Harry was “very much loved” by the late Queen and had a “direct line of communication”.
In 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
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Epstein pleaded not guilty but was later found dead in his prison cell, his death later ruled a suicide.
During an interview with Emily Maitlis in 2019, Prince Andrew, who was a friend of the late Epstein, said that he did not regret his friendship with Epstein.
The interview collected an enormous amount of public criticism and ultimately led to Andrew’s decision to step down from royal duties.
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Earlier this month, King Charles III contacted Parliament to request an increase in the number of Counsellors of State.
The change in the Regency Act 1937 will likely see Princess Anne and Prince Edward added to the counsellors’ list alongside the Queen Consort, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.
The counsellors would be required to serve in the monarch’s stead in the event of their absence due to illness or travel abroad.
The Palace has since confirmed that Andrew and Harry, who currently resides in the US with his wife and two children, will not stand in for the King even if he is too ill to perform his duties.
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