In the week since Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview aired, the royal has been roundly criticized in the press, seen his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein come under even further scrutiny, and been forced to step back from public appearances. The royal family has been largely silent as the fallout played out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they weren’t acting. A report in The Times of London over the weekend said the move to dismiss Andrew from his official duties stemmed in part from efforts by his nephew, Prince William.
William, 37 and eventual heir to the British throne, is “not a huge fan of his uncle Andrew,” the paper reported. Andrew has been mired in controversy due to his association with Epstein, who died in August in a Manhattan jail cell awaiting trial for charges of sex trafficking of minors.
Last week Andrew granted the BBC’s Emily Maitlis an interview lasting more than 49 minutes. The conversation far from exonerated him in the court of public opinion, and got strange when the royal’s efforts to deny accusations included bizarre tangents about the British restaurant chain Pizza Express and a battle in the Falklands War that, he said, damaged his ability to sweat.
The Times reported that Buckingham Palace is very unhappy with the interview, and that it was not set up through proper channels. While Queen Elizabeth II has put up a public view of support (mother and son were seen horseback riding at Windsor Palace recently) a source used the term “hoodwinked” in reference to the interview.
Andrew has not only stepped down from his public functions, his office was booted from Buckingham Palace and, perhaps the biggest slap of all, his big 60th birthday party plans have been scrapped in favor of “a small family dinner,” according to the paper.