Prince Andrew is bending out of his imperial obligations amid his alleged connection

Andrew tried to rectify this in his latest statement by offering his deepest tenderness “with everyone who has been affected” by the ordeal. He continued:

“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, especially for his preys, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some kind of close. I can only said that he hoped, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

Sounds like the sovereign — and the palace — just requires this to end!

A Buckingham Palace rep previously said the Queen and the royal family “back and believe” Andrew “1 00%, ” suggesting the palace was hoping this scandal would eventually blow over. Of course, that was before the royal’s ruinous interview with Newsnight , in which he tried to exonerate himself by minimise his relationship with Epstein and claiming he had a rare disorder that prevented him from sweating.

Weirdly enough, Andrew initially believed his interview went “quite well, ” according to a People beginning. He apparently accompanied his mother to faith at Windsor on Sunday, the day after the interrogation aired on the BBC, and was said to have told her he thought it was a success.

While he searched anxious during the sit-down, Newsnight staffers were told the Duke was “pretty relaxed” in the aftermath, with a source saying:

“I think he was allayed that it was over. He expected it to be bracing. In truth it was more bracing than he was expecting from the off. But, certainly, given that it was a Newsnight interview, he shouldn’t have expected anything else.”

It’s too been reported that Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson , was the one who “encouraged” and “convinced” him to doing the interview in the first place as a practice of getting ahead of the gossip and presenting “his truth.”

A royal insider told DailyMail.com:

Andrew has been relying on Sarah heavily. In reality she’s been the prince’s biggest endorse and he quality her belief and know-how. When the possibility of this interview arose, Sarah felt that it could be the best way of clearing his identify while presenting the public with a look at the real Andrew. The interrogation gave him the chance to address the negative headlines rather than leave them unanswered and existing his version of occasions. Given how injury this gossip has been in the past six months, Sarah felt Andrew needed to get ahead of the matter to give his public image a better opportunity of recovery.”

Swing and a miss, Fergz!

It’s unclear if Andrew will be brought in to offer a testimony as the FBI continues their investigation into Epstein and his associates.

Fun fact: Prince Andrew is 8th in line to the throne. Thankfully it’s unlikely he’ll ever ascend — quite a bit more unlikely now.

[ Image via BBC ]

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