Both imperials have been forced to quit their capacities, yet the Duke of York is being rehabilitated by the press while the Sussexes are being hounded, writes Arwa Mahdawi
Prince Andrew- His Royal Highness the Duke of York- is a man of numerous claims, but apparently few abilities. He does, nonetheless, have one superpower: scandal doesn’t stick to him. Having spend several weeks preserving a low profile following the whole being chummy-with-a-sex-offender thing, it seems as though Andrew has crawled out of the woodwork and is being rapidly rehabilitated.
On Sunday, the Queen appeared in public with her 59 -year-old son for the first time since his car-crash Newsnight interview in November. Photographs of the two going to church show Her Majesty examining pleased and the monarch looking pleased with himself. The husband claims he has had troublesweating, but by God can he smirk.
He certainly “ve got a lot” to smirk about: the coverage of his outing with Mum was a PR coup.” Disgraced Prince Andrew has become the Queen’s’ rock-and-roll’ during Megxit, royal insiders have exposed ,” bellowed the Sun. Harmonizing to these ” insiders”, Andrew has been a ” tower of strength” recently,” subscribing his parents in their hour of need “.
Talk about a anecdote of two rulers. While Andrew is described as a boulder( he has the allure of one ), Harry is torn apart by the redtops, painted as an entitled terror who has abandoned queen and country to jet off and start a new life. Andrew has impeded his deeds and allowance from the Queen since the Epstein scandal, when he was made to step back from his public obligations for the” foreseeable future “. On the other hand, Harry and Meghan have been forced to make a clean break from the house and relinquish their Royal Highness deeds and taxpayer fund. The Sussexes will likewise pay back PS2. 4m in public money spent renovating their residence; Andrew has obligated no affirmations about his obligations to the taxpayer.
The parallels between the rulers are mesmerizing and riling. They were born into the same job: “spare” heir. Andrew is eighth in line to the throne, while Harry is sixth, so neither has much hope of becoming king; constitutionally speaking, it doesn’t much thing if they step away from their characters. They have been thrust- in very different circumstances- to resign from their “jobs”. Yet their resignations have been treated wildly differently by the media. Harry and Meghan’s decision to relocate has been treated as a far bigger tale than the fact that the Queen’s son was friends with Jeffrey Epstein, a child sex offender, and has been accused of having sex with a teenage girlfriend who claims she was trafficked by Epstein, an accusation Andrew denies.
Why the difference? Most certainly, there is racism towards Meghan. Then, as Alan Rusbridger pointed out in the Observer, there is the fact that the” major newspaper groups most obsessed with Harry and Meghan are … being sued by the couple for assorted breaches of privacy and copyright “.
Another reason is old-fashioned misogyny. The accusations levelled against Andrew aren’t reputation-ruining, because civilization doesn’t care what strong husbands do to susceptible ladies. Look at the president of the US, for God’s sake.
In numerous ways, the narratives around Andrew and Harry represent age-old archetypes. Andrew is the prodigal son; Harry is a hen-pecked partner. After decades of dissolute living, Andrew is extol how sorry he is; inevitably, he will be forgiven. But the one thing society won’t forgive, as Harry is finding out, is a man putting a woman’s needs first.
* Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist