Prince Andrew has been branded a “boil on the backside of the Royal Family” by furious royal commentators. This comes after it was reported that aides to the Duke of York and his former wife Sarah Ferguson contacted a woman said to be an internet troll, in an apparent effort to discredit his accuser in the Jeffrey Epstein case. Charlie Rae, the former Royal Editor of , spoke to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham about the challenge that this presented for the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.
Mr Graham told listeners: “You and I know that if there’s an elephant in the room, you can’t keep ignoring it.
“You can’t just pretend it isn’t there.
“Anytime he does anything, even if he walks into breakfast with his mother, he must be thinking, ‘I hope she doesn’t ask me about that thing in America’.”
Mr Rae agreed, adding: “And his brother, the future king, every time he sees him, if he does see him, should know this is a problem that will continue.”
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He continued: “[Andrew’s] now been taken off royal duties, he’s very much in the background.
“But he’s still very much a boil on the Royal Family’s backside, to be perfectly honest.
“There’s no question about it, and it needs to be lanced.”
Andrew announced that he was stepping back from public life in 2019 “for the foreseeable future” after major backlash towards his relationship with convicted paedophile Epstein.
Royal biographer Angela Levin had also discussed reports that the Duke of York is crafting a long-term plan to be accepted back into the official fold.
She told talkRADIO: “What is important is that the Royal Family, i.e. the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, have decided that Andrew does not represent them anymore.
“This is their way of standing up themselves and accepting that whatever he’s done doesn’t smell right.
“He has tried very recently to come back and be helpful, particularly since Meghan and Harry are no longer around.
“But it was made very clear that he doesn’t stand a chance.”