Prince Andrew has been making it to the headlines for the wrong reasons these past few months. Most, if not all, royal fans are aware that the father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie stepped back from his royal duties in November 2019 after a BBC Newsnight interview that centered on his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew is the second son of Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The 61-year-old royal received the Duke of York title upon his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986. However, the former couple separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce four years after.
Now, recent reports are suggesting that Prince Andrew would not be celebrating Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family as he allegedly wants to keep his low profile amid sexual assault and battery accusations. Keep on reading to know more details.
Prince Andrew Snubbing Queen Elizabeth And Other Royal Family Members This Christmas?
Royal sources told the Mirror, as per Express UK, that Prince Andrew is unlikely to attend the royal family’s Christmas party this year. Most, if not all, royal followers are aware that all members failed to attend the Christmas Day service last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While some members of the royal family are expected to reunite with Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas this year, reports claimed that “apprehensive” Prince Andrew wants to keep a low profile over the holidays as he “privately displayed a lot of uncertainty over Christmas.”
An unnamed royal insider claimed:
“The Duke doesn’t want to be a distraction, especially as this is the first time the Queen has had her family all together since the start of the pandemic apart from at Prince Philip’s funeral. Everyone is hoping to have a relaxing and joyful time.”
Prince Andrew has been cited three times in the ongoing Ghislaine Maxwell trial at Thurgood Marshall U.S. courthouse. The British socialite is currently facing eight charges, which include six counts of enticing minors and sex trafficking. She could be sentenced to 80 years in prison if she is found guilty of all counts.
Pilot Larry Visoski was asked if Prince Andrew accompanied Jeffrey Epstein on the place at any point during their relationship. Though Larry confirmed that Queen Elizabeth's son flew with Jeffrey, he failed to recall the exact dates.
Prince Andrew vehemently denied that he has any knowledge about the activities of Jeffrey Epstein. The younger brother of Prince Charles said:
“I met Mr Epstein in 1999. During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year. I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction. I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know. I have tremendous sympathy for all those affected by his actions and behaviour.”
In November 2019, Prince Andrew shocked everyone when he announced that he would be stepping back and leaving his royal duties amid sexual misconduct and battery accusations. The former husband of Sarah Ferguson stated:
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support. Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission. I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, 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."
Prince Andrew has yet to comment on the reports saying that he would be missing the royal reunion this coming Christmas Day. So, devoted supporters of the royal family should take all these unverified reports with a huge grain of salt until everything is proven true and correct.
Prince Andrew In Trouble Again After Jeffrey Epstein And Ghislaine Maxwell’s Photo At Queen Elizabeth’s Estate Was Found?
Meanwhile, new reports suggested that Prince Andrew could be in big trouble again after a photo featuring Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sitting in Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral estate was released recently. The Telegraph reported that the said snap was taken at the log cabin of the British monarch.
As per BBC, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were known to be pals with Prince Andrew. It was previously reported that the third child of Queen Elizabeth invited the late Jeffrey and Ghislaine at Balmoral.
Prince Andrew, according to the publication, has declined to comment. For starters, Jeffrey Epstein was accused of running a “vast network” of underage girls for sex while Ghislaine Maxwell claimed that she is being used as a scapegoat for the crimes of her ex-boyfriend and business associates.
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