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DAN WOOTTON: Prince Andrew is a gambler willing to bet his family’s fate on beating a sex scandal

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The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

Or, if I applied that famous quote from American author and activist James Baldwin to the British monarchy in 2021, the most dangerous creation for the royal family is the Duke of York who has nothing to lose.

It was a weekend of incredible contrasts for Prince Andrew.

The Queen’s shamed favorite son faced a coordinated attack from sources close to two future kings – his brother Prince Charles and cousin Prince William – that amounted to a completely smeared bid to force him to accept that he had to be permanently removed from public life

Prince William is “not a fan of Uncle Andrew,” who is a “risk” and “threat to the family,” while a friend told the newspaper: “Any suggestion there is no gratitude for the institution, anything that would lead anyone to can bring in the public to think that senior members of the royal family are not grateful for their position, [William thinks] is really dangerous.’

Prince Andrew was photographed this morning driving his Range Rover near Windsor Castle

The Duke was seen after Scotland Yard left a review of abuse allegations against him

The Duke was seen after Scotland Yard left a review of abuse allegations against him

But then, hours later, the story moved somewhat in Andrew’s favor when Scotland Yard dropped its review of sexual abuse allegations surrounding him and the abhorrent pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

To give Andrew a huge boost, the police decided to take no further action against his accuser Virginia Roberts’ allegation that she had been smuggled to London as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with him on more than one occasion. which he has vehemently denied.

That decision will only encourage the 61-year-old prince to step up his campaign to return to a public role.

As I’ve been reporting for many months, led by his comically loyal ex-wife and current partner Sarah Ferguson and the Queen’s financial backing, Randy Andy is planning a comeback, to hell with whatever Charles or William think.

William is of course right, such a move is completely ridiculous. It poses the greatest threat to the respectability of the Royal Family since Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson’s ties to the Nazis were exposed.

There is an pending civil case with Virginia Roberts, an impending lawsuit with Ghislaine Maxwell, and Andrew has consistently failed to assist the FBI in its criminal investigation of Epstein.

But the question plaguing high courtiers is, what can they do to stop Andrew?

After all, this is the man who used the immediate aftermath of his father’s death to ensure he could appear in front of the TV cameras to kick-start his public comeback and then caused a stir for the Queen by apparently trying on the uniform of an admiral to wear to the funeral.

In her civil suit, Miss Roberts also alleges that she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Epstein's New York mansion and on Little St James, his private island in the Caribbean.

Jeffrey Epstein

In her civil suit, Virginia Roberts (left) alleges she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Epstein’s New York mansion (right) and on Little St James, his private island in the Caribbean.

And like it or not, he is the Queen’s son, retains the title of Duke of York and cannot be easily controlled.

In Andrew’s ideal scenario, the legal furore will be over in time for him to take his rightful place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Color on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Such a plan may sound unlikely as it’s still a matter of months and royal sources have already barred him from participating, but it won’t be easy to work out how to keep Prince Andrew away, especially given the non-royal royal. Harry and Meghan may very well return from the US for the holiday weekend.

My senior royal sources have emphasized for the past 24 hours that there will be no formal return to royal life for Prince Andrew, but admit that this does not mean he has no intention of returning privately.

A royal insider told me, ‘Prince William is blowing his chest on this one. He is mortified at the prospect of Prince Andrew embarrassing the family.

“But it is Prince Charles who is in charge of his formal role and he knows there is no turning back for his brother. That was also something that was discussed with Prince Philip before his death.

“The reality is that when Charles takes the throne, there won’t even be a major role for Princess Anne or Prince Edward. They will essentially be on the sidelines as Charles is determined to bring in a leaner monarchy.

“There’s an understanding that Andrew wants to create a role for himself, but the question is like what? He sealed his fate with the interview with Emily Maitlis, which documented his future.

Scotland Yard decided not to take any further action against Virginia Giuffre's claim that she was smuggled to London as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with Andrew or claims that Epstein was grooming other women in the UK.  Pictured: Andrew with Epstein in New York in 2010

Scotland Yard decided not to take any further action against Virginia Giuffre’s claim that she was smuggled to London as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with Andrew or claims that Epstein was grooming other women in the UK. Pictured: Andrew with Epstein in New York in 2010

“The Queen and Charles believe what Andrew tells them, but also agree that there can be no formal role. And even a casual role would be difficult – all his charities have given up on him.

“The Queen would like to make him Admiral of the Fleet, but this is met with resistance from the army that wants to sever all ties.”

However, another senior royal insider with knowledge of Prince Andrew’s thinking says Fergie and her ex-husband have hatched a plan that will see him continue working for charities and gradually gain more fame.

They added: “The biggest problem with Andrew is that he is so arrogant. His arrogance overwhelms everything else. He still thinks he’s important. He’s a young 61 and he’s not leaving. Not soon anyway.’

That’s why Prince William is so concerned.

In the same way that the specter of Prince Harry and Meghan will continue to sully the royal family – especially in the US – with unproven accusations of racism, Prince Andrew’s continued presence links the British monarchy with unbridled sleaze and privilege.

With a primetime BBC TV special to clear his name and multiple opportunities to do so formally with US authorities, Andrew has never been able to explain why he pursued a close relationship with the most despicable pedophile, even after serving time in prison. seated.

So even if the civil suit filed by Virginia Roberts is eventually thrown out and the FBI stops interviewing Prince Andrew, the stench surrounding his relationship with Epstein—with so many important questions unanswered—will not fade.

The fact that Andrew – now the least favored royal among the British public – can’t see that makes his continued pursuit of a public role pathetic and pathetic.

But as long as he remains ensconced in the Royal Lodge in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where he is funded by the Queen with formal military titles he refuses to give up, any public move Prince Andrew makes will continue to damage a royal family, probably only several years away from making the dreaded transition from the Queen to Charles.

If Andrew has nothing to hide and sincerely believes he can play a public role one day, the only way he’ll gain a little credibility is to fly to New York tomorrow to personally assist the FBI with their Epstein investigation.

We all know there’s no chance of that happening, and it raises uncomfortable questions about what Prince Andrew has to hide.

At 95, the Queen doesn’t have the heart to cut off her favorite son completely, leaving her heir Prince Charles somewhat powerless. For now.

No wonder Prince William thinks his wayward Uncle Andrew is dangerous – the continued damage he could do to the royal family if he continues to plan for a return to public life is hard to calculate.

Prince Andrew is not ashamed. He is a disgrace and a disgrace.

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