After his disastrous interview, Prince Andrew has been relieved of his duties as part of the Royal family, i.e. fired by his own mum.
But one can’t be fired from his family duties as a father… right?
Andrew has been accused of participating in his friend Jeffrey Epstein‘s alleged sex trafficking ring, specifically of sleeping with a 17-year-old sex slave. He tried to exculpate himself in an interview on BBC Newsnight, but his defense only made him look sketchier — and as mentioned the fallout precipitated his removal from his Royal duties.
While we don’t feel bad for Andy, or indeed for any other potential co-conspirators who have yet to be unmasked, our hearts do go out to the incidental victims of this scandal — Andrew’s adult daughters.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie didn’t do anything wrong, and yet they must suffer through even more humiliation than what they had already grown accustomed by having Prince Andrew as a father.
A source said in the new issue of Us Weekly the girls were “going through hell” and getting all the support they could from the men in their lives:
“Eugenie’s husband [Jack Brooksbank] and Beatrice’s fiancé [Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi] are standing by them and are doing everything they can to distract the girls from the situation and calm them down.”
Per the insider, Jack and Edoardo have been very understanding despite the extreme situation:
“There have been scandals surrounding Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in the past, and while this is the worst yet, they know that marrying into the royal family comes with its up and downs.”
Speaking of marrying in…
We’ve actually been thinking about poor Beatrice for a while now. She’s supposed to be getting married in 2020. She already reportedly had to cancel her planned December engagement party because of the scandal.
As bad as the Epstein association is following Andrew at the moment, one wonders how bad it will get by that time next year. After all, there could even be some legal ramification as it’s been reported US authorities are considering subpoenaing him as they continue their investigation. What if more witnesses come forward? What if Ghislaine Maxwell gets arrested and spills everything she knows??
Yes, obviously that will mean huge international scandal… but also it could ruin gurl’s magical day.
Just for reference, take a look back at Eugenie’s wedding, back in October 2018.
The star-studded production was a freakin’ fairy tale, ffs. But that was pre-scandal exploding.
Now picture them trying to do this for Beatrice, under the shadow of an investigation into Andrew’s involvement with Epstein. Hard to have a “happily ever after” in the middle of potentially the biggest underage sex trafficking scandal in modern history.
But they’re apparently going to try! A source told ET the Royal family are determined for Beatrice to “have the wedding she deserves.”
Unfortunately that includes having Andrew walk her down the aisle — something the insider says the “utterly devoted” father is still planning to do. And even though the Princess (and everyone else in the fam) is “very disappointed” in him in private, she doesn’t plan on turning him down. As the source says:
“They love him; he’s family.”
Yep. And you can’t fire him from being family.
What would YOU do in this situation? Elope? Go through with it?? Die of embarrassment??? Let us know in the comments (below)!
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