Of course he’s laughing. For all the energy the British media has put into criticising Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for what they consider to be besmirching the royal institution, there hasn’t been anything even resembling that towards Prince Andrew for legitimately hurting the reputation of the British royal family with his f-cksh-t. There has been speculation about whether or not Andrew’s business dealings were above board. There have been decades of reports about how took advantage of his privilege and his spoiled behaviour. And then, of course, there’s his friendship with the dead rapist pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ghislaine Maxwell is currently in federal custody in the United States; her trial was set to begin this summer but has been pushed back to November. Great, just in time to mark the two-year anniversary of Prince Andrew’s shambolic interview on BBC Newsnight which precipitated his exit from public life. At which point there will likely be renewed scrutiny into what, exactly, he knew about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking. He and Buckingham Palace have always denied wrongdoing but, you know, there are multiple victim statements about his participation which don’t square at all with his, “I didn’t know anything, I never saw anything sketchy” explanation.
Still, Andrew has six months to go before he has to worry about it – and he may not even have to worry since the royal institution has bent over backwards to protect him, putting in the kind of effort you wish they could show in support of Harry and Meghan against racist and sexist attacks. So why wouldn’t Andy be living that easy, breezy, stress-free country life?