Prince Andrew’s backdoor comeback

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 11, 2020 16:20:53 March 11, 2020 16:20:53

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Prince Andrew had hired some big time extradition lawyers to help him avoid participating in the US investigation into his friendship with the dead rapist pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. It’s worth remembering that Andrew hung out with Epstein AFTER Epstein became a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER and was convicted for solicitation of underage prostitution. At his home. Like they had a sleepover. They were photographed together. And, don’t forget, he claimed in his interview with Emily Maitlis for BBC Newsnight that he’d be happy to cooperate with authorities. 

On Monday, Geoffrey Berman, US Attorney said at a press conference that:

“Contrary to Prince Andrew's very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein's co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed through press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation and our office is considering its options.”

That’s why he needs those lawyers. That’s why he needs his mother to help him pay for those lawyers, because he certainly doesn’t have an income now. Although…

Did you hear about how on Monday, during Commonwealth Day Service, Prince Andrew was at the Service of Thanksgiving for Lieutenant Colonel Sir Malcolm Ross at St George’s Chapel? Andrew was there to pay his respects, which is fine, and he wasn’t officially there repping the Queen but his appearance was noted in the Court Circular, which is the official record of royal engagements. And this was the first time Andrew showed up in the Court Circular since he announced that he was quitting royal duties in November. 

To add to that, the Telegraph reports that he’s hired a new “PR guru”:
 
“Dubbed “the backroom fixer”, Mark Gallagher, a former director of corporate affairs and chief of staff at ITV, specialises in crisis management and has been brought in to help restore Prince Andrew’s reputation in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.”

So he shows up quietly on the Court Circular while everyone’s attention was at Westminster Abbey and on Harry and Meghan and he’s strategising a PR rehabilitation, perhaps ahead of his daughter’s wedding in May. Is Prince Andrew plotting a backdoor comeback? And is he being assisted by Buckingham Palace even though, again, he could help the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and his crimes so that the victims can finally get some answers and find some sort of justice? If so, it’s really interesting where the royal courtiers choose to direct their energy and which members of the royal family to assist. 
 

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Karwai Tang/ Getty Images

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