While The Return of the (Mac) Sussexes was dominating headlines last week, another curious royal story got out there under the radar about Prince Andrew, who was friends with the dead rapist pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. According to the Telegraph:

“The Duke of York has hired Britain’s most respected extradition lawyer to fend off an FBI inquiry into his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Telegraph can reveal.

Prince Andrew is receiving legal advice from Clare Montgomery QC, the leading expert on extradition law, whose clients have included Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former dictator and Nirav Modi, wanted for India’s biggest fraud. She has been described as “the most formidable member of the bar.”

Ms Montgomery is being briefed by Gary Bloxsome, a criminal defence solicitor who has defended British troops against war crime allegations and is understood to have been appointed directly by the Duke.”

Dictators, fraudsters, and those who’ve been accused of war crimes – I mean, this is GREAT company, isn’t it? And a great look for the beloved second son of the Queen of England, non? Remember when Prince Andrew told Emily Maitlis during his shambolic interview on BBC Newsnight that he was willing to cooperate with American investigators on the Epstein case? What happened there? Is that still the case? Has he assembled this big time team of lawyers to facilitate an eventual interview with US authorities because he just really, really wants to help? 

Apparently Clare Montgomery, the best of the best, charges £1000/hour, so about US$1300/hour. That legal bill is no joke then. Next question:

Who’s paying? It’s not like he has an official job anymore. So where’s the funding coming from for him to be legally protected over whatever it is that he did or didn’t do while he was hanging out with the dead rapist pedophile Jeffrey Epstein? If it’s coming from his mother, is that a good use of her money? People are eager to find out how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will pay for their security – and they should be. That is an area where royals should definitely be challenged. In the case of the Sussexes, while questions should be asked about their security funding, at the very least, that’s an expense that falls into an above-board category: keeping a young family safe. 

In Prince Andrew’s case… 

How does the line item read on the spreadsheet for his legal expense? Pay x amount of dollars, some of which might come from taxpayers, to defend a man that the FBI wants to question for his relationship with a convicted sex offender and alleged sex trafficker now dead under mysterious circumstances while being accused of rape and pedophilia. That’s totally how people want to see the money being spent, non? I can’t wait to see that on the financial report.