How the Palace Tried to get Andrew off the hook

Bizarrely, when it comes to Prince Andrew, there is some sympathy around for the Royal Family & Monarchy. As if…. he’s just an aberration – the embarassing black sheep of the family. Conveniently ignoring that his behaviour is a predictable result of enabling arrogant toffs who are never ever told they are wrong Sir.

Let’s look back on Prince Andrew and the workings of the Palace – and note how the Monarchy’s army of PR people and “aides” assisted and enabled him at every turn.

We all now know – and he does not deny – that Prince Andrew forced himself on a vulnerable teenager. This Bad Apple theory suits the secretive inner workings of the monarchy – it obscures the fact that the palace that has been straining to help him avoid justice all along. Enabling Andrew. That’s the story no-one is focusing on…

1999 – Prince Andrew flies with Maxwell to Epstein’s island. Flight logs show this. Prince Andrew’s security & the palace knew this. Did no-one think….erm….to ask ANY questions ? Did the Met Bodyguards who accompanied him report what they saw at Little St James ? What say you Buckingham Palace? It really stinks.

1999 – Epstein and Maxwell stay at Balmoral. Is there any security clearance or background check required ? Did anyone query who they were ? Or if Prince Andrew says they’re his chums, do they dare not question Royal Judgement (mind you Savile was allowed to roam around the palaces as he pleased)

2001 – Prince Andrew Rapes Virgina – The Photo. The house. The vulnerable 17 year old runaway surrounded by older rich and powerful people. So, Buckingham Palace – why can’t you tell us …were Andrew’s security with him ? Why are their logs not available ? Why won’t the palace produce the notes that prove he was in Pizza Express that night ? Did they rip out & destroy the pages that said ‘Tramp nightclub. Private residence in Belgravia with young girl’ ?

2012 –THE PALACE HELPS ARRANGE FOR EPSTEIN TO PAY OFF FERGIE’S DEBTS: that’s what happened. It was all arranged via ‘The Duke’s Office’ – i.e. palace staff. Despite Epstein’s conviction – nobody objected. They were not duped, they facilitated. Later Fergie apologises for taking £15k from Epstein to pay off her debts – saying “I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf.” Thanks for clarifying that Fergie. She also added “This is the first time ever in my life, and I mean ‘ever’, that I have been debt free. It allows me to go forward to do what I do, being a good mother, a philanthropist for children…”

There you go, a “philanthropist for children”, who eagerly grabbed money from a convicted paedophile.

2015 – THE PALACE VICTIM BLAMES – “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with [the woman]. The allegations made are false and without any foundation.” thunders Buckingham Palace. Think about that for a moment – those are not Prince Andrew’s words, they are The British Monarchy’s words. They are issued from on high, and come with the full heft of the establishment behind them. They are written by a highly paid aide, with expensive lawyers whispering advice. I’d imagine the Queen would have had to approve the wording. We now know they are LIES. You, the taxpayer paid ( lots) to victimise a young girl, to upset and traduce her.

From The Guardian, 4th January 2015

THE PALACE THREATENS JOURNALISM – When the initial story broke, the Palace started flexing its muscle, making veiled threats against newspapers who might reveal further information. ABC newsreader Amy Robach (unwittingly) revealed that she had recorded an interview with Andrew’s victim – Virginia – and that it had never been broadcast. “I’ve had the story for three years,” Robach says in the video ( which no longer seems to be online, but there’s a version here – warning links to FOX ). “We would not put it on the air. Um, first of all, I was told, ‘Who was Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story. Then The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.

September 2019 – “sources close to” Prince Andrew ( i.e. the palace and his PR people ) claimed the Andrew / Virgina photo was faked – absolutely desperate stuff from the palace, trying to undermine the victim and their irrefutable evidence.

November 2019 – The Prince and the Palace thinks they can outsmart us, with a tell all interview with Emily Maitliss. Whilst turned out to be a great scoop, it’s worth considering the dubious journalistic practice – it took place in the grandeur of Buckingham Palace ( ergo, lending it state-like gravitas ). Also, the interview was not in keeping with news norms – Maitlis discussed the content of the interview in advance ( over tea at the palace, Prince Andrew himself declared he thought the photograph was a doctored fake. ) Astonishing though it may seen, the incredibly stupid alibi – I was at Pizza Express – was prearranged by the palace before the interview. His answer would have been rehearsed.

From Emily Maitlis’s blog about the interview

Feb 2020 – An exasperated FBI announced “Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation“. “Sources” tell the newspapers that he is ‘more than happy to talk’. But of course, those unattributable sources ( i.e. The Palace) are just lying. The Monarchy is run by the Queen, and no-one is making Prince Andrew cooporate with the law, and they continue to lie to the public, and besmirch the victim.

There may be other countless moments the palace intervened to pervert the course of justice. They know Prince Andrew is toast. I wonder what role the Government took in the whole thing. Did they apply pressure to get rid of charges?

But they don’t want anyone scrutinising THEIR ROLE in the whole sleazy farrago. Because you – the taxpayer – pay for palace staff, for PR, for lawyers.

Which is why we should not draw a line under it.

( and once again, respect & sympathy for Virginia Giuffre, the girl from rough circumstances who took on the establishment and won. Go Girl.)

[ UPDATE: 29th March – Prince Andrew, is pride of place beside the Queen at Westminster Abbey for Prince Phillip’s memorial service. Being chauffered, heralded, protected. ]

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Prince Andrew: The Queen is complicit…

There seems to be a very urgent effort to erect a High Firewall between Prince Andrew and the rest of The Firm, as stories ’emerge’ that ‘the Queen will not pay his spiraling costs’.

Andrew is toxic. He is disgraced. They know that they must cut him loose.

And it’s all presented with an infantile *puts on cry-wank-Eastenders accent* “Our Poor Queen, gor-bless…another burden on her poor life…is her wayward son….” *tiny tears*

Er….It’s a bit fuckin’ LATE.

The Queen runs the monarchy. That’s how it works. The monarchy has done everything it can to obstruct justice (not to mention, the Quee is the mother to the spoilt & arrogant Andrew ).

Queenie has been arrogantly supporting of her idiotic son since the story broke. She has very publically stood by him. She has been reluctant to show any sort of disapproval – no Palace Summits to discuss exploiting teenage girls. In fact, he brought paedophiles to slouch about on the throne. The palace machine has gone even further – actually helping Andrew orchestrate his PR. As this Vanity Fair story put it at the time “Under the protection of the Queen, Prince Andrew was untouchable.”

Consider…

When story first broke in 2010, the queens response was…to award Andrew with the highest possible award for personal service to the Queen – the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Even the grovelling royal press took a dim view.

Basically, nothing changed for Andrew. In fact, he was promoted.

5 years later the Epstein story was back in the news and Prince Andrew was named in court papers…and asked to make a statement under oath. Buckingham palace refused to accept the papers, sending them back. And 55 year old Andrew was…promoted to Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy ! Hurrah, throw your hats in the air sailors ! Vice ! Vice ! Vice !

After Andrew shot himself in the foot with his utterly humiliating Newsnight interview – the world laughed and raged and the Queen singled out Andrew to join her in a public engagement.

In 2021 – the Queen made sure he kept his role as honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards. ‘Military sources’ told The Times “The Queen has let it be known to the regiment that she wants the Duke of York to remain as colonel and the feeling is that nobody wants to do anything that could cause upset to the colonel-in-chief. It is a very difficult, unsatisfactory situation.” (all those military types pledging slabbering loyalty to the Queen. Then when they express misgivings about her sleazeball son as a figurehead she shows that she couldn’t give less of a fuck for what they think about anything.)

And this is just the stuff we know.

What we don’t know – what goes on behind palace gates, in the government departments – is far more intriguing – listen up, these are the important questions

What did the Queen know and when did she know it ?

How did she find out ? What did she do about it ? Who did she tell ?

Was a blind eye turned to Andrew’s friendship with a paedophile ? With the palace & Queen’s knowledge ?

Have the palace – and taxpayer – put money into obfuscation ? Have we been paying for PR for the Prince Andrew ? Have we been paying for his lawyers?

It seems utterly inconcievable that senior members of the palace staff, the Met police – who, after all, provided protection officers who accompanied Prince Andrew to Epstein’s island – and the Queen, who is, after all, the head of the monarchy – knew nothing ?

The secrecy around the royal family has always been a disgrace. Now it is being used to hide actual criminal behaviour.

And given that the royal family have access to state secrets, to GCHQ, to the full powers of the state, are we allowed to know if the odds against the Brave Young Women are fair ? When the Intelligence community justify unethical action in ‘Defence of the Realm’ does that run to protecting the Queen and her family from the law?

Every single day, the royals are revered and fawned over on the BBC, ITN, the majority of the newspapers. Nobody wants to hold the whole institution to account.

Social media then must be their demise. Please have a wee go at Facebooking and Tweeting this blog. Upset Jacob Rees Mogg and his fawning ilk.

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Satire is fun. But lets remember, Prince Andrew actually abused a girl with his own Spitting Image Puppet.

The Paedophiles Pal, protected by the Queen…

A year on, and a lawyer representing the victims of Jeffrey Epstein has called it outrageous that Prince Andrew has still not cooperated with the FBI.

It is absolutely scandalous. A man who’s movements are automatically documented by his protection officers ( your £) cannot find any way of proving his innocence. I wrote about the scandal here

But the FBI investigation is just the tip of the feudal nonce-berg.

The implications for the Monarchy are huge. Ask yourself…

What did the Palace know, when did they know it and what did they do about it ?

Was the Queen was told her son was fraternising with a criminal paedophile and didn’t say anything to him ? She keeps publically showing support for Andrew, what is she doing behind the scenes?

She takes him to Church. But not to court.

Or is is possible the Queen pressurised the UK government to protect him ?

Is it outlandish to suggest that the UK could have already been blackmailed – do what we say or we’ll reveal films of Prince Andrew abusing an underage girl, which in turn will mean the End of the Monarchy ? Do you think the UK establishment would stand up for justice OR do everything they can to protect the Queen and her family ?

Where are the politicians calling for Prince Andrew to face justice ? Can you imagine if this was a footballer, or a TV star ? They’d be hounded onto the first plane for New York.

The Queen herself pressurised the Home Secretary to deport Abu Hamza to the USA. So why isn’t the Queen putting pressure on Prince Andrew to cooperate? Indeed, why isn’t she being asked about it ?

Why isn’t the UK Government requesting Prince Andrew work with US authorities ?

Have the UK police interviewed him under caution ?

I normally try to make my blogs snarly and gossipy. But this is hideous.

You pay for this beefy sleazeball to play golf and fraternise with tyrants. You have to bow to him. The secrecy they demand is being abused to hide a crime. Young women were abused and trafficked – one of those women gives a very convincing account of him abusing her – and yet he’s still a Prince – even if he’s no longer amongst us ?

Who’s side are you on ?

Prince Andrew Scandal should be the End the Monarchy…

Before anything, let me express my sympathy and support for the women and girls who were enslaved and abused. Virginia Giuffre ( formerly Roberts) and other girls / young women – your innocence, your vulnerability were exploited by powerful men, and you deserve justice.

In speaking out you are heroic, courageous and to be supported. I believe what your saying and am in awe of your resilience.

Beyond the personal trauma this criminal episode, exposes the whole monarchy, not just Prince Andrew.

The Questions that need answered….

Did the Royal Family / the government / the Queen know about Prince Andrew’s visits to Epstein’s island ? To his mansion in New York ?

Who did his security detail ( who we pay for ) report to and what did they say ? (“Prince on island with lots of teenage girls and sleazy men. Some of girls may be underage.” ?)

Was there a reluctance to confront the Duke with his behaviour? After all he is notoriously a boor and shouts at anyone who questions him ?

If the authorties / royal family / establishment knew what was going on – what did they do about it ? Anything ?

There is a toxic, corrupting secrecy around the Royal Family, and we are allowed to know almost nothing, despite paying for almost everything. They are exempt from Freedom of Information. We’re not allowed to know.

It’s one thing to argue that they are entitled to secrecy because why-should-the-public-know-how much-one’s-holidays cost – but quite another, when the secrecy is harnessed to protect them from being questioned about a very serious and ugly crime. Abuse. That’s the word. Abuse.

Stop and think about this for a moment.

The most reviled and hideous paedophile in the UK in decades was Jimmy Savile. Who Prince Charles counted as a good friend and advisor.

The most reviled and notorious paedophile in US currently was Jeffrey Epstein. Who Prince Andrew counted as a good friend and holiday buddy ( even after his conviction).

Prince Andrew was a patron of the NSPCC ( National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) who campaign against trafficking. UPDATE: NSPCC have since disowned Prince Andrew’s patronage since this article has been published.]

Charles Mountbatten Windsor and Andrew Mountbatten Windsor – arrogant, idiotic, sleazy men – we are told – REPRESENT US. We are told they are role models. We are requested to call them Your Royal Highness. We are expected to pay for their life of luxury.

Doesn’t that make you wince ? Make you angry ?

So here’s the news….The Queen is going to die soon.

So make a stand. She’s must be the last monarch. Argue, cause embarrassment, rattle cages, exploit the up and coming political shitstorm.

No more royals. No more Feudalism. No more secrecy. No more golden carriages and slobbering royal weddings.

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