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Did Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview make his predicament better or worse?

The Duke of York’s attempted to defend his reputation following the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal as he admitted he had no regrets about his friendship with the convicted paedophile.

Andrew’s television interview with BBC’s Newsnight was seen as the royal’s attempt to draw a line under his controversial relationship with the disgraced financier, and to deny publicly claims he had underage sex with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims.

He stated twice his relationship with Epstein, who died in jail while facing sex trafficking charges, had some “seriously beneficial outcomes” and it gave him the opportunity to meet people and help prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

The duke denied he slept with Mrs Giuffre on three separate occasions when questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to Pizza Express in Woking for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.

The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

The duke said the whole episode had not been damaging to the Queen, only to himself, and that the wider royal family “couldn’t be more supportive”.

When asked by Maitlis if he regretted the “whole friendship with Epstein”, the duke replied: “Now, still not and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”

Earlier in the interview, Andrew had said he was transitioning out of the Royal Navy and wanted to the know more about the world of business as he would become the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment.

Mrs Giuffre has alleged in court documents she “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” in London and New York.

Later, when aged 18, she alleges they had sex again on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein where an orgy took place.

Her allegations were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.

Maitlis quizzed the duke about the claims: “Are you saying you don’t believe her, she’s lying?”

The duke replied: “That’s a very difficult thing to answer because I’m not in a position to know what she’s trying to achieve, but I can tell you categorically I don’t remember meeting her at all.

“I do not remember a photograph being taken and I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever.”

Did you watch the interview? What are your views? Was he ill-advised to agree to public scrutiny or did this interview give him the opportunity to state his case?

Did Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview make his predicament better or worse?

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VeraS
3 days ago
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He has always been a pompous nobody glad he has got his comeuppance
Polly-Rae
23rd Nov 2019
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What truly irks, apart from the fact it is all a little bit late in the day, is that he quite clearly felt all he had to was explain to the people that he’s made a dreadful mistake and we’d doff our caps, say “beggin’ your pardon sir” and be on our way. He’s misguided; he’s been ill advised and the man simply does not care. He only cares that he’s been found out. He is the thorn in the crown.

It’s lunacy to suggest we don’t need the Royal family, of course we do. We have more to gain as a nation, than lose from having them. What else would tourists bother to come London for? However a total shakeup of personnel (Royal and otherwise) and some of the crazy outdated ceremonies and procedures, is well over due. Maybe give the young royals a chance to shine, in their own way.
Sylvie57
23rd Nov 2019
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You make some really valid points but one dosnt sit well with me you talk about tourists coming to London I know a few people who come here from other countries and never visit london the royal family doesnt appeal to every one the culture is more of what people want to see
Polly-Rae
24th Nov 2019
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Fair point Sylvie. Although I do still feel that a London itself offers mostly royal attractions to lure tourists. I hail from Portsmouth and it is steeped in incredible history.
Sylvie57
24th Nov 2019
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I'm from yorkshire and find that Americans are fascinated with us they come here to yorkshire so they can find out about our history I know this is the same in other parts of the country as well it's not about the royals as much as it used to be I think the fascinating with the royals is diminishing just my point of view talking to people from other countries
CateyM
22nd Nov 2019
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I think he has got too cocky and thinks he is superior to everyone else. I feel sorry for the queen and her family. He is totally selfish
swaneldo
22nd Nov 2019
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It's time we sacked all the 'spares' in the royal family and let them get some proper jobs, instead of mummy giving them pocket money at the public's expense. They serve no purpose and are surplus to requirements in this day and age.
chinagirl2103
22nd Nov 2019
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It didn't do him any favours. Would have thought we could have been better advised. Lots of nasty comments about him being a freeloader but he did serve more than 20 years in the royal navy and was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.
Alicia
22nd Nov 2019
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Could it get worse ???? LOL
ElainePeony
20th Nov 2019
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The P. Andy has been given permission to withdraw from public life by his mummy!
He can hide away and pretend, but we know what a flyboy he is....fluttering eyes, stern stares ..they were SO telling about his knowing of his alleged immoral involvement in the life of his friend, the abuser of young females.
Yay! He can do what he wants now with his loadsamoney. Revolting thought, that now he can just have a lifetime holiday...a bit like his Aunt?
RabHaw
19th Nov 2019
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Thomasina well said . Good to see some common sense around here !
Thomasina
19th Nov 2019
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Sorry, but Prince Andrews appearance only convinced me of his guilt. He looked so shifty. I wondered trust him as far as....etc.
Doesn’t the whole notion of ‘Royal’ family and the ridiculous term ‘Your Royal Highness’ make others feel like me...that it’s time we moved on from the outdated concept of ‘Royalty’ and all the baggage not to say cost that goes with it.
It’s not enough to say that the royal family bring revenue in the form of tourism....everything that comes with it...cloying subservience, lavish expenditure etc is all wrong in this day and age.
I don’t wish them any physical harm but the immediate family should be pensioned off when the present Queen dies and the rest, like the obnoxious Andrew should find out what it’s like to earn a crust in the real world.
RabHaw
19th Nov 2019
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The guy is wading deeper and deeper into the mire the more he stutters and stammers in an attempt to justify the mess he is in , Why stay more than one night in the home of a convicted paedophile and say he was trying to end their friendship .! As they would say in down town Glasgow - " chuck us a tattie ! "
Lionel
18th Nov 2019
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The only reason Prince Andrew is facing such a vitriolic and barbaric press is that he is a Royal, second son of the Queen.

It's not illegal for a man to have sex with a 17 year old girl, providing she consents and it's legal in the country it takes place. The photo of Ms Roberts with Andrew doesn't look like she's protesting too much!

If it is revealed as a truth he had sex with below 16 year old girls that's a different matter entirely.

We wait to see.
Bluebell2
20th Nov 2019
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She was a victim of underage grooming and trafficking, educate yourself before blaming the victims!
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/
Lionel
20th Nov 2019
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Perhaps you would read again my post above. I blame no-one, accuse no-one and defend no one. Unlike the press I prefer to be even handed and work from known facts.



As yet we read allegations, nothing more. As far as I am aware Ms Roberts being a victim of grooming and trafficking is unproven, therefore mere press speculation at best.

As matters stand the person with all to lose is Andrew; the person with most to gain is Ms Roberts. A little unbalanced, don't you think? That fact leads me to wonder ...

Let us await the outcome of a full judicial hearing before hurling clods of mud. Must has a habit of sticking to the wrong person.
Marisia
20th Nov 2019
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The issue is if was a victim of trafficking or similar...

It’s possible she had to look smiley and happy or face consequences..
Lionel
20th Nov 2019
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You're quite right Marisia and I wouldn't argue with you. But it remains a fact nothing is yet proven in a court of law. Everything remains speculation or worse, press hype to sell advertising space. How low will these newshounds stoop?

I read a little while ago Andrew has ceased all Royal work until further notice, and that he will co-operate with relevant authorities to the full. A wise move. Perhaps Federal agencies and the Met will get some facts together to make a case.
CaroleAH
22nd Nov 2019
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Well said, Lionel. Obviously it is absolutely abhorrent for young women to be trafficked as sex slaves/prostitutes but what I cannot understand is how and where, or even if, these girls were imprisoned by Epstein and his minions and how was this 17 year old Ms Guifre "made" to have sex with Prince Andrew? Was she threatened with violence or death if she didn't comply or is it more likely that she hoped there would be some monetary gain for her? Another woman says that Epstein raped her for two years - was she shackled to his bed all that time or kept imprisoned? Prince Andrew has been an absolute idiot and I feel sorry for the Queen but, like you Lionel, I'm reserving judgement until the whole truth emerges - not just salacious gossip.
Lionel
23rd Nov 2019
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Your post is packed with wisdom, Carole. Thankyou. So much alleged material has been taken as fact which clearly it is not. Reputations are being shattered by this drivel and even Prince Andrew might end up like Edward 8th, an exile from his own country. And for what? A pack of lies?

It grieves me to say I don't see much justice for Andrew in the future. Yes, his actions and words were ill judged. Who hasn't done and said things they spend years regretting? I know I have.

Someone above has made the point there are girls who willingly engage in dubious pursuits with mainly older, privileged or famous men. I think sometimes that must be the case, perhaps with Epstein as well.

There's a lot to be said for living on farms, away from it all.
Sylvie57
23rd Nov 2019
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Reading all comments fact is she was very young and impressable and she should not have been invited to that party she was always going to get taken advantage of
Lionel
24th Nov 2019
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Of course, I agree with you Sylvie. How could any reasonable person argue? But the fact remains morality is not generally a matter for the media or even less the courts.

That stands until a law is proven to have been breached at which point it is at the discretion of police forces/federal agencies to prosecute.
almera05
18th Nov 2019
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He has joined the ranks of Trump and Johnson as big fat liars !
JosieB69
18th Nov 2019
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Surfer Pete
18th Nov 2019
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The idiot Andrew is clearly as bad at lying as he seems to be at everything else he tries his hand at.

Just ask his royal protection officers where he was on the relevant dates!
ElainePeony
20th Nov 2019
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I just wonder if that’s been done, he’s been shown the evidence and the squirming started and the spin with attendant lies created. He’s got his big fat £income and now he’s got the rationale to be a full blown nonentity on a flesh pot Caribbean Island..just like his louch Aunt Margaret..who believed her “Royalty “ made her special and deserving of everything free if charge, that other people had to work 12 hour days just to survive. Andrew is a Royal Prat, with an inflated sense of his own importance..now he has been teathered to a lifetime of selfish boring indulgence..watch out for the reclusive, fat, bald Prince! The Paparazzi will be doing so.
MaggieF2
18th Nov 2019
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Cringeable who ever advised him should be Fired !!!!
Sometimes best to keep your mouth shut your an embarrassment
To your mother and Family
Nobody believes you anyway absolute disgrace
Wipeout
18th Nov 2019
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I do not believe that this interview did Prince Andrew any favours at all.

For those saying that we are paying this idiot/fool etc, etc ... Andrew gets next to nothing for his PR duties, he has a private income and pensions ( Investor, Army officer, military personnel,
Fighter pilot,) roughly half of their annual income is spent on official duties and travel, while a quarter goes to the tax man. The remaining £6.6 million ($8.9 million) goes to Charles' children, "non-official" purchases and a royal savings account.

Some of the comments I have read previous to me writing this do not really do people's intelligence any justice either, there are a few bitter views.

I notice how no one has mentioned the underage 17 year old girl drinking and partying in a high class nightclub (Tramps) and the fact she could have walked out of the same door she came in.

Just thought I would put this in the mix.
MaggieF2
18th Nov 2019
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Correct she could have but he is in a position and meant to act accordingly not like a sleaze just saying !!!!
Bald123
18th Nov 2019
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What a fiasco. What annoys me is I am paying with my taxs for this fool to flying all over the world, play golf and play with girls. Maybe it is all of us who are stupid not him. I love the Queen she is wonderful but all the shower around her like Andrew are just a total joke and especially as the great British public are paying for them all. They need to get out and do a proper days work.
Bluebell2
20th Nov 2019
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How do the British tax payers pay him? The Sovereign Grant (a fraction of the amount the Crown Estate pays INTO the Treasury) is paid directly to the Queen for specific purposes. She supports her family when doing work for her, the country, Commonwealth and charities from her own PRIVATE tax paid money from the Duchy of Lancaster.
Last year the Crown Estate and taxes paid by the Queen and Charles amounted to over £350 million. The Sovereign Grant was £82.2 million. Pretty good value!
dolly80dimple
17th Nov 2019
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I personally think he is digging a big hole for himself & on being interviewed on Television he was I'll advised, all me me me.
SheenaM82
17th Nov 2019
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Why is this guy receiving our financial support?
Bluebell2
20th Nov 2019
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MaryPoppins56
17th Nov 2019
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I couldn't believe what I was hearing!! The interview was riddled with contradictions. He showed zero empathy for the victims and he finished the friendship ) with Epstein only because he was concerned about the attention being on him not because Epstein was a child abuser.This is the same friendship that he said wasn't with Epstein but with his girlfriend, Gislaine Maxwell. I could go on and destroy that interview in great detail. He wouldn't stand a chance if he was interviewed by a barrister. Emily Maitliss did a fantastic job. I don't believe Andrew will ever recover his reputation after this!!
Its one thing to be accused of being'Randy Andy' and another for being involved with a convicted paedophile!!
ElainePeony
17th Nov 2019
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The Duke of York receives a £249,000 annuity from the Queen.[75] The Sunday Times reported in July 2008 that for "the Duke of York's public role,... he last year received £436,000 to cover his expenses."[76] On 8 March 2011, The Daily Telegraph reported: "In 2010, the Prince spent £620,000 as a trade envoy, including £154,000 on hotels, food and hospitality and £465,000 on travel."[77]
LornaT13
17th Nov 2019
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Am I the only person who seems to be missing something here?!....

The interview last night was laughable and Prince Andrew is so obviously as guilty as sin and he had clearly been told what to say and what not to say. - a very insincere and arrogant person who knows he can never be prosecuted, for perjury if nothing else.

However, what I cannot grasp is WHY Epstein is a convicted paedophilic when this alleged victim was 17/18yrs old? She was over the age of consent and if what she says is true, she had the choice to say no and leave or even refuse to go in the first place. It seems as though the whole thing is being blown up bigger than what it is due to mass hysteria that the word paedophile actually evokes.


I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong???
MartinaP
18th Nov 2019
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I believe age of consent is 18 in USA
GwynethC8
18th Nov 2019
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I do hope that the £154k claim for hotels didn't include the times he stayed at Epstein's' house.
LornaT13
18th Nov 2019
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Is it really? How do the under-age teen mothers get away with it then. I know you can’t but alcohol under the age of 21 in the US but I thought the age of consent was 16. If that’s the case, why on earth did her parents allow her to go travelling with him then?! I can only assume it’s all to do with money and 5 mins of fame.

Thank you for enlightening me though MartinaP
LornaT13
18th Nov 2019
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Thank you for that Ian. Whilst he pleaded guilty to the charges he also stated the he believed the girls to be over 18 and in this day and age I actually quite believe it highly likely that he could have been telling the truth. Have you seen how young girls dress these days?? I would be extremely worried if I were a man having to determine the ages of some girls - in addition to which, most of them will lie about their age anyway, especially if they thought they were going to sleep with a millionaire and a prince!

I also note that a couple of multi-million dollar lawsuits were submitted prior to Epstein’s death - that alone actually explains quite a lot and speaks volumes. Child traffickers are. It usually millionaires or princes, they are usually unscrupulous gangs trafficking children from poor countries to the West. Sorry if I come across as cynical but as a woman, I have seen how many young women work these days and many would sell their souls for money and riches no matter what the consequences and in the US they know they can claim millions in damages and compensation thus leading to certain men sometimes finding themselves the victims of the scheming child women gold diggers. That is the side of the stories the press never report on. Not all men are scheming perverts but there are definitely many women who are scheming game hunters and gold diggers, especially in the US!!
spedders
18th Nov 2019
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Lor at, if you are a man of middle age and you are intending to have sex with a young woman who appears to be 18, then, as you say, since girls of under 18 can dress and seem older it seems to me to be incumbent on you to make sure they are what they say they are, rather than accepting what they say. Given what the penalties are I suggest it is definitely the experienced man's problem, not the girls. Anything else is just victim shaming.
LornaT13
19th Nov 2019
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Spedders, whilst I agree with you in part, I cannot agree to victim shaming. Yes it is incumbent in the men to check but short of getting a copy of their birth certificates, what is a man supposed to do in such circumstances? Vet her through the channels of the local registry offices?? I am certainly not victim blaming as I acknowledge that there are many young girls who are taken advantage of but any girls under the age of 18yrs old should still be the responsibility of their parents or guardians and as such the responsibility of young girls flying around the world with millionaires and princes should be laid firmly at the door of the said parents or guardians. Over the age of 18 then the girls themselves have a choice. I say this because I feel very strongly that men are often the victims in such cases when women choose to shout rape or sexual abuse merely for their own interests whilst the men they are accusing are often not guilty of any offence yet it is those men whose names are dragged through the mud and are never able to fully recover from it. I say that as a woman who has seen and looks at both sides of any potential situations because I hate that men are constantly being demonised when young women don't get what they want and it makes a complete mockery of genuine rape and abuse cases.
Bluebell2
20th Nov 2019
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Perhaps you should research what grooming is, and how it affects the emotional, mental and physical aspects of the CHILDREN who are groomed. She was 14 when Epstein started with her.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/
MaryPoppins56
22nd Nov 2019
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The age of consent in the us is 17 and Epstein has been accused of having sex with girls as young as 12. Trafficking is a very serious offence in the US, the UK and the Virgin Islands so I don't think it is blown out of all proportion.
MaryPoppins56
22nd Nov 2019
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Not every teeanager has caring parents. Their parents may have drug or alcohol problems or may have been abusive and neglectful parents who the girls were trying to escape from. From what I have gathered they were all from very poor backgrounds.
ElainePeony
17th Nov 2019
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What an arrogant, self important person he continues to be.

He has been always flaunting his “Royalty “ to be given money and privileges....why should WE the Taxpayers, GIVE him £300.000 per year from the Privy Purse, to ponce about on jets flying to a made up “job”? WE paid for his trips to New York, to alleged orgy island parties, he didn’t .totally disgusting.

He is simply a Playboy, like his relative Edward, .....another man who considered himself to be too important to do anything except be a “Royal”.

we all knew Andrew was an Officer in the Armed Forces, hence him using the expression “it was unbecoming”. He was using the Courts Marshal expression, “Conduct Unbecoming to an Officer” about an American CIVIlLIAN...Shame on him.
In addition, his ridiculous denial about his conduct is a tissues of lies..he should stop squirming, stand up to the scrutiny of the law, and relinquish his claim for money from the Taxpayer
SheenaM82
17th Nov 2019
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Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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While I don't disagree on most of your opinions, I feel obliged to point out that the Privy Purse is the Queen's private money, not from the tax payer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privy_Purse
ElainePeony
17th Nov 2019
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The Duke of York receives a £249,000 annuity from the Queen.[75] The Sunday Times reported in July 2008 that for "the Duke of York's public role,... he last year received £436,000 to cover his expenses."[76] On 8 March 2011, The Daily Telegraph reported: "In 2010, the Prince spent £620,000 as a trade envoy, including £154,000 on hotels, food and hospitality and £465,000 on travel."[77]
Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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All that was before the Civil List was abolished. Even then, He did not directly receive money from the tax payer.

The last British monarch to receive Civil List payments was Elizabeth II. The Civil List for her reign lasted from her accession in 1952 until its abolition in 2012. During this period the Queen, as head of state, used the Civil List to defray some of the official expenditure of the monarchy.
Only the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen Mother ever received direct funding from the Civil List.[4] The Prince of Wales and his immediate family (the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry) received their income from the Duchy of Cornwall. The state duties and staff of other members of the Royal Family were funded from a parliamentary annuity, the amount of which was fully refunded by the Queen to the treasury.[5] The Queen's consort (Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) received £359,000 per year.[6] The Queen was permitted to claim these amounts as a deduction against her gross income from personal investments and other sources—the net amount, after deductions, was subject to normal income tax.
JOHNEFF
17th Nov 2019
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He tried to minimise the alleged offence by waiting till election fever was rife. He was just a randy Andy. Keep denying it you might even believe it yourself.
Mary Lincoln
17th Nov 2019
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Worst,it was obvious he was up against a wall and lied. Why not tell the truth and shame the . We all know he is one for the ladies, it's been so in the royalty around the world. He is not a favourite among the population because he abused his position.
ElainePeony
17th Nov 2019
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I doubt his penchant was for Ladies. His reputation for being Randy Andy wasn’t without foundation. His girlfriends were many and various, do you recall Koo Stark? His attitude of

Rank Has It’s Privilege

fuelled his sense of right to take what he wanted....he expected women to be his by “virtue” of his position.


..Queen Mary did the same...but only material goods from wherever she visited. If she liked it, it was hers, and she took it, as she owned the kingdom and all in it, so by right, everything was hers. The upperclass dreaded her visiting...they used to hide anything they wanted to keep away from her, otherwise it would be claimed for Royalty.
Yodama
17th Nov 2019
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I was absolutely dumfounded at his stumbling statement that he "couldn't sweat" because of overloaded adrenalin in the Falklands war.

Managed to play the "health" card, "hero" card in one go.
Hope all the other Falkland veterans who were in the thick of it are okay!

The truth will out:

Poppycock.
StephanieC34
17th Nov 2019
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I don`t understand why He needed that odious Person to creaet contacts He is Royal and if that can`t do it what can?
Silly silly Man
Yodama
17th Nov 2019
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Not the first Royal to have odious freinds, brother Charles had a close relationship with Jimmy Savile, who, by the way, also advised him in his personal life.

More skulduggery, Epstein lent his wife Sarah quite a bit of money. ( Wonder if she has to pay it back now?)
Yagala
17th Nov 2019
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I really think people are silly trying to talk around the truth specially when it is more than clear that they are trying to evade it when it is in plain sight.
No matter if you are a Royal or just the man in the street.
Be a man and come straight out into the light.The trouble being that some Royals think their use of a toilet stink less than someone else's.
as we are all humans, we are all fallible.
Ian123
17th Nov 2019
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Further to my entry a few hours ago, I couldn’t contain my curiosity, so I went onto the internet.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/prince-andrews-ploy-protect-himself-20886956.amp
Catching onto this politically correct lark, I must point out that other views are available in other newspapers.
Billythequiche
17th Nov 2019
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I have always been a Royalist but not this type of royal. Perhaps he could take a diplomatic or business post that would necessitate his living abroad. Not expressing empathy or sympathy for the victims was abhorrent. His only "honourable" way forward is to distance himself from the rest of the Royal Family to prevent taint.
Wilf
17th Nov 2019
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Dear me. What a fiasco. Who on earth advised Andrew to do this? It was a fiasco. He can remember Pizza Express in Woking back in 2001? I cannot even remember what I had for breakfast and I am a similar age! It all smells a bit fishy if you ask me. If he is guilty-not good. If he is innocent then he should take her to court and sue as that will get the truth out. All this has done is raise a lot more questions. "Stupid is as stupid does!"
bob scott
17th Nov 2019
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Prince Andrews, mannerisms stiff upper lip blow it over my shoulder and it will go away?
Jontina
17th Nov 2019
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He dug a massive hole for himself !! Probably would have been better if he’d used a JCB !! would have been quicker and less embarrassing for all concerned!!
Gardenmad
17th Nov 2019
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A PR expert on TV this morning suggested that his interview was ".....a car crash in slow motion". Nicely put!
Sunfunmama
17th Nov 2019
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Prince Andrew said he needed to tell Epstein face to face so went to see him. That was a conversation no requirement for him to stay on for several days.
I have also read that Epstein didn't commit suicide which if true adds to the whole story.
We are all more obsessed with knowing the truth these days and less likely to find it out I think
MaryPoppins56
17th Nov 2019
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There was not requirement for him to go in the first place. He could have got his personal secretary to phone Epstein and kept well clear of him.
LornaT13
17th Nov 2019
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I also read that it is believed that Epstein was murdered before his trial because there were a lot of high profile names involved who were going to be made public as a result and the Clinton’s were one name that has been mentioned. From what I’ve read on many media outlets, I don’t for one moment believe that Epstein took his own life and Prince Andrew k owe that. A typical seedy cover up from the higher echelons of society by those either side of the Pond
LuckyOne
22nd Nov 2019
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I agree with you. Epstein wouldn't be the first criminal to be murdered in prison.
Seems to me the Queen is the only royal who leads an unblemished life.
I wonder if Andrew will continue to be the Queen's favourite when the situation gets worse (as it will) with all the US investigations etc.
Dezzi
17th Nov 2019
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I believe that Prince Andrew made a great error agreeing to be interviewed, (whether he was advised to or not.). I feel extremely sorry for the Queen as some of her family appear to have forgotten how to behave as Royals. That is say nothing, admit nothing and keep it in the family.
Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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So inviting a paedophile into a Royal palace is 'behaving Royal' as long as you keep quiet about it? There have been several scandals involving members of the Royal family, but this is on a different level, it is alleged illegal. Note he never uttered a word of sympathy to the trafficked girls, he was only concerned about himself.

I don't feel sorry for the Queen at all, she should not have indulged him so much and for so long, appearing all smiles on the way to church beside him when the scandal was at its peak was foolish at best!
Dezzi
17th Nov 2019
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You have suggested that I agree with your first sentence and that is a total misjudgement. Yes, here have been previous scandals but who are we to judge. As for your saying our Queen has indulged Prince Andrew, I question how you can confirm in that. Every one has views and of course not all will agree. I merely shared my thoughts in writing as offered by Silversurfers to comment, and don’t intend to get into a controversy on this subject and I closing this page.
Margaret Hart
17th Nov 2019
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Sorry I pressed add before I’d finished. I think he was stupid agreeing to the interview as it was a very bid gamble which I think has made things worse and the country do not believe him.
Margaret Hart
17th Nov 2019
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I think he may well be his fathers son as we won’t live long enough to hear everything which will leak after he dies and I hope it is also after the Queen dies.
Patman 53
17th Nov 2019
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This is simply another example of Randy Andy showing poor judgement about the friends he keeps
Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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That implies you believe all the bs he spouted, he never did anything wrong, he never noticed dozens of under age girls, he wasn't aware of the orgies (despite lots of photos of him on boats with very scantily clad nubettes, it was just ;the friends he keeps' Amazing!
ChristineD628
17th Nov 2019
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My opinion is, 'Guilty as charged.' He was an adult and a member of the Royal Family and he knew what he was doing.
BUGSEY2
17th Nov 2019
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He is lying through his back teeth he is not like us as he regards us as his loyal subjects who have to agree with his bull crap!!!!!!! No doubr he will get away with it because of what he's been born into. If it was the likes of me who has acted the way he has then I would be locked up. Truely disgusting.
marianpdainty
17th Nov 2019
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Absolutely, funniest thing I’ve watched all year, absolutely total lies, who does he think we all are, for one not as stupid as him.....
BUGSEY2
18th Nov 2019
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Well put I'm fed up of all the royals white washing us their humble servants?? That they have the moral right to behave the way that they do that goes for the lot of them. It made me laugh when the duchess of pork (fergie) came out in his defence when she is just as bad!!!! They think we are thick it's about time we got rid of them.
MrsPat
17th Nov 2019
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I believe him. I get the impression he has had a lot of "flirtations" and maybe had so many he just cannot remember another one especially as his life looks like it has been so busy. Remember "Air Miles Andy". He was flying all over the world for years.
marianpdainty
17th Nov 2019
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MrsPat
17th Nov 2019
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My view is she was "possibly" one of many and he cannot remember as there where so many!.
Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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Great news! I have a bridge I can sell you, send me £2million, and I'll put it in the next post, promise!
MaryPoppins56
17th Nov 2019
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These weren't just 'flirtations' he is being accused of. This is having sex with underage girls who had been trafficked. That interview shows he is a liar or he is incredibly stupid.
LornaT13
17th Nov 2019
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How is 17/18yrs under age??
Ian123
17th Nov 2019
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It just goes to show the arrogance of the man to believe that he could pull this off.
I can’t wait for the body language experts to give their analysis.
Utterly repugnant.
Munsterlander
17th Nov 2019
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Interesting interview. I have always thought of Prince Andrew as a sort of "Nice but dim" sort of chap. I have to say that the interview only strengthened this view. What I do not understand is he may well be innocent so why on earth doesn't he just say. "I never met her, I know nothing about this and I would be delighted to it to go to a court of law to justify my innocence"...instead of blustering about and saying he cannot remember and if it went to a court of law he would have to ask his lawyers to look at it first? mmmm the jury is still out for me I'm afraid.
MaryPoppins56
17th Nov 2019
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I agree with you completerly. Anyone who is innocent would be chomping at the bit to make a statement under oath. Why all the flanelling? Also, I noticed he went into detail about his sweating 'problem'. Anyone who is innocent would just say, 'this is all irrelavent as I was never there'.
Rick57
17th Nov 2019
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Why the Queen and Prince Andrew agreed to this interview, I have no idea. This is nobody's business except Prince Andrew's.
Munsterlander
17th Nov 2019
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Well I suppose it affects the whole Royal Family but I do think he was badly advised to do it but then he is probably surrounded by a load of sycophants.
Bluebell2
17th Nov 2019
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So the girls who were trafficked don't matter then? Good to know!
Felix1
17th Nov 2019
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Marley444
17th Nov 2019
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I have never sat squirming in front of the TV as much as I did watching this interview! What was he thinking? I can't believe that he agreed to it in the first place or was even allowed to talk publicly about it either. He didn't appear to have concrete credible answers for many of the questions and seems to be suffering from amnesia when it suits him! There is no smoke without fire ... surely if he was totally innocent he would have been a lot more convincing than he was??? The poor Queen ... I can't imagine what she must be thinking.
Munsterlander
17th Nov 2019
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I agree the poor Queen. Never put one step wrong in about 70 years. A shining light in this country. The MPs etc and most of the royals are a bunch of Pygmies in comparison. She will be remembered as a great monarch. Prince Andy on the other hand? It's a shame for the Queen.
Marley444
17th Nov 2019
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He should follow the Queen's mantra ... 'never complain, never explain' ... I think they all should!

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