Mirror royal editor Russell Myers says Prince Andrew’s friends have told him the Duke of York still feels he has much to offer for public life – despite stepping back royal duty again in 2019
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Prince Andrew still feels he has much to offer in public life despite being forced to give up his royal duties, an expert said.
The Duke of York gave up public life in 2019 after his disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight where he talked about his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Earlier this week, Andrew reached an out-of-court settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre in a sex civil lawsuit filed in the US.
Meaning he has now avoided a potentially explosive trial with an alleged £12million settlement. Andrew has consistently denied the allegations against him.
In a statement included in court documents, Andrew expressed regret over his relationship with Epstein and also vowed to support sex trafficking victims.
It read: “Prince Andrew regrets his relationship with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Miss Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.
“He pledged to express his regret over his relationship with Epstein by supporting the fight against sex trafficking and by supporting its victims.”
And the above True Royal TV’s Royal editor Russell Myers of The Royal Beat, Daily Mirror says this could be Andrew’s way of positioning himself to return to public life.
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He explains: “The language used in [settlement] announced that Prince Andrew would help sex trafficking victims. Is this you positioning yourself to try and renew yourself in the public eye?
“Talking to his friends this week – they say he still feels he has a lot to offer in public life again.
“I still believe he’s the only person on the planet who believes [apart from] maybe Fergie and maybe the Queen.”
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But despite this, Russell said it was “impossible” to see how he might have a mass role in the future.
He added: “He is only 61 years old, but there is no telling what future he might have.
“His daughter Princess Eugenie founded and helped run a charity for victims of human trafficking.
“Perhaps he sees it as an avenue, because maybe his family are the only ones who think they can help him at this stage.”
It comes as councilors in York are seeking to revoke Andrew’s honorary liberties over the city.
Lib Dem councilors have said they will submit a petition to begin the process of removing Prince Andrew’s Honorary Freedoms, which he has held since 1987.
Earlier, it was reported that Andrew was also facing calls for an extension to renounce his Duke of York.
Labor MP Rachael Maskell, who represents York Central, said Andrew had to remove his affiliation with the city due to an out-of-court settlement reached with Virginia Giuffre.
She said: “Although it is with relief that Prince Andrew has finally admitted and expressed regret for his close relationship with convicted sex offender and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, His long delays and initial response to the allegations and Ms. Giuffre have been deeply hurtful and embarrassing to many people across the city.
“Bringing a title creates an ambassadorial relationship with that place, and for somewhere with a global reputation, such as York, this is extremely important.
“It is commendable that he has now pledged to support the fight against sex trafficking and its victims.
“To show his seriousness in this effort, and his respect for those affected by abuse and our city dwellers, I ask that the first action be taken. His request was to confirm his support for the withdrawal of his dukedom.”
The Royal Beat – available on True Royal TV.
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