“Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronages are being returned to Queen Elizabeth II at her behest in the wake of his ongoing legal battle with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement sent to Fox News that the reigning monarch, 95, agreed to accept the returned accolades.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the statement read. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
One royal source also claimed that the Duke of York will no longer use “His Royal Highness” or HRH in any official capacity.”
Comment: The royal princes, dukes, etc., have closets full of uniforms of every service in every grade imaginable for the purpose of decking them out as “leaders” (symbolic leaders to be sure) of the British military (or whatever is left of it). Nothing like that exists in the US where it is a crime to impersonate a soldier.
They also receive a lot of money from various bits and pieces of national activity that are in the crown’s “gift.”
Ah, well, it’s a British thing. We have the Harris/Biden Administration and its pursuit of utopia. pl
Prince Andrew is the bright, shiny bauble intended to divert attention from US and other power players caught in the Epstine Maxwell operation. He had no real power, is not in line for the throne and hence is expendable. The bauble is doing its job; I suspect we won’t learn about the legion of others.
Someone please explain how he was supposed to know the smiling young thing was underage.
Where were his Special Branch minders??
Could be, but this Hanoverian usurper is also a piece of shit.
Colonel – there’s been an awareness of Prince Andrew’s activities in the Stans for some time. Some foolish remarks reported over a decade ago (“The Great Game” etc) showed him to be an unsuitable UK representative for that region. Or indeed any other.
Recent disclosures resulting from the spotlight being on Kazahkstan have sharpened that awareness to active distaste. None say corrupt – but the amount of money floating around cannot but indicate that.
As for the Epstein connection, I fail to understand why his security detail didn’t keep him well clear. A silly dissolute man who needed a minder rather more than he needed a guard.
Most adult males, however involved, would have had the question of “age” in their mind. He thought he was getting something for, ahem, nothing. Well well.
Let me make a small change to the ancient unction …”the Queen is dead. The Queen is dead”. I believe we are witnessing the death of the “royal” family and with it will go any raison d’etre for the Lairds n Ladies as well.
In the now-famous photograph the “smiling young thing” is plainly a very young thing. Andrew is the father of two daughters.
He remains in the line of succession (as does Harry of Montecito). Over the years Andrew has wielded a lot of soft power as a “trade ambassador” mainly trading off his name.
We know about Andrew chiefly because of Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit and his own catastrophic BBC interview. Ghislaine Maxwell may try to make a deal but I too wonder how much prosecutors really want to know.
But she was not underage in the UK, as she was over 16 at the time, so his minders would just look on, probably enviously!.
I am surprised that more has not been made of this point. Basically he was a randy, single toff offered a willing and nubile 17 year old for some fun.
If that had been his initial defence, the publicity balloon in the UK would have gone nowhere, protecting to a great degree his position here. But he was clearly not the kind of man to do that.
The offense occurred in the US, not Britain.
In both countries it seems.
My comment was limited to the public reaction and his subsequent disgrace here in the UK which may have been very different if what he did had been explained as being perfectly legal here.
He would of course still have been legally exposed in the US but to us in the UK that would have been less important, our Law naturally being more important than yours, to us at least.
I don’t like the man at all and whatever he gets he deserves but I do find it interesting that he has obviously been selected as the fall guy. An unimportant to anyone in power and disliked by virtually everyone minor royal. Almost straight out of central casting.
One wonders how many powerful people are thinking ‘there but the grace of God go I’.
He should dig out the Webley; he’s lost the colours.
We also kicked Hunter out our military for smoking crack. I doubt that would happen today. I think that was the last group of officers with integrity who booted him out. Salute to them and no more saluting this chump prince.
Hunter could lead a “diversity” class and the current USN “leadership” would lap that up.
Why weren’t all this stripped when he was cavorting with a convicted sex offender? The British monarchy stinks on this. No one should accept any lectures from them on morality.
re:The British monarchy stinks on this
They stink all over. Consider the knighting of that lying ziocon poodle, Tony Blair.
More like we have Goldman Sachs. Biden is our Johnson.
Let’s see if they take back Blair’s knighthood.
One can only wonder how long before we get the big reality check.
I don’t disagree with COL Lang’s response to Claudius, but I recall that Andrew did serve with some distinction during the 1982 war with Argentina over the Falklands. Too bad Andrew let the little ‘brain’ between his legs do his thinking for him in his old age.
So what? I have fought in a lot of wars but never stooped to screw teens.
That was a year or so after first partying with Epstein, who at the time was almost a decade old than himself, and all the young woman the later brought with him. His moral education wasn’t lacking, he chose to act the way he did. Now he is reaping the rewards for doing so.
I wonder if our DoJ has the cojones to prosecute the next perpetrator in the Epstein pedo ring? Our very own philandering Prince.
Sheesh, after years of drama surrounding All Things Epstein, is Prince Andrew going to be the only one outed and scapegoated? Why are the MSM so un-curious about Epstein associates who are Americans, who the courts, DOJ, FBI, etc., seem to be protecting via sealed evidence?
Unfortunately we will not be able to extradite him to take his place on Riker’s Island.
How are the children of Rotherham doing? How about all the other ‘johns’ in the Epstein saga, still safely anonymous thanks to a Comey prosecution?
Another inbred failure.
English monarchy is a sad joke.
The US DOJ is the legal arm of the swamp, totally corrupt and politicized.
NEVER prosecute any swamp creature – except a particularly stupid Republican.
Ghislane Maxwell allegedly drops opposition to protecting John Does in the little “black book”:
The Crown serves an important function; it keeps the ultimate source of power out of the grubby hands of politicians. That power might only be exercised once in a lifetime, but it is a real power and woe betide any politician who forgets it.
Of course Andrew is a dimwit, but the system is designed to work despite dimwits.
I fail to understand why anyone who has lived through the wars between President Trump and Congress could find fault with the Westminster system.
Meanwhile, I’m watching a live stream of Novak Djockovic vs. the Australian Government in the Federal Court and, to me, it looks like Djockovic is winning. Ain’t democracy grand?
And when was that balancing effect last exercised in the UK or Australia? You think all that money from what is effectively the public till is worth that? Your comment about Trump and the Congress is meaningless. The UK PM (and yours) fight with parliamentarians all the time.
Col. Lang, with respect, it’s not a “balancing effect” its an umpiring job. If they do it right, you will never see them apear to act at all.
The last time it was required in Australia was 1975 when a left wing Prime Minister decided to be creative in governing without a budget passed by parliament. The Governor General (The Queens representative, nominated by the Australian Government) fired him and called a fresh Federal election.
I cannot speak for the UK but I suggest that the monarchy keeps the politicians, judges, military and public service on at least as sound foundation as the American system. Its cheap compared to civil war and rampant corruption – and then there is the entertainment and tourism value.
“it’s not a “balancing effect” its an umpiring job” Quibbling over words. A monarchist through and through.
A Monarchist? Yes a constitutional one. Show me a republic that isn’t a few years from civil war.
I do not trust ANY politician with absolute power, at least not without a citizenry armed to the teeth and ready to dispute the politicians excesses.
How are all those checks and balances in the American political system working out for you lately?
I seem to remember a civil war in England in the 17th Century. We have a big problem in that a cabal of Marxists are attempting a coup from within the system using demented ol man as their instrument. Whether he prefers to think of himself as Danton o Robespierre is unclear. SCOTUS seems to be resisting that. They are one of the balances.
The Covid isolation camps fill; employment, healthcare and education are denied for lack of vaccination. (And access to ‘hospitality venues’.)
What is her majesty, the ultimate source of power, doing while the “grubby hands of politicians” impose these restrictions?
Ain’t the Westminster system grand?
What was Her Majesty’s response to the actions of grubby handed politicians in government who held themselves unaccountable to its own laws?
Djockovic, brave multi-millionaire fighting for the right – to make more money! Hooray! Meanwhile small businesses are closed, non-millionaires declared “non-essential” and the rest of the elites enjoy their increasing concentration of wealth, and legal exemptions – occasional minor inconveniences, while as the song put it, “The lawyers clean up all details Since daddy had to lie Oh, but I know a place where we can go And wash away this sin….”
Covid reality is The End of the Innocence.
Fred, thanks or asking.
Excellent video – McGowan is the leader of the State of West Australia. Yes, he has virtually sealed off that State and kept it Covid free for two years – nobody gets in without quarantine, etc. He is aided in this by a little matter of about a thousand miles of desert between him and us.
That means no masks, no lockdowns and business as usual for the last two years . The rest of us have been struggling with masks, contact tracing and Covid while these West Australians are sipping their skinny latte on the promenades, listening to the cash registers as they watch the Iron ore loaders filling Chinese ships
I watched Djokovics legal team in action last night; after Novak aced the first game, when the judge ruled him “In”, the Feds came back last night with a serve of “cancelled visa because its not in the public interest yadda, yadda”.
It looks like Djocko’s legal eagles will try a backhand volley of “estoppel” in about four hours since the Feds are no longer serving “health risk’ and instead yelling “public interest”. My umpire says you can’t make up reasons as you go in legal tennis and that ball will be over the line.
Actually, Cream had the gist of it back in the day with their song, Politician. Here they are in 2005 at a reunion concert performing this. Not too many words in the lyrics, but those there are are well chosen.
Can’t resist a little aside… This band was the first one I ever saw live, me, the shortwave radio listening geek, and my ham radio operator friend. Big round canvas tent, at which I saw Broadway summer stock with my parents. Well, not that night, chilluns. We sat 6 rows back, and when Ginger Baker came out and nailed his bass drum to the floor, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. They tried to use the house PA for vocals, but it didn’t stand a chance against the amps, so they gave that up for a bad job, and those three young lions, at the height of their youthful powers, just jammed ’til the cows came home. Awestruck, we took it all in.
Eric Clapton suffered some very bad effects from the Vexx, and told anyone who was listening about it. Good on him.
Well, time for a little “comic relief”, don’t you think? Here’s a little video from a “comedian” – Ghislaine Maxwell Trial – Everything We DIDN’T Learn. Reminds us of a few salient facts that we probably never even learned (all hail The Media!).
Seldom is the big, fat finger of corruption so visible in the workings of the “justice” system as here laid out. Eyes wide shut, indeed.
This is my personal opinion.
Ghislaine maxwell is getting her revenge on those who did her father in.She has the proof and one by one they will face the music.Weinstein,epstein,prince chimp,Billy boy,…..on and on.
The trial is a ruse to expose it all.
She played them all.
The whoremonger Prince and his pecadilloes seem to be a misdirection play. Screwing a hooker 20 years ago is a non-issue. What is continually ignored are the five W’s. Particularly Why? and What? Andy definitely had taste for shite when it came to mates, and certainly didn’t mind having a horse stable for a family tree, but the major question is just what was going on behind the scenes with Epstein. It would be nice to find out what the Penile Prince knows about the high level honeypot operation ran by Epstein. The idea of him coming to the US will not happen. While screwing a prostitute is not something to fall on one’s sword over, treasonous conduct is another. The Hanoverian clan does seem to be rife with potential clones of Edward VIII though. Hapless Harry is a definite example of overt treason, though only the Men in Grey Suits will know of Andy’s degree of exposure. Since leading a Forlorn Hope is out of fashion today, we can only expect him to be installed in a garret somewhere under watchful eyes.
Too bad about those pretty uniforms though. He’ll only get to wear those for Halloween now.
The Andrew formerly known as ‘Prince’. 😉
Your comments that ‘the royal princes, dukes, etc., have closets full of uniforms of every service in every grade’ may be true for some, but you will find that Prince Andrew was in fact a real serving officer in the Royal Navy, gaining his green beret and serving as a sub-lieutenant in the 1982 Falklands war where he piloted Sea King helicopters on the sea carrier Invincible – he saw alot of the fighting and like other RN pilots was was very much in danger during the war. As far as I am aware he remained with the RN becoming a Senior Pilot in the Naval Air Squadron flying Lyax, Sea Kings, Gazelles, indeed the full range of helicopters that the RN have/had. So regardless what one may or may not think of him, he is a genuine navy veteran
I was aware of that. It was a youthful adventure. I am marginally impressed and was then.
Bill, I’ve got a bridge in West Palm Beach to sell? He had to leave the board of Microsoft because of credible sexual harassment allegations.
I’m waiting for an intrepid reporter to ask Larry Summers about his association with Epstein.
Prince Andrew’s peccadilloes have been known for quite some time.
Here’s a Johnny Carson clip.