Friday January 14th 2022
No comment while walking
Prince Charles ignores question about Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew is expected to defend himself in court against Virginia Giuffre’s allegations of abuse in the fall – as a private individual, not as a member of the British royal family. His brother, heir to the throne Charles, also makes that clear. He ignores iron questions to Andrew on a walk.
Prince Charles obviously has no interest in commenting on the abuse allegations against his brother Prince Andrew. On a visit to Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the 73-year-old heir to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II ignored a question from a reporter, as a recording of “Sky News” shows. Instead, Charles greets two other men who appear to be showing him around the countryside.
The British Queen had withdrawn all military ranks and royal patronage from her son, who was sued in the United States, on Thursday. Prince Andrew has “returned his military affiliations and royal patronage to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. He will continue to take no public duties and will defend himself as a “private citizen” in the Virginia Giuffre case.
Giuffre, 38, accuses Andrew of sexually abusing her multiple times when she was a minor. Prince Charles’ brother denies the allegations, but a lawsuit seems likely: On Wednesday, a court in New York dismissed the objections of Andrew’s lawyers who wanted to nip the lawsuit in the bud. The civil process is expected to begin in the fall if an out-of-court settlement is not reached before then.
The British “Daily Mail” reports, citing Insiders of Buckingham Palacethat above all Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, are said to have been the driving forces behind the Queen’s decision. “It’s about the survival of the institution at all costs,” the anonymous source explained. “It’s always been like that and it always will be like that.” The decision was made to protect the royal family from “flying shrapnel”.