Prince Andrew Must Leave His Office in Buckingham Palace
Prince Andrew has to leave his private office in Buckingham Palace now that he has been released from his official functions. That reports the British newspaper The Guardian.
His private secretary, who allegedly organised the disastrous interview with the BBC about his alleged sexual abuse, was fired by the British queen.
Although several companies cancelled their cooperation with him last week, the troubled prince wants to continue his Pitch at Palace entrepreneur competition (a kind of Dragon’s Den where starting entrepreneurs in Buckingham Palace pitch their business plan to investors). “The Duke of York is looking at how he can go beyond his public functions and outside of Buckingham Palace,” a Palace spokesperson told The Guardian.
The news came just after it appeared that Andrew’s private secretary Amanda Thirsk was fired. She is said to have arranged the bewildering BBC interview in which the British prince commented on his relationship with American business magnate Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted of child abuse, and allegations that he had had sex with a minor girl. That led to such a massive storm of criticism that Andrew decided on Wednesday to resign his public functions.
Prince Andrew is facing an uncertain future as he steps out of the royal role he has played throughout his adult life. That is how it will be primarily done with the many luxury trips that he could make in that position. Since the controversial TV interview last weekend, the prince has had new blows every day.
For example, the board of the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra decided on Friday to cut ties with Andrew, who was patron of the symphony orchestra. The British bank Barclays cancelled the partnership with Pitch at Palace on Friday, after previously, among others, international accounting firm KPMG did the same.
Andrew himself is hiding in the meantime at Windsor Castle, his mother’s castle where he is the only one of her children who has a place to live. Yesterday the two were spotted together during a horseback ride. Queen Elizabeth II has still not publicly responded to the problems in which her son has ended up.