Tuesday, January 6, 2015


A royal scandal always makes for good headlines and a media frenzy.

 A woman who alleges that she was passed around as a sex slave by an American Investment Banker says she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew when she was just 17. Pretty salacious stuff.  

The banker,  Jeffrey Epstein, an American multi-millionaire who was convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl in 2008.

Buckingham Palace spokesman says the claims are “categorically untrue”. Prince Andrew's ex-wife the Duchess of York has come to his rescue defending his reputation saying ""He is the greatest man there is. It was the finest moment of my life in 1986 when I married him. He is a great man, the best man in the world,"

The fourth-in-line to the crown has earned a reputation as high-living layabout playboy. He is often refered to as  Randy Andy, or Air-Miles Andy by British gossip rags. The media has done a pretty good job of reinforcing this stereotype, publishing shots of him accompanied by a fawning selection of scantily clad and trashy females.

Officially Andrew is Britain's "Special Representative for International Trade and Investment," which the British taxpayer finances to the tune of £355,992 a year. The Queen kicks in an additional another £249,000. 

His relationship with Epstein led to criticism and concern from the British Diplomats in 2011. There was even calls for him to step down. Prince Andrew had visited Epstein at his Florida home over the years, and newspapers have published photographs of him with Virginia Roberts, then 17

Other examples of Andrew's questionable judgement including   lunching at Buckingham Palace with a "notorious" member of the former Tunisian regime, to taking a holiday with a Libyan gun smuggler.

The Prince's colourful love-life and lavish life-style makes him low hanging fruit for critics of the monarchy. Such is the unremitting public scrutiny of  royal offspring who are not born next in line to the throne.

If you run with the dogs, you're going to get fleas.

I feel for the Queen.

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