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 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,
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
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.