For all of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s faults, even their harshest critics would admit their total devotion to their children.
Despite their many adventures and romances (and much to Prince Philip’s astonishment), the couple have such a good divorce that they still live together.
So it will undoubtedly be particularly irritating for both of them that, as 2020 draws to a close, they now face Christmas separately from their children after the UK was condemned to a new strict lockdown by the country’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Eugenie, 30, and her big sister Beatrice, 32, now both married, would no doubt have hoped to spend Christmas with their parents at their splendid home, Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park. However, coronavirus restrictions currently in place in London and much of southern England mean the family will not be able to reunite for the Christmas holidays.
It will be a miserable end to a terrible year for Andrew, although not many people will shed a tear for the former playboy prince given that it was his friendship with the monstrous sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein that brought him to this stint.
Things went completely wrong for Prince Andrew in November 2019. That’s when a fairly straightforward plan to get on camera and apologize for his association with Epstein derailed.
In the now notorious interview with the BBC Newsnight program, Andrew showed no sympathy for Epstein’s victims and denied any recollection of meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre. He implied that a photo of him with Roberts Giuffre in Ghislaine Maxwell’s apartment was a fake.
He said he couldn’t have sex with her because he was in a branch of UK restaurant chain Pizza Express. He alleged he was not sweating, which prompted a barrage of photos of him sweating profusely to be published in the media. He said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein.
Five days later, Andrew was unceremoniously kicked out of The Firm, as the commercial end of the Royal Family’s operations is mentioned by its CEO. He was stripped of all official roles and his 24-hour armed police protection and was even kicked out of his office at Buckingham Palace.
Andrew may have been fortunate that the tsunami of royal news surrounding Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family in early 2020 brought his story down.
For this very reason, however, it’s more important than ever to remember that Andrew is accused of spending much of 2020 refusing to honor an explicit pledge he made to help Epstein investigators. .
His offer to provide all the cooperation he needed to help authorities investigating Epstein – and to bring an end to the victims of the pedophile financier – has been exposed as a sham, fine words entirely unsupported by corresponding actions.
“I continue to unequivocally regret my misjudged association with Jeffrey Epstein.“
– Prince andrew
His exact words on the matter, made in a statement as he announced his departure from public life, were as follows: “I continue to unequivocally regret my misjudged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide left many questions unanswered, especially for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with all who have been affected and wish for some form of closure.
“I can only hope that over time they can rebuild their lives. Of course, I am ready to assist any appropriate law enforcement agency. “
It wasn’t long into 2020 that Andrew’s offers of help were exposed like hot air.
On January 26, Manhattan US attorney Geoffrey Berman publicly stated that Andrew was providing “no cooperation” to the FBI investigation into Epstein.
From the palace came silence. In the news vacuum, famous lawyers Lisa Bloom and her mother, Gloria Allred, who together represented at least six of Epstein’s alleged victims.
Bloom told the BBC that the alleged victims were “outraged” that the Duke of York did not help US authorities, and said: “I am glad that Geoffrey Berman has gone public to try to ’embarrassing Prince Andrew, who made a statement then behind closed doors, does something very different. The five Epstein victims that I represent are outraged and disappointed by Prince Andrew’s behavior here.
“If Prince Andrew has really done nothing wrong, then it behooves him to go talk to the FBI.“
– Lisa bloom
“If Prince Andrew has really done nothing wrong, then it behooves him to go talk to the FBI at a convenient time and say what he knows. Maybe he can help bring other people to justice.
Brazenly, Andrew continued to insist that he was more than happy to speak to U.S. investigators and claimed he was baffled by their claims that he was the one creating barriers to an interview.
In March, however, Berman told reporters: ‘In contrast to Prince Andrew’s very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, an offer which was conveyed by press release, Prince Andrew has now completely closed the door to volunteer cooperation and our office is considering his options.
Berman was fired from his post as an executive officer in June on orders from Donald Trump and his successor, Audrey Strauss, has not sued Andrew in the same public manner.
In May, it emerged that Andrew and Sarah were being sued for failing to pay the final installment of nearly $ 9 million on a Swiss ski chalet they bought in 2014. The seven-bedroom ski chalet, with an indoor pool and sauna, went on sale for $ 20 million earlier this year as the Yorks desperately tried to settle the deal. It still hasn’t been sold and the Yorks are reportedly considering a massive price cut to offload it.
The couple are said to be in serious financial difficulty. Their revenue streams evaporated when Ferguson’s book deals and TV deals were canceled.
Being next to your man can be an admirable trait, but the regular drip of revelations about how Andrew misled viewers of this BBC interview and how he evades questions from authorities was not likely to attract new investors to Fergie.
This Christmas, she launched an incredibly weird YouTube channel for kids that only garnered a few thousand subscribers. If this is its path to profitability, it still has a long way to go.
The couple’s income devastation came as an extremely painful blow to the status-obsessed Andrew. He might be insanely wealthy by normal standards, but compared to billionaires like Epstein, he was a poor man.
The injustice of his relative scarcity compared to his unbelievably wealthy brother Charles has always grated; Charles has a vast personal fortune estimated at some $ 400 million and will inherit his mother’s estate tax-free when he becomes king.
Andrew’s desperation for the traps of extreme wealth has made him an easy target for those seeking to exploit his royal name; witness to his shady relationship with the son-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan who bought his dilapidated house, Sunninghill Park, for $ 4 million more than the asking price in 2007, a shocking incident of seemingly blatant corruption which, shamefully, has never been investigated. by British police.
Andrew is, former staff and even his friends will tell you, a tactless and important man. A source once told me that on a weekend of filming Andrew walked into the breakfast room and when people didn’t get up in respect for his HRH status, he said, “Let’s try again,” walked out of the room. and came home again. The other guests remained seated.
Andrew’s legal team, who are now handling press inquiries about him, have not confirmed or denied this story to The Daily Beast. However, the anecdote demonstrates what many believe to be a fatal issue for Andrew’s reputation – how his own smugness interacts with the indifference or contempt of others.
The year 2020 was when Andrew’s pride, arrogance and selfishness were finally revealed to the world in graphic detail. The toxicity around him was so severe that he was deleted from official wedding photographs released by Buckingham Palace of his daughter Beatrice’s July wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Andrew and Fergie were both there, but only the Queen and Prince Philip appeared in the photos. The parents did not.
Even though she was forced to ex-communicate publicly, the Queen appeared to stand by Andrew’s side in private. The spectators of The crown will have seen this season’s episode where the arrogant Andrew is portrayed as his favorite child. This year, she would have stepped in so he could keep his mega-expensive detail safe. In the summer, he visited her for “crisis talks” at Balmoral. He was photographed in Windsor, where the Queen and Prince Philip reside.
What’s in Andrew’s future? Maybe one or more of them: the drop in overseas travel, a drop in income, and a dramatic reduction in the number of pleasant invitations to spin on weekends in his inbox, more or less in correlates directly with an increasing number of less pleasant invitations from around the world. the police join them for a pleasant chat about Jeffrey Epstein.
If Andrew and Fergie thought 2020 was bad, 2021 could just get worse.
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