PRINCE Andrew could view the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as an “opportunity” to position himself back in the “hub of the Royal Family”, a royal historian has claimed.
Buckingham Palace officials face an “awkward” situation as they try to negotiate Prince Andrew’s role in the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee, a commentator has claimed. According to one royal commentator, the Duke of York will want to be “front and centre” to celebrate his mother’s seven decades on the throne but is at risk of damaging the reputation of the monarchy. Prince Andrew is currently facing allegations of sexual abuse, claims he has consistently denied.
Royal historian Dr Anna Whitelock told This website: “He’ll court controversy by his very presence in the heart of the Royal Family, so I think that is an awkward thing for Palace officials to negotiate.
“I very much would suspect that Prince Andrew will want to be front and centre, he took the opportunity of course of speaking on the eve of his father’s funeral, after his father’s death.
“He will see the celebrations as an opportunity for him to be pictured back in the hub of the Royal Family.
“I think it’s going to be a difficult one to balance the image of the Queen surrounded by her family but of course, so much controversy surrounds Prince Andrew.”
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is due to take place between June 2 to 5 next year, with a number of festivities planned over the four-day Bank Holiday.
Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed a civil case against him on August 10 under New York’s Child Victims Act.
Ms Giuffre, a former alleged victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has claimed that Prince Andrew sexually abused her on three occasions when she was 17 years old.
The abuse allegedly took place at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and twice at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and the US Virgin Islands. The Queen’s second son became friends with Epstein in the 1990s, but claims to have terminated their friendship in 2010.
His accuser claims that the Duke of York acted in full awareness of her age and that she was a “victim of sex trafficking”.
Now 38, Ms Giuffre is claiming damages for the “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”. “Brinkwire Summary News”.