UK police say Prince Andrew has no case to answer in sex probe, but the damage is done in the eyes of the public.

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Charlie Stone is an author and journalist who has worked for the BBC, several national newspapers in the UK and international media.

Charlie Stone is an author and journalist who has worked for the BBC, several national newspapers in the UK and international media.

What, precisely, is the purpose of Prince Andrew? What does this bloke actually DO? I mean, his working day consists of what, exactly? Will Britain be depleted in any way by his permanent removal from the world stage? Nah, I don’t think so.

The most toxic of royals is ninth in line to the throne, and there would have to be some serious carnage in the House of Windsor for his pampered backside to ever truly be required to sit on the United Kingdom’s throne. 

But before we proceed any further, it’s important to be very, very clear: as odious as he is, Prince Andrew has done nothing illegal and he has not been found guilty of any crime in a court of law. The Metropolitan Police have now decided he has no case to answer in the face of historic sexual assault allegations arising from his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Yet in another respect, he has already been found guilty – of being an unpleasant, entitled arse. That’s a unanimous verdict in the court of public opinion from the people who have paid this bloke’s bills for the entire 61 years of his life. Few people like the man, and even fewer want to see him hanging around doing royal business.

Most Brits, I’d suggest, share the opinion of Prince William – who is, according to the Sunday Times, “not a fan of his uncle Andrew.” Andrew has an “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude towards his position, and Prince William considers him “a risk” and “threat to the family.”

A source told the Sunday Times, “Any suggestion that there isn’t gratitude for the institution, anything that could lead anyone in the public to think that senior members of the royal family aren’t grateful for their position, [William thinks] is really dangerous.”

And Prince Andrew, well, he serves no function whatsoever. He is, as my granny used to always say of feckless types, “neither use nor ornament.”

Anyone who saw his ‘car crash’ interview on the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ programme a couple of years ago can have little doubt about the man’s character. I watched it and thought it confirmed what I had been told. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.

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