After an interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein deemed by most as a disaster and “train wreck” Prince Andrew has been relieved of all official duties and has lost his public funded “salary” of approximately £249,000 ($320k U.S.)
Prince Andrew has also been forced to move out of Buckingham Palace altogether.
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IBT reports according to The Sun’s Dan Wootton, the Duke of York was forced to sack his most trusted royal aide Private Secretary Amanda Thirsk after his interview. The secretary was reportedly fired by Queen Elizabeth II over the duke’s TV interview which ended his frontline royal career.
Her Majesty was expecting her favorite son to fire all of his staff. The pressure from the horrified family members also forced Prince Andrew to cancel his planned trip to Bahrain via private jet over the weekend.
“It’s been a very grim 24 hours for Andrew. But it got even worse yesterday because he had to break the news to Amanda that the Queen will not continue to fund her role as private secretary,” a friend of Prince Andrew said.
“There is a genuine fury because she was the driving force behind the Newsnight interview and the person that arranged for it to be filmed at Buckingham Palace.”
Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly planning to have Prince Andrew’s staff leave their Buckingham Palace offices or they will face a hefty bill to rent them privately.
“There is no longer a need for the Queen to fund Andrew’s private secretary or office from the Sovereign Grant because he no longer has a public role. There will be a transition period for the staff to move out of Buckingham Palace. But Andrew has assured Amanda she will keep working for him in another role. It’s astonishingly arrogant,” the insider continued.
According to a report, Prince Andrew’s ex Sarah Ferguson is to blame for his interview. It was reportedly the Duchess of York who encouraged her ex-husband to speak up and share his side of the story.
Per NYPost, Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre says she was forced to have sex with the prince in 2001 when she was just 17. A photograph appears to show the royal with his arms around Giuffre in the London mansion of Ghislaine Maxwell — Epstein’s alleged procuress.
Facing an exodus of corporate sponsors and mounting criticism from the public, Andrew this week quit as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and walked away from his [email protected] entrepreneurship competition.But the family is remaining united, with the prince photographed riding horses with his mother near Windsor Castle on Friday — a “clear gesture of support from the Queen,” the report claimed.
Companies rushed to sever ties with charities and organizations linked to the prince after the disastrous interview — with Barclays, KPMG and Standard Chartered all yanking their sponsorship.