Prince Andrew’s scandalous gift from the Queen

The Queen agreed to two things to try to resurrect Prince Andrew’s reputation – and it’s truly extraordinary.

There are things that go together on the royal planet: Gin and Dubonnet, Princess Anne and the industrial quantities of hairspray, and Prince Andrew whatever cockamamie scheme he’s hatched to try and get back into the limelight.

Unfortunately, on this front, no favorite member of the royal family has an accomplice who is always ready to help and encourage him – the Queen.

In a case of deeply disheartening ducal deja vu, news broke over the weekend of not one but two extraordinary steps Her Majesty is taking to prop up the fragile ego and try to mend the tattered reputation of the duke.

First the Telegraph reported that the 62-year-old unemployed father of two will join his mother for the Garter Day ceremony next month, one of the most important events on the royal calendar. There is no greater honor for a person, HRH or not, than to be made a Knight of the Order of the Garter, a chivalrous order that dates back to 1348 and has only 24 current members.

The annual Garter Day ceremony sees the two dozen selected knights and Her Majesty march from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, all dressed in heavy blue velvet robes and ridiculously feathered caps, with officers from the Order, in full ceremonial dress, and a brass band as a bonus.

I’ll give you three guesses who will be there for Garter Day this year.

In fact, not only will Andrew, who is a Knight Garter, be front and center, but he will be listed the following day in the Court Circular using his style as HRH. You know, exactly the thing he agreed to give up when he was essentially sacked by the royal family in January after a New York judge gave him the green light to face a civil trial. for sexual abuse following allegations that he assaulted a teenager. (The royal has always denied the allegations.)

While the line the Palace has apparently been trying to spin is that Andrew will only attend the Garter ceremony in a private capacity as a Royal Knight, which is just laughable. Garter Day is the epitome of monarchical splendor and pomp and trying to sell its inclusion as ‘private’ would be like trying to argue that Buckingham Palace is nothing more than a fixer-upper.

It is, in fact, such a “private” event that hundreds of people will line up along the Garter Ceremony parade route to watch the proceedings.

You hardly need the gift to predict that on Garter Day in less than a month, Andrew and his Cheshire Cat smile will be there, front and center, all smug and big teeth, close to his mom.

(I do not see Andrewthe man “too honorable” to end a friendship with a convicted sex offender, agreeing to sneak out a backdoor and away from the cameras.)

Then there’s the second big reveal of the weekend, with the Time revealing that the Queen has no plans to appoint a new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, after Andrew was forced to give up the plum post as part of his long-awaited cast-off earlier this year.

The reason for His Majesty’s reluctance? Her son’s fragile ego.

While it was rumored that the sovereign would hand over the role to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, she will now leave the post vacant “to spare the Duke of York’s embarrassment”.

“Military officials were hoping that a new Royal Colonel would be appointed before Trooping,” said the TimeRoyal editor Roya Nikkhah, however, reported that “the Queen is delaying the date to avoid ‘a stab in the heart’ to her second son”.

(This comes after The mirror reported in March that Her Majesty had “allowed him to remain vice-admiral” because he “was supposed to be in a bad mood” and to “cheer him up”.)

This is the point where I just want to shout obscenities at my computer screen, such is my outrage, anger and frustration.

With all due respect: What. The. Whore. Mrs ?

For a woman who survived a world war, 70 years in a demanding job and Sarah, Duchess of York and her toe-sucking tendencies, Her Majesty’s unwavering refusal to learn from the events of the last two and a half years is positively mule- ish.

No one has done more to mortally wound the monarchy over the past century than Andrew.

Although he was of course never charged with a crime, and there was never any suggestion that he might be, it is indisputable that he still spent several nights under the same roof as a man who was then on the sex offenders register.

Nothing can ever change the fact that the Duke of York recorded an hour-long interview about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein and didn’t utter a single word of support for the women abused by his good friend.

Thanks to Andrew, we are now at a point where there is a good chance that Her Majesty had to tap into her considerable private wealth to fund the alleged $22 million private settlement paid to Virginie Giuffre after accusing him of sexually assaulting her three times when she was a teenager.

I am truly at a loss for adjectives to describe how breathtaking it is that the Queen, in the twilight of her reign, is not using her precious time to build support for the monarchy, but to mount a spectacularly futile campaign to rehabilitate her son’s image and prevent his feelings from being hurt.

In March, we saw how badly things went when the nonagenarian let her blind spot Andrew override her monarchical duty when she allowed her son to escort her to her seat during the Prince Philip’s memorial service.

Photos and stories about the incredibly transparent – ​​and hopeless – attempt to put him back in the royal spotlight dominated the news with the real purpose of the event, to remember the life and work of the tireless Philip, a been lost in the dismayed media wash.

While it’s understandable that as a mother, Her Majesty wants to support her sad son, now forced to sit at home all day in his essentially free 31-bedroom estate and aimlessly practice his golf swing, as sovereign, she totally fails. his duty.

The monarchy is on the cusp of its most difficult and precarious period since the abdication crisis in 1936, when she died and Prince Charles joined. Currently, only 36% of Britons think Charles will do a good job and support for a republic is growing.

All warning lights should flash amber.

Right now, the House of Windsor and the Queen are expected to do everything in their power to prepare the monarchy in hopes that it can ride out the turbulent seas ahead.

Instead? A man accused of sexual assault is allowed to have a good day!

Is Her Majesty really that out of touch? Could she really be so indifferent to public sentiment and prevailing cultural winds?

How can she not see that every time she uses her influence and sway to unsuccessfully try to resurrect Andrew’s image, it only confirms the younger generation’s view of the family. royal as a pack of privileged, selfish and abusive users who have no place in 21st century society?

(As Johnny, 12, from Coventry recently told the Time“All the royal family does is be born. It’s just not very fair.”

Selling millennials on the deeply archaic idea of ​​inherited power and privilege—of a family that could live in palaces and enjoy millions in annual income just by the luck of their birth—was always going to be a tough sell.

But spurring young people on to this cause when the Queen appears to be doing everything she can to protect the feelings of a man who was friends with a convicted pedophile?

Ha! You would be more likely to find the Buckingham Palace gift shop selling edible gummies.

I can’t get over the fact that the Queen seems to be using the twilight of her reign to foolishly try to resuscitate some sort of public life for Andrew, rather than prioritizing the future viability of the monarchy.

The only way for Andrew to return is to cure all cancers, solve peace in the Middle East, and deliver the best new Paddle Pop flavor to the world. And even then, it would be reluctantly.

Our new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is said to have said in a private meeting after Andrew’s car accident Newsnight interview in 2019, “Congratulations, we will become a republic next year.”

Maybe not quite yet, but the way the Queen is going, the Prime Minister could be on the money.

Daniela Elser is a royal pundit and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of top media titles in Australia.

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