Prince Andrew ‘binge-watches TV box sets and barely goes out’

Prince Andrew has been under some form of lockdown in the three years since his disastrous Newsnight interview, as insiders reveal the shamed Duke of York binge-watches TV box sets, barely leaves the house and wonders what his reputation is like left in tatters by his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Friends allege Andrew privately admits appearing on the BBC’s flagship news program in 2019 – where he was grievous by Emily Maitlis over claims he abused Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts Giuffre while she was a minor under US law. ‘by no means his best hour’.

Though allies accuse King Charles III and the Prince of Wales of “throwing him under the bus” and helping him cast him as the “archetypal pantomime villain” in Newsnight’s fallout, they insist the Duke ‘philosophical’ about his banishment from public life.

Instead, the three years since the interview have been a period of “intense self-reflection” for the Duke once dubbed the “Playboy Prince,” who has spent time studying “every aspect of his life” to understand how ‘everything went like this’. wrong, and why’.

Friends say Andrew, who was stripped of his HRH title, military affiliations and royal patronage in the aftermath of Newsnight, has finally resigned himself to playing a “backseat” role and is determined to stay “absolutely in the background” to act as a ‘supporting figure’. ‘ for ‘The firm’.

Now the Duke lives with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York at Royal Lodge, their 30-room home in Windsor Great Park. week, to go for a swim, or to walk the royal corgis Muick and Sandy and his and Fergie’s five Norfolk terriers, insiders have revealed. His outings have also dwindled since the death of his mother the Queen, whom he visited almost daily before she died in Balmoral last month.

However, Andrew is regularly visited by his daughters Princess Beatrice – who it is revealed was the only one in his inner circle to warn him about the Newsnight interview – and Princess Eugenie, and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank. The father of two is also focused on spending more time with his grandchildren, Beatrice’s daughter Sienna and Eugenie’s son August, both single.

It has been reported that ‘unemployed’ Andrew – who receives no taxpayer money, may be paid just £20,000 a year from his Royal Navy pension but has recently been splashed on a new £220,000 Bentley Flying Spur – is likely living on the proceeds of the £15 million purchase of Sunninghill by a Kazakh billionaire in 2007. It is also alleged that he is financially backed by Fergie’s business interests, including her lucrative book deal with Mills & Boon, which the Telegraph claims could be “in the low millions.”

There is also speculation that the queen may have “added it to their treasury” to keep the duke financially secure and thereby “protect the monarchy.”

Still, allies have indicated that Andrew is wary of Mrs Giuffre being able to speak again, as he is only bound by what the paper claims is a one-year gag clause after the Duke was reportedly paid around £8 million out of court to settle her seditious sexual abuse lawsuit in the US.

Prince Andrew is driving near Windsor Castle. Friends Say He’s Been ‘Locked Up’ Since His Newsnight Interview

The Duke of York is a ‘virtual recluse’ who only goes horseback riding twice a week, allies say

The Duke of York talks about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein in his 2019 car accident Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis

Andrew with Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia, central London, in March 2001

A friend told the Telegraph: “He understands the challenges he faces much better than at any other time in his life. He has a better sense of perspective – partly because he has had these three years to think – to do the work and focus on his immediate family. The Duke of York today is much more thoughtful and thoughtful than ever.’

They added: “He admits privately that Newsnight was definitely not his best hour.

“The feeling that he has been treated worthless is carried by his loved ones, but the Duke’s attitude is more along the lines of: it is what it is.”

Representatives of the Duke declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Andrew, 62, was stripped of his military titles and royal patronage in January when he fought allegations that he abused Giuffre as a teenager in London, Manhattan and the US Virgin Islands. He has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegations.

He settled out of court with Mrs. Roberts, who now uses her married name Giuffre, for an undisclosed amount, but did not plead guilty.

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A legal document filed by the Duke’s lawyers in a US court in January contained 41 separate denials of allegations by Ms Roberts, including her claim that “Prince Andrew was a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.”

But in her interview with the Mail on Sunday, the outrageous socialite Maxwell spoke in glowing terms about her friendship with the Duke.

“I feel so sorry for him,” said the convicted trafficker, who has known Andrew since she attended Oxford University in the 1980s. “Yes, I follow what’s happening to him. He pays such a price for the association [with Jeffrey Epstein]. I consider him a dear friend…I care about him.’

Asked about the denial by Andrew’s lawyers that they were close friends, Maxwell said, “I accept that this friendship would not survive my conviction.”

She dismissed a photo, first revealed by this newspaper, of the Prince with his arm around Mrs Roberts at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia, central London, in March 2001, saying: ‘I don’t recognize that photo and I don’t believe it. is a real photo. There are so many things wrong with it. There is no original and there is no real image and there are so many other things I can’t think of… I don’t know how many points there are, but there are more than 50 problems with the photo.”

Andrew with Sarah Ferguson in their car just hours after Ghislaine Maxwell gave her interview to the MoS. gave

Andrew and Maxwell at Ascot in 2000. A legal document presented to a US court by the Duke’s attorneys in January contained 41 separate denials of Virginia Roberts’ allegations that he sexually assaulted her when she was a minor under US law, including her claim that ‘Prince Andrew was a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’

Andrew has always denied allegations that he abused Mrs Roberts

Earlier this year, Euan Rellie, a former friend of Maxwell’s, told ITV that he believed she and Andrew were “probably girlfriend and boyfriend in the past.”

Asked about press reports that they were “as a couple, an item,” Maxwell said she would not comment on such speculation until after the appeal against her conviction. “I’ve read and seen and heard so many monstrous inaccuracies and reported that I can’t pull them all apart. If I take one apart and then don’t address everyone else, it will say, “Well, she said no to this one, and all the others?” I’m not going to talk about that until after the appeal.’

She has been in prison since July 2020 when more than 20 armed FBI agents raided her 156-acre, £800,000 home in New Hampshire.

The MoS interviewed her in the MDC on June 22 of this year, six days before she was sentenced and weeks later after she was transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, a low-security prison in Florida.

She was willing to discuss her friendships with some of the rich and powerful men associated with her and Epstein, including former President Clinton.

“It was a special friendship that lasted through the years,” she said of Clinton. “We had a lot in common. I feel bad that he is another victim just because of his association [with Epstein].’

She also expressed her gratitude to former President Trump for wishing her well after her arrest.

“I was very grateful when he wished me well. He got bad media for it, but he dared while others didn’t. It gave me a huge boost.’

Maxwell said the food at the MDC was “really awful” and that she was once so hungry that she ate petroleum jelly. She is now in a 3-meter by 2-meter cell that is too small for her and her three cellmates to all stand up. “It’s far from a fun country club,” she said.

After Epstein committed suicide while awaiting trial, prison officers put her on suicide watch prior to her sentencing. Maxwell, who said she never thought of committing suicide, described wearing an anti-suicide smock—a long tunic made of thick nylon—and added, “They strip you of any vestige of your dignity. They have you without clothes, and they put you in a suicide smock with Velcro on it. So there’s nothing to protect your modesty.’

The MoS revealed in June that a fellow inmate of the MDC had bragged that she was going to kill Maxwell, claiming there was a $1 million bounty on her head. Maxwell confirmed this weekend that a woman had threatened to kill her while she was sleeping.

Maxwell now works in the prison law library, helping other inmates with their cases.

The duke declined to comment when the MoS contacted him.


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