Royal author Anegla Levin claims that the Duke of York's statement was stunningly arrogant
The statement released by Prince Andrew yesterday was astonishingly arrogant, unfair and unfair.
I had hoped when I wrote in The Mail last week asking him to come clean about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein that he would finally reveal what he knew about the activities of the shame financier.
Instead, he has done the opposite, insulting our intelligence by making a series of sickening claims.
The Palace Declaration & # 39; From His Royal Highness The Duke of York & # 39; claimed that he & # 39; would like to clarify the facts to prevent speculation & # 39 ;. In practice, however, he has not done anything like that.
Who advises him on such & # 39; n horrible PR? On closer inspection, the statements in his statement are tangible nonsense.
In the first paragraph, Andrew says he has an & # 39; association or friendship with Mr. Epstein & # 39; had. Well, what is it? Because it can't be both.
Would he invite someone who was just a contributor to the June 2000 Dance Of The Decades party at Windsor Castle?
This event was organized by the Queen on the occasion of Andrew's 40th, Princess Anne's 50th, Princess Margaret's 70th, and Prince William's 18th birthday. It seems strange that you would invite someone for such a & # 39; n occasion if you only have a & # 39; association & # 39; had.
Ask yourself the following question: how many employees do you have at your important birthday and family events? But it's getting worse. In the fall of that year, Andrew flew to New York and attended a Halloween whore and bondage party in Manhattan organized by Epstein.
Most people who received the invitation would immediately have known the nature of the bash. Does the theme not belong to his & # 39; association & # 39; dropped off?
What's more, in December of the same year, Epstein attended a party that Andrew threw for Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein & # 39; s close friend and supposed lady, in Sandringham.
Prince Andrew, here with Virgina Roberts, then 17 (center), and Ghislaine Maxwell (right), is once again in the spotlight about his close friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Then all three employees or friends traveled to Phuket in Thailand to celebrate New Year.
Again, how many employees do you have with whom you left to celebrate the new year?
Regardless of what he wants to call their relationship, one thing is clear: the Duke and Epstein met at least four times in 2000.
So it's strange that the duke's statement yesterday reads: & # 39; During the time I knew him, I didn't see him often and probably no more than just once or twice a year. & # 39;
We not only expect our Royals to hang out with pedophiles, but we also expect them to be honest. This whole statement smells.
Does Andrew really expect us to believe that someone he didn't know well and only rarely saw was invited into the inner sanctuary of the Royals?
There is also the very real problem that senior Royals have to be careful – and usually – careful about who they befriend.
Of course they do not want to mix with those who can damage the good name of the family.
But within a very short time Andrew invited Epstein for an enviable list of royal events. What does that say about his judgment?
In the statement he continues: & # 39; At no time during the limited time I have spent with him (Epstein) have I seen any behavior that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction. & # 39;
Angela Levin states: & # 39; Andrew simply cannot escape the fact that he stayed with Epstein (photo) when he was already in the sex offender register after spending time in sexual abuse & # 39;
This reflects the statement by Buckingham Palace last week, which stated: "The Duke of York is appalled by recent reports about the alleged crimes of Jeffrey Epstein." But this is not the point – and he knows it.
Andrew simply cannot escape the fact that he was staying with Epstein when he was already in the register of sex offenders after spending time on sexual abuse.
As The Mail on Sunday reports today, he stayed for six days and enjoyed a party in his honor.
According to an email exchange between journalist Evgeny Morozov and the American literary agent John Brockman, Andrew moaned about his public profile.
Brockman said the Prince claimed: & # 39; In Monaco (Prince), Albert works 12 hours a day, but at 9 p.m. he does what he wants and nobody cares. But when I do it, I have big problems. & # 39;
Andrew now admits that it is & # 39; a mistake and a mistake & # 39; was to continue their relationship after the release of Epstein in 2010 and adds: & I have tremendous sympathy for everyone affected by his actions and behavior. & # 39;
But how does his statement treat his ongoing encounters with Epstein?
And his sympathy will not help any of the young girls who abuse Epstein to get justice for their humiliating, life-changing traumas.
If he really is that & # 39; n & # 39; huge sympathy & # 39; he would talk to the US authorities about what he knows about his former friend. Actions say much more than words.
The statement ends: & # 39; This is a difficult time for all involved and I do not know how to understand or explain Mr. Epstein's lifestyle. & # 39;
The authorities involved in the Epstein investigation do not want Andrew to offer a psychological explanation for his friend's corruption.
They don't care if he doesn't understand. What they want is the pristine truth of the Prince about what he does know. It's about time we hear it.
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