Pictured: Prince Andrew with daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in June 2016
Just when you thought it could get worse for Prince Andrew, a new prosecutor of Jeffrey Epstein – known as Jane Doe 15 – emerged, claiming that after the financier took her 15-year virginity, he tried to seduce her into his private island under the pretext that the Duke of York would be there.
Jane Doe is now 31. Which means that by the time Epstein's alleged abuse occurred, she would have been as old as Andrew's oldest daughter, Princess Beatrice.
I can only imagine how poor Beatrice and her sister Eugenie should feel.
It is never easy to be born in fame. But Andrew & daughters are now confronted with something much more traumatic: the idea that their own father might have turned a blind eye to sexual abuse – while he should have tried to put an end to it.
I suppose in the early stages of his friendship with Epstein it is possible that Prince Andrew missed the warning signs that seem so obvious in retrospect.
But in 2010, after Epstein had served time to purchase underage prostitutes, there was no doubt what kind of man he was; yet the prince still thought it was good to spend four days under his roof.
Pictured: Prince Andrew, Sarah, Duchess of York and their children Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in Switzerland in 2003
It is clear that, whatever Andrew did not know about Epstein's prejudices before, he completely failed in his moral responsibilities from that moment on. Not only as a member of the royal family and a decent person, but also, and perhaps more importantly, as a father.
He knew the whole story, and yet he rode high on Epstein's pig.
When Emily Maitlis insisted on this, the prince justified his decision by saying that it was a & # 39; convenient place to stay & # 39; used to be. He then added, oddly enough, that his judgment was probably colored by my tendency to be honorable.
& # 39; Honorable & # 39; is not how I would describe a man who accepts hospitality from someone who has been convicted of abusing young girls – girls who are comparable in age to their own daughters.
Unless he didn't see them that way. This is the only plausible explanation. Simply put, Andrew suggested the wraiths that flashed around Epstein & # 39; s residences in bikini & # 39; s, not ready to & # 39; foot massages & # 39; to administer, equal to his two girls, safely at home in their ruined lives. In fact, he implied so much in that interview. Epstein's maidservants were merely peripheral – in his own words – & # 39; staff & # 39 ;.
Pictured: & # 39; Jane Doe 15 & # 39 ;, a 31-year-old unknown woman who has accused the late Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was a child
That may also explain why he did not find it necessary to express regret or sorrow about what the victims of Epstein had endured.
Simply put, he didn't see these girls because they're not the kind of people a prince should worry about.
It is an attitude that seems to be at odds with the restrained approach of younger royals such as Princess William and Harry, while Princess Diana did her best to make contact with so-called ordinary people.
Pictured: Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein at Central Park in New York in 2011
Not so Andrew. An alumni of the Princess Margaret school for royalty (no coincidence that they are both younger brothers and sisters of more prominent princes who deserve our respect, rather than demanding them), he continues to live in a small corner of the monarchy where privilege still exists without responsibility and being royal automatically marks you as superior to the rest.
Andrew's behavior over the years is not only in terms of his own behavior, but also when it comes to his immediate family.
It doesn't matter how badly his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, behaved. She is still & # 39; the duchess & # 39; – as he called her in the interview – and is therefore entitled to status and respect in his mind.
The same applies to his daughters. He lobbied the Queen and Prince Charles to raise awareness and insisted that younger daughter Eugenie receive full royal honors for her marriage last year.
Although she was not a royal kingdom and was only 10th in line with the throne, she was married with full splendor – for an amount of £ 2 million for the taxpayer, for security and the cleaning operation.
Beatrice is planning to get married next year and it is hard to see how her entire day can be overshadowed by her special day.
In the meantime, the bitter irony for Andrew is that, by not doing good to the daughters of other men, he has contributed to the suffering of himself.
Why protect these urban pests?
After successfully arming the fox hunt issue in the 2017 general election, Labor would like to get it back on the agenda, because voters in labor-supported urban areas prefer the ban, while those in conservative countryside favor want it lifted.
But I'm not so sure it's true. The urban fox population has steadily increased in recent years and the animals are now regularly nuisance in cities and suburbs, rubbing garbage and sometimes, occasionally, attacking pets and small children.
Apart from the mess they cause and the health risks they pose, they also make the most wicked racket. The other night at about 3 o'clock in the morning I was woken from my sleep by what looked like someone who was being murdered, but who, as soon as I was fully aware again, recognized me as the call of a mating fox.
The sound went on for what seemed like an eternity – until a neighbor in front of him opened a window and threw something at the damn things.
I wonder, is it too early to start forming a Hammersmith Hunt?
Pictured: Khloe Kardashian on the E! People & # 39; s Choice Awards on November 10
Khloe & # 39; s only true love …
Khloe Kardashian is & # 39; in conversation & # 39; to develop a reality TV program starring her and her 19-month-old daughter, True. Because her child has not yet been marked by fame – but there is still time.
Speaking of the Kardashians, the former Khloe stepfather, now Caitlyn Jenner, is an early favorite of the new series I & # 39; m A Celebrity …
I expected this reality TV star and former Olympic athlete to be a spoiled princess; in reality, she is thoroughly sober and an absolute trooper.
However, you are thinking of trans rights – and Jenner is probably the world's most famous trans woman – you cannot deny that she feels more comfortable in her skin than most of the participants this year.
If you think you're bored of this election, really save a thought for yours. The last few days I have shared a house with Jeremy Corbyn.
Don't worry, I'm not in hiding with the Labor leader. My husband had been instructed to play him against Boris Johnson in debate preparation, a role he enjoyed as a kind of thespian manque.
The result? I am now more depressed with the intricacies of Labor & # 39; s election manifesto than most Labor MPs.
And all my husband's corduroy pants – a favorite of those of Jezza – are in the wash.
Drove through the bend
Living in the crazy asylum that is modern Britain: a pregnant friend of mine had stolen her car from outside her house … on her due date.
She gave birth later and has therefore been quite busy with other things.
Then, a few days ago, she started getting parking tickets for the stolen vehicle, so she reported to the police, who tracked it down to a pound car. That's where it stays, at £ 120 a day, because the pound won't release it until it delivers the proof of ownership.
But she can't do that because the insurance company has all the documentation … and also because she has just had a baby and can't remember what day it is, let alone 73 types of identification.
Frankly, Franz Kafka could not have come up with a meaningless situation himself.
I thought it was just that Jo Swinson's bossy, more sacred than the election style did not like – but it seems that I am not alone.
A YouGov survey has revealed that the more voters see the Lib Dem leader, the less they like her – which is a problem because her face is adorned with all their election literature and in their battle bus.
The general consensus seems to be that people find her irritating and too & # 39; stubborn & # 39; find what I can appreciate.
I thought it was just that Jo Swinson's bossy, holier than the election style didn't like – but it seems that I'm not alone, writes Sarah Vine
I also wonder if it might have something to do with the fact that she dresses like a children's entertainer.
My valued colleague Richard Littlejohn pointed to a number of sartorial agreements with The Joker; but it is far too nuanced and refined.
If you ask me, Mr. Tumble would be a much more accurate comparison.
According to a survey, children who play Mary, Joseph or Angel Gabriel grow up in their school's school to earn an average of £ 38,000 to £ 40,000 a year – while modest lambs manage only £ 20,000.
I can't help wondering if this has more to do with the children themselves – or the fact that, in my experience, those with the main roles are always the ones with strict & # 39; tiger mothers & # 39 ;.
They say the meek will inherit the earth; in real life it is the pushy who gets all the prizes.
We are used to politicians full of hot air, but now a democratic congressman has caused worldwide hilarity after allegedly blowing wind during a television interview live on TV.
Instead, he spoke about President Trump.
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