The highly controversial and polarizing Duke of York has completely stepped back from the public eye after his disastrous interview with the BBC about his involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now all eyes are on the Prince as he steps back in front of the camera.
Prince Andrew Back In Public Eye
Prince Andrew has just given a fidgety interview at the Sunday Service honoring his father, beloved Prince Philip. Many will remember his reputation destroying interview he gave with the BBC's Emily Maitlis where he was caught repeatedly lying.
Since that interview, he has stopped performing Royal duties and has released a statement claiming to be cooperating with the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. The FBI refuted this claim by releasing a statement of their own. The New York Times released the United States Attorney's letter saying, "To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."
They added he had "completely shut the door" to access any helpful information and
Now for the first time since 2019, Prince Andrew is speaking publicly. At the Sunday Service, he described his mother as "The Queen, as you would expect, is an incredibly stoic person. She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we're there to support her."
He described his father Prince Philip as "somebody you could go to and he would always listen so it's a great loss. We've lost almost the grandfather of the nation. And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who's feeling it probably more than everybody else."
Prince Andrew also described a phone call he had with his father " a few months ago" where Philip said, "we're all in the same boat and we must always remember that. But occasionally we and the family are asked to stand up and show compassion and leadership."
"And unfortunately with my father's death, it has brought it home to be, not just our loss but the loss that everybody else has felt for so many people who have as it were, died and lost loved ones during the pandemic. And so we are all in the same boat. Slightly different circumstances because he didn't die from COVID but we are all feeling a great sense of loss but at the same time the tributes have been absolutely amazing."
Many viewers of the interview were frustrated with the BBC and accused the company of attempting to "rehabilitate" Prince Andrew's public image.