Because he is no longer a working royal after stepping down as a consequence of the Epstein scandal, the Duke was barred from wearing military uniform during ceremonies.
Prince Andrew, the third child and second-eldest son of Queen Elizabeth ll, paid respects to his beloved mother. In a statement issued by him, he writes about the monarch, "Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one,” reports The Guardian. Prince Andrew was not allowed to wear the military uniform during ceremonies in the wake of the Queen’s death on 8 September, as he is no longer a working royal, after stepping down as a consequence of the Epstein scandal.
A public relations advisor, who has been assisting the duke during the Epstein scandal, circulated a statement from Andrew. The Duke of York said he'll miss his mother's compassion, care and confidence, adding, “Mother of the nation, your devotion, and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on, honoring their respect."
"I will miss your insights, advice and humour."— ITV News (@itvnews) September 18, 2022
The Duke of York has paid tribute to the Queen in an emotional statement, on the eve of the late monarch's funeral.https://t.co/CzhtWsBGLm
Alongside it was a photograph of the Queen holding the infant Andrew shortly after his birth in 1960, her cheek resting on his head. The Duke continues, "Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, and your confidence I will treasure forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment. I will miss your insights, advice, and humor.” Post the Queen's death, Prince Andrew's older brother, Charles, assumed the throne, who he showed support to at the end of his statement, writing, "As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide. God save the King.”
Prince Andrew walked beside his siblings, King Charles lll, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward behind the Queen's coffin during the procession. He was stripped of his royal duties and the use of HRH titles over his association with Epstein and the sexual assault case filed against Andrew in the US by Virginia Guiffre, which he settled out of court for an undisclosed sum in February. The controversy stirred after Andrew's no admission of guilt over Giuffre’s claims he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17. The royal, who was eighth in line to the throne, had made a public appearance with convicted sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein pled guilty to solicitation of a minor in 2008.
For attorneys who represented Epstein victims, and for other advocates for sex-crimes victims, Andrew’s sudden reappearance in the public sphere despite it being a personal time of mourning triggered many since he was still seen as treated with privilege, per the Guardian. He was reportedly heckled while the Prince was walking behind the Queen's coffin.
Somebody yells out, “Andrew, you’re a sick old man” to Prince Andrew, who is walking behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin pic.twitter.com/M6DsyuPLXR— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 12, 2022
Spencer T Kuvin, who represented more than half a dozen Epstein victims, said, "You want to honor the memory of a very respectable monarch who served over 70 years – I get the fact that it’s probably not the correct place or time to be yelling something out at a funeral – but at the end of the day, you also want to acknowledge the fact that [Andrew] should not be publicly allowed to benefit from society and these organizations, given his past and he should be held accountable by the public."
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