WELCOME to It’s a Royal Knockout!
Quick look at the scoreboard shows it’s currently FOUR down in little over two years – remarkable progress towards a saner Britain.
First out of the door, due to natural wastage, was Prince Philip who retired from his malevolent role with the firm in August 2017. A very dangerous and unpredictable Royal, his departure at the age of 96 was a case of ‘better late than never’ although relatives and friends of Princess Diana may beg to differ.
As recently as October, Royal novices Harry and Meghan pulled up limp for six weeks complaining of stress. Rumours they may leave Britain permanently and news they will not be spending Christmas with The Queen suggest they will remain a thorn in the side of the Monarchy whether their future is inside or outside.
Now they have been joined on the Royal scrapheap by a comparative big fish. The Duke of York may only be 8th in line to the throne but the very public binning of The Queen’s favourite son in Prince Andrew is a major blow.
So the question is: who is next for the Royal trapdoor and will the action taken against Andrew be the end of this storm?
The answer to both may be related.
It has been widely reported that Prince Charles, the King-elect, was instrumental in the standing down of his errant brother. How long can the largely blind general populace ignore the sheer irony and hypocrisy?
One pompous fool accused of colluding with one of the world’s most notorious paedophiles being brought to book by another pompous fool who had an even longer and arguably more personal friendship with someone who challenges Jeffrey Epstein for global notoriety.
Prince Charles went many steps further in his undiluted affection for Sir Jimmy Savile than Andrew ever did in his equally appalling liaison with Epstein.
Given an estimated 40 years to get to know a man now described as a record-breaking paedophile, Charles suggested Savile as a marriage guidance counsellor for him and Diana, contemplated the crazy DJ as a possible godparent for Harry and even asked him to check his speeches.
There have, of course, not been specific allegations made about Charles and Savile similar to the ones now haunting Andrew on account of Epstein, but there has not been any kind of appetite to even get the Prince of Wales to explain his, at best, inexplicably awful misjudgement.
And Savile is not the only paedophile ghost hanging over a man who is still widely expected to take over the throne upon the death of his mother.
He was mentored on a very personal basis by none other than Lord Louis Mountbatten who introduced Savile into the Royal fold, initially as a friend of Phillip. Mountbatten, of course, has recently been exposed – or should I say re-exposed – as a child sex offender by FBI files describing him as a ‘homosexual with a perversion of young boys’.
And, let’s not forget, the shocking Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester Peter Ball, Charles’ spiritual advisor, who was finally jailed at the age of 83 for indecently assaulting a 17-year-old novice monk, along with other sexual offences.
With people like Charles, also publicly accused by his former wife as being plotting to murder her, in Andrew’s corner, where can operation damage limitation possibly go wrong?
Certainly, if the Royals think they can put a lid on the current crisis by being seen to sanction one of their own, all indications are they are going to be very disappointed.
The same FBI are poised to subpoena Andrew to give evidence on the Epstein case.
This should ensure that the Duke of York’s departure ‘for the foreseeable future’ is made final and permanent.
This is not a knockout blow for the Monarchy. But equally it is unlikely to be the last time a Royal is exposed for his dreadful connections. The case against Charles is ready whenever anyone has the balls to take it further.
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