Andrew becomes a ‘pariah Prince’ as plaque removed

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Senior officers at Devon and Cornwall Police took the decision to take down the commemorative panel which had been on the wall of Torquay police station since 2001. It comes as a sign of how the Duke of York has become a “pariah prince” in the wake of his civil sex case.

Assistant Chief Constable Jim Nye of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Following a complaint we received from a member of the public, a decision was made to move the plaque from public display.

“The recent removal of Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronages were also taken into account when making this decision.”

The Queen’s second son has strong links with Devon, having trained at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth from 1979 to 1980.

In 2019, he oversaw celebrations at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta, of which he was patron, just a few weeks after the death of paedophile tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in a Manhattan prison cell while held on sex trafficking charges.

Andrew faces a civil sexual assault lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with him by Epstein.

The Duke denies the allegation.

Last week he was stripped of his honorary military roles and royal patronages after losing a legal bid to have the case thrown out.

Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on December 29 of procuring teenage girls for Epstein and is due to be sentenced in the summer.

An ITV documentary is due to be aired on Tuesday with two contributors suggesting Maxwell and the Duke were so comfortable around each other that they gave the impression there had been in a relationship.

Euan Rellie, who socialised with Maxwell, said: “I got the sense that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been boyfriend and girlfriend in the past.

“They had an easy warmth around each other.”

Former royal protection officer Paul Page said he believes he first met Maxwell in 2001, adding: “From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace, go in and out, we thought she was having an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew.

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“A colleague of mine remembers her coming in four times in one day, from the morning till the evening – in and out, in and out…”

The Duke’s love of his soft toy collection is also due to feature in the documentary which alleges he would throw a tantrum if teddy bears were moved.

A picture of Andrew’s cuddly possessions was reportedly kept in a drawer to help household staff position them properly on his bed.

The claims are made by Mr Page in the ITV programme Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile.

Speaking about the Duke’s private apartment, Mr Page said: “It had about 50 or 60 stuffed toys positioned on the bed.

“And, basically, there was a card the inspector showed us in a drawer and it was a picture of these bears all in situ on the bed.

“And the reason for the laminated picture was that, if those bears weren’t put back in the right order by the maids, he would shout and scream and become verbally abusive.”

The documentary is due to start at 9pm.

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