Prince Andrew ‘pompous as ever’ in new BBC documentary claims commentator

Prince Andrew remembers father Prince Philip in documentary

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Last week the BBC broadcast ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’, which saw members of the Firm pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9. The programme was initially made to mark the Duke’s 100th birthday on June 10. Senior members of the Royal Family spoke about Philip in glowing terms including Prince Harry, despite the rift that has grown between the Duke of Sussex and his family in recent years.

Surprisingly, Philip’s son Andrew was also included despite his ongoing New York legal battle, and the scrutiny he has faced from his affiliation with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

Andrew’s documentary appearance came days after the lawyer of Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed legal papers regarding a civil sexual assault case involving Ms Giuffre were issued to the Duke.

Ms Giuffre is suing Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17, though the royal has strongly denied the allegations and is currently residing in Balmoral. 

The prince has consistently denied the claims, and told Newsnight in 2019: “It didn’t happen ‒ I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.

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“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers. 

Mr Myers claimed that Prince Andrew was “pompous as ever” in the BBC documentary commemorating Philip. 

He said: “Andrew pops up […] being pompous as ever. 

“Everyone was really quite heartfelt. 

“I think William always carries himself well, Harry came across well.”

He added: “[Andrew’s] only contribution really was ‘I remember being in the castle, or the palace’.

“Everything was dropped in to… ‘remember I’m a prince’ basically”.

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In the documentary Andrew spoke about the impact of Prince Philip on the Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. 

He said: “My children had the most amazing relationship with their grandfather.”

He then recounted his own memories of the Duke, adding: “My earliest memories of my father was him reading stories to us here at the castle.

“He taught us how to swim, he taught us how to play badminton, he taught us all sorts of sports.”

In another segment Andrew discussed how organised his father’s personal study was, by making the unconventional comparison to the bridge of a ship.

He said: “His study was rather like a bridge of a ship, because the bridge is very well organised in the sense that everything is in reach. 

“We all do the same things, things are arranged around you, but he did it in a more exacting way than you or I would do it.”

Backlash after the Duke of York’s November 2019 “car crash” Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis about his relationship with Epstein, he stepped back from public duties, including all his patronages.

He appeared in public for the first time since outside a church service in Windsor in the wake of his father’s death.

He told reporters that Philip’s death was a “terrible loss” and that the family were “rallying around” the Queen. 

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