Prince Andrew: 'Long road back to public life' says expert
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Prince Andrew spoke publicly on Sunday as members of the Royal Family gathered at Windsor Palace to mourn the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of York has kept a low profile ever since his disastrous BBC interview with Emily Martlis on his connections with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019. Now Royal expert Rupert Bell has insisted Prince Andrew has a long way to go to repair his reputation in the eyes of the public.
Bell told TalkRADIO: “I think it is a long road back.
“I do not think, yes he said the right things, but there is a lot going on.
“I think it is not an easy road back for him.
“The public are not ready for that and you can see that”
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He continued: “You can talk about Meghan and Harry’s ill-advised interview but that might be from this side of the pond.
“That was the biggest PR disaster and a tragedy for the Queen because she wanted somebody who could be her consort.
“Unfortunately that interview created a major problem and it is not an easy road back for him.”
The 61-year-old prince spoke out following a memorial service for the late Duke of Edinburgh at the weekend.
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In Andrew’s tribute to his father, he said: “He was a remarkable man.
“I loved him as a father. He was so calm.
“If you had a problem, he would think about it.
“That’s the great thing that I always think about, that he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen so it’s a great loss.”
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But the comments from Andrew drew hundreds of complaints from BBC viewers.
Over the last 17 months, Prince Andrew has not taken part in any royal engagements.
He was also not included in the official pictures of the wedding of his daughter Princess Beatrice last year.
While a source close to the Royal Family has said that Prince Charles is “adamant” there is no way back for Andrew while allegations hang over him.
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