Prince Harry becomes first member of the royal family to criticize Duke of York’s ‘shameful’ scandal

The Duke of Sussex said of his uncle Prince Andrew:  - Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Duke of Sussex said of his uncle Prince Andrew: – Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry became the first member of the royal family to publicly criticize Prince Andrew over the Jeffrey Epstein case.

The Duke of Sussex, in his memoir, Spare, which will be officially released on Tuesday, calls the turmoil around his uncle a “shameful scandal.”

Last year, the Duke of York settled a lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre, an American woman who claimed she was trafficked by Epstein, a friend of Prince Andrew, and that the Duke sexually assaulted her twice.

Details of the settlement have not been made public, and Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations and has never admitted any liability as part of the settlement.

Prince Harry says in his book that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, are discussing security arrangements. The couple has been successively embroiled with the royal family and the British government over their personal safety.

Once they stopped working as royalty and migrated to North America, they were no longer entitled to the guarantees offered to the royal family.

Spare writes about Prince Harry’s decision to move to Canada and his discussions with Meghan about the security that the royal family will provide.

The Duke believed it was a “duty” and an “implied promise” to protect them, but his wife asked him if it would be removed.

“Not after what happened to my mother”

“‘Never. Not in this climate of hate. And not after what happened to my mother,'” he told her.

He then wrote: No one suggested removing his security, even though he was embroiled in a shameful scandal in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a girl.

“There are many reasons why people complain about us, but sex crimes weren’t one of them.”

Other members of the royal family have never spoken publicly about Prince Andrew.He can no longer use his HRH title and has lost his military title. It’s a similar arrangement to what Prince Harry reached after he stepped down from his royal duties.

The dispute over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s personal safety has become a major topic of controversy with the royal family.

The King is believed to have personally contributed, at least initially, to the cost of private security in the United States, where the Sussexes live, but he had to cover much of the multi-million pound cost himself.

In a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry raised the issue, claiming his father “literally cut me off financially.”

The line threatened to prevent Sussex from returning to the UK. .

In the book, Prince Harry had to move out of a friend’s house in Hollywood after being spotted by paparazzi, so he had to fund his own security at the time the king ended financial support. I explained that it was not.

Prince Harry admits it’s “ridiculous” for a 30-something to complain about being turned down by his father, but the King is more than just a father, he’s “my boss, banker, auditor. , and the custodian of my money as an adult.”

He compared the situation to being fired with no compensation after a career that left him unable to do anything else, and said his life was like The Truman Show where he did nothing for himself. said it was.