Prince Andrew Interview: Queen Elizabeth II "Believes Him 100 Percent" And "Backs" Him
Reportedly, the Queen gave the final go ahead for the Prince Andrew interview with the BBC. There are now calls for Andrew to scale back his royal duties as the interview was seen as such a disaster by most.
According to the Daily Mail, "The Queen and other senior royals have told Prince Andrew that 'back and believe' him '100 per cent' after his calamitous interview with the BBC." A Palace insider has said that the Queen gave Andrew her private support for the Newsnight interview, however she will not be publicly commenting on the matter. The interview came after Prince Andrew faced criticism for his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew's royal duties will not be cut back
Prince Andrew was accused of having sex with Epstein's "slave", 17-year-old (at the time) Virginia Roberts, three times. He has obviously denied these allegations and had a disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight this past Saturday night about the entire situation. Calls for Prince Andrew to scale back his royal duties after the interview, in which his PR adviser quit after advising him not to take it, have been made. However, the Duke of York has been reassured that his royal duties will not be cut back.
The Queen is backing Prince Andrew all the way
The Queen appeared somber yesterday as she went riding with her Head Groom Terry Pendry. The Daily Mail reported that "a senior royal source said: 'His Royal Highness has the backing of the Queen and his close family, they believe in him totally and think he has shown strength for telling the truth and admitting errors he has made'."