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Old 01-09-2015, 09:36 AM
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JAN MOIR: What Harry must learn from useless Uncle Andrew* | Daily Mail Online


This seems a rather vicious attack on Andrew, negating anything he's ever done to represent the BRF.
Is he really such a liability?

(At one time he was very popular, moreso than Charles). Now everyone just wants him to go away.

Here's my thought. Charles has caused much more damaged in his time to the monarchy than Andrew. Much more.

At the same time, Charles has done more good for the monarchy than Andrew.

It's a matter of Charles in general doing more for the monarchy than Andrew, and we have lots of good from Charles to focus on now. But let's not forget how ridiculous Charles (and Diana) behaved and how much damage they caused as the PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES.

No doubt they should have behaved to a much higher standard back then, a standard I'm sure Andrew doesn't think he needs to hold himself to. I don't think he needs to hold himself to such a standard either. He won't be king.

He is (or was) the spare, not the heir.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:48 AM
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This is ridiculous.

Whether or not Andrew should continue to have a role representing the monarchy or continue to represent the charities that he's involved with is a very valid discussion. It appears that right now he is being supported in both, but it's not really a decision for Parliament.

The charities chose the royal, so unless they're ending the relationship it is not Parliament's decision whether or not Andrew does engagements with them.

It is the Queen's decision whether or not this work gets noticed in the CC. It is entirely possible that at some point going in the future this may reach a point where it becomes appropriate for the Queen to cease to recognize Andrew in such a function, but that's a bit premature right now.

Andrew does have appointments in various organizations/honours that may be jeapordized by this scandal, but it's still a bit premature to strip him of things. I do think that if charges are laid then he should at least take a leave of absence from various roles or have his involvement suspended, but until then it's still a bit premature. The whole argument that "a politician would have to resign at this point" is a bit absurd because 1. many of Andrew's roles aren't political (it's not his job to be political), and 2. you're blind if you think a politician in a democratic country has to resign every time a scandal breaks out, particularly when charges aren't being laid. Look up the career and personal life of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford if you don't believe me.

Furthermore, the suggestion that keeps being tossed around that Andrew should be stripped of his titles and line in the succession (with no charges brought against him, let alone a conviction) displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how the system works. In order to remove Andrew from the succession 16 realms have to pass legislature. 16 separate realms. 16 realms which haven't all passed the legislature to change the succession to allow equal primogeniture yet. This would have to be done to remove a man who is not first in line, or in the direct line, or really all that likely to ever be king. The last time someone who was at one point 5th in the line of succession became monarch was Queen Victoria - and at her birth, the 4 people ahead of her, including her father, were all 50+. While Andrew might have more chances of becoming monarch than Anne, he still doesn't have much of a chance, and having 16 realms pass legislature to strip him of that minute chance is a waste of time (especially given the lack of charges and/or conviction). Continuing on that path, the only way Andrew could be stripped of his titles is for the British Parliament to do so. Which, sure, if charges are laid and a conviction happens they might want to do that. But should the British Parliament's time really be spent on legislature stripping Andrew of his titles when all that's happened so far is accusations? Not only is it a bit premature, it also sets a bad precedent.
To be clear, I am not suggesting that Andrew should be removed from the line of succession. Even if he did have relations with a 17-year old girl, it wasn't illegal. Neither is trying to intercede on behalf of a friend in a criminal case (at least it is legal in the U.S.).

Perhaps the way forward for Andrew is to take a break from official royal duties but continue with charity work, much as his daughters do now. His work would not be recognized by the CC but he would be working and helping others.

It's unfortunate because he has been fairly effective as a trade representative for the UK. The truth is that there is a cache about meeting a member of the royal family and other country trade reps like to brag about meeting famous people.

Right now though, his reputation has taken a huge hit and he will need time to rebuild it. Quietly doing charity work will help him do so. I am thinking he should get involved in helping former military get jobs, housing, etc...
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:59 AM
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JAN MOIR: What Harry must learn from useless Uncle Andrew* | Daily Mail Onlin This seems a rather vicious attack on Andrew, negating anything he's ever done to represent the BRF.
Is he really such a liability? (At one time he was very popular, moreso than Charles). Now everyone just wants him to go away.
You asked, so I will answer. As an outsider looking at his focus and how he presents himself, he has become my least favorite working royal. CNN or one of the channels I listen to re-aired that interview in which he says (of the air miles Andy nickname) "well that is what one does when one" travels the world. It was the worst possible reply to that question. He sounded entitled, pompous and as if he really believes he's smarter, better and more attractive than the rest of us.

It said a lot to me about how out of touch he was when he left his post as United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment and well over a year later had not updated his web page about the change. It's not as if anyone reading newspapers did not know there had been a change. It looked odd, petty and defiant.

Does he do good - certainly. Does he seem to pick and choose his appearances and leave the curtain pulling to the rest of the family - to me he does.

It always looks to me like there is team Andy and then there is the rest of the family.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:23 PM
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Right now though, his reputation has taken a huge hit and he will need time to rebuild it. Quietly doing charity work will help him do so. I am thinking he should get involved in helping former military get jobs, housing, etc...
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It said a lot to me about how out of touch he was when he left his post as United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment and well over a year later had not updated his web page about the change. It's not as if anyone reading newspapers did not know there had been a change. It looked odd, petty and defiant.

Does he do good - certainly. Does he seem to pick and choose his appearances and leave the curtain pulling to the rest of the family - to me he does.
The vice-chancellor of Huddersfield University has defended Andrew against The Times' accusation that Andrew 'doesn't have a role.' He says Andrew does have a role, supporting British technical education and apprenticeship, and that he does a good job at it. Duke of York defended by Huddersfield v-c | News | Times Higher Education

I've been following the Duke of York's Facebook page since he launched it, last February, as well as his Twitter account, and my eyes have been opened to the nature of his work. Most of it is not foreign trips supporting British trade. Andrew's weekly schedule tends to look like this: visits to technical colleges and universities to encourage apprenticeships; presentations promoting the iDEA awards program for digital entrepreneurs, supported by Nominet Trust and will.i.am; and hosting the Pitch@Palace event where successful businessmen support the winning entrepreneurs.

Andrew is based mostly in London, at Buckingham Palace. He makes some foreign trips, but the bulk of his work is in Britain now, providing opportunities for young people to use and hone their technical skills.

It surprises me that journalists think Andrew 'doesn't have a role.' He does, and it seems to be very clearly defined on his website - he is basically an ambassador for technical education, networking with colleges and interested donors to open doors for young people with digital or technical skills...which are in demand in the working world, but universities haven't quite caught up with relevant programs yet.

I am sorry if this scandal, based on events from 13 or 14 years ago, overshadows what Andrew is doing today.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:30 PM
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JAN MOIR: What Harry must learn from useless Uncle Andrew* | Daily Mail Online


This seems a rather vicious attack on Andrew, negating anything he's ever done to represent the BRF.
Is he really such a liability?

(At one time he was very popular, moreso than Charles). Now everyone just wants him to go away.
The most important thing Andrew has done for himself and in the long term for his family is to parent his children well. Beatrice and Eugenie seem well adjusted young women despite the turbulence they were subjected to as children.

Andrew's biggest problem is that he is stuck in the 18th century when it comes to ideas about Royalty, how they should behave and how they should be treated by the plebes. He reminds me very much of George IV...self-indulgent, self-absorbed, arrogant with an over-active libido. He loves living well and is determined to do so because by God he is a PRINCE and no one should forget it. He usually means well, but is simply not bright or disciplined enough to understand or care about the long term consequences of his behavior. He got away with his boorish behavior as a young man frankly because he was really strikingly handsome. And people tend to make excuses for people with beauty. Look how the press and public handled Sarah compared to Diana. One could argue that Diana's behavior was potentially much more damaging to the monarchy than Sarah's but Diana got a pass because she was more elegant and more beautiful, imo.

Royalty has changed and adapted. Andrew either can't or won't.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:38 PM
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JAN MOIR: What Harry must learn from useless Uncle Andrew* | Daily Mail Online


This seems a rather vicious attack on Andrew, negating anything he's ever done to represent the BRF.
Is he really such a liability?

(At one time he was very popular, moreso than Charles). Now everyone just wants him to go away.
I think members of the media make a mistake in reporting that senior members of the royal family are "useless" when they make errors of judgement. Andrew, as other members of the royal family, work pretty hard on representing The Queen and UK. I think when they make bad mistakes, it's important to separate their mistakes from the official work they do.
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:13 PM
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Hmm, I don't think anyone would have noticed what Jan Moir had to say had the article not referenced Prince Harry.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:29 PM
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From what I've seen, Jan Moir is a very, very negative writer. Her articles are generally unpleasant. As others have posted, Prince Andrew does good work; it's just very sad that he lacks judgement and appears to have a huge sense of entitlement.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:02 PM
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It's ridiculous how people are painting this as the only thing Andrew has done. He is over 50yrs old and has accomplished some good things. I hate how people are just ignoring the good things he has done. It's sad that in 20yrs when George is 20 and Harry is 50 they will be treating him the same way because he is old, no longer good looking, and the second son. It seems the second child of the same sex is thrown under the bus as they age. Margaret, Andrew, even Edward VIII after he became the non king, I've seen some who have bad mouthed Albert Victor as well.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:06 PM
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Well this is interesting to say the least .....

BREAKING: We Can Conclusively Prove That #PrinceAndrew Underaged Prostitute Photo is Fake - GotNews

I wonder will the media pick up on this?
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:22 PM
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Andrew has never said he didn't have a photo with her which I'm sure he would have if it is indeed a fake photo.


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Old 01-10-2015, 10:45 PM
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Andrew has never said he didn't have a photo with her which I'm sure he would have if it is indeed a fake photo.


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Maybe he didn't know. I bet he take pictures with ALOT of people :P
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:51 AM
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...y-Epstein.html
Prince Andrew admits he's been 'foolish' over friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein | Daily Mail Online

"Prince Andrew has admitted he has been a 'fool' over his friendship with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein…

A source close to the Duke told the Sunday Telegraph: 'It would be crass and disingenuous to suggest he has been unaffected by this.
'He is watching the news and reading the headlines and even though the friendship with Jeffrey Epstein was acknowledged as being unwise back in 2011, the Duke has clearly had a long time this week for the consequences of that friendship to further sink in. More than ever, he can see how foolish it was.'"
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:03 AM
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It's good he has admitted his mistake, but I'm afraid it's too late for his reputation and public role.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:59 AM
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Is that the Royal way of saying sorry? Without acknowledge any wrong doing?
Personally I think Andrew only thinks its foolish he got caught.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:12 AM
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A source close to the Duke, anyone close to the Duke would never talk to a newspaper.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:16 AM
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I think that's how they get their story out there ... Close friend etc


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Old 01-11-2015, 08:33 AM
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Or staff/aides when they don't want it to look like the staff/office are briefing about something. Its been the same way for years, sometimes its made up, other times its a way of getting the 'official' point of view over without looking like they'll comment on everything.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:01 AM
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Prince Andrew first met Jeffrey Epstein through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the 1990s.
By 2000, the Prince and Miss Maxwell were holidaying with Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar a Largo Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
In return, Prince Andrew invited Epstein, a wealthy investment banker, to stay at Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor Castle.
Video: Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in 60 seconds - Telegraph
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:11 AM
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It's ridiculous how people are painting this as the only thing Andrew has done. He is over 50yrs old and has accomplished some good things. I hate how people are just ignoring the good things he has done. It's sad that in 20yrs when George is 20 and Harry is 50 they will be treating him the same way because he is old, no longer good looking, and the second son. It seems the second child of the same sex is thrown under the bus as they age. Margaret, Andrew, even Edward VIII after he became the non king, I've seen some who have bad mouthed Albert Victor as well.
I'm afraid you are right XC. People tend to have very short memories. Look at the way the late Queen Fabiola was thrown under the bus at the end despite having led a public life that was virtually beyond reproach for more than 40 years. Particularly when you are no longer young and glamorous, it seems to be easier for the public to turn on you.

But unfortunately Andrew is very vulnerable to this kind of criticism because of his own very foolish and stubborn choices.
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