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Old 11-02-2011, 07:34 PM
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I agree, scooter. He has no reason to have concern for that property now.
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What on earth could Andrew do about it? The new owner will do what they want it's their property.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:17 PM
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I think this is just a way of using Andrew's name, resurrecting an old "scandal", and thereby selling papers. Anybody who knows anything about property knows that it's no longer your responsibility once you sell it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:51 PM
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Maybe Andrew has been a bit to beneath the radar recently and hasn't done anything controversial so the DM had to raise some 'scandal' because there isn't anything else.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:53 PM
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I have no doubt, Iluvbertie. Spot on.

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Maybe Andrew has been a bit to beneath the radar recently and hasn't done anything controversial so the DM had to raise some 'scandal' because there isn't anything else.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:47 AM
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Sounds like it Iluvbertie. Talk about scrapping the bottom of the barrel for a story.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:59 PM
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Air Miles Andy's £7,700 suites on Far East jaunt at taxpayer's expense | Mail Online

Here's the Daily Mail's most recent offering, summarizing the trip to Asia.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:06 PM
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Air Miles Andy's £7,700 suites on Far East jaunt at taxpayer's expense | Mail Online

Here's the Daily Mail's most recent offering, summarizing the trip to Asia.
The DM is at it again. They make it sound as if Andrew went off on a fun vacation to Asia for the good of his health. Then they imply the hotel cost tax payers 7700 pounds but at then end of the story they quote the palace as saying they get an 80% discount.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:18 PM
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I wonder what Andrew would have to do to have the DM say something nice about him? The thing is, we have no way of knowing how beneficial these trips and therefore do a cost/benefit analysis.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:19 AM
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I don't think, even if he died, the DM would have something nice to say about him. But then again there are some posters on this and other boards who would also probably cheer along with quite a large percentage of the British public.

The man has served his country as asked all his adult life and he just can't get any credit for doing that.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:56 AM
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He's HRH The Duke of York, second son of the Queen where is he supposed to stay? He is dealing with businessmen of great wealth in these countries...people who are impressed with his royal status and who expect him to stay in the top hotels.

The British taxpayers are not being charged for the private plane only for a business fare, the hotel suites were discounted 80% and what Andrew does with his money is his own business. IMO the DM is being very unfair.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:36 AM
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The Daily Mail is just the absolute pits. They take a swipe at one of the Yorks weekly. Andrew gets raked over the coals for absolutely no reason. Aside from his 'Randy Andy' days and being a loyal friend to Jeffrey Epstein, he's done *nothing* controversial.

And yet this kind of coverage from the DM haunts him consistently.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:59 AM
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Unfortunately since Prince Charles is no longer doing anything "news worthy" they had to find another scapegoat.

Ann couldn't give a toss and in her own succinct way, memorably told them to "Naff Off" back in her Eventing days. It looks like it either stuck or they're just plain scared of her because they leave her alone for the most part.

Once Edward and Sophie cut all their private employment they too are good hardworking royals and have nothing "newsworthy" to report. Perhaps they are scared of the Queen!

That leaves Andrew, a bachelor, and we all know that when he was a lad he was "a bit of a lad". So we have a divorced man who absolutely must be doing something wrong . . . . something, anything, there has to be dirt to be found. If not, we invent it.

I think Andrew is the victim of a decade or more long bash. He can't officially reply, yet most of the people he has mixed with in the course of his government sanctioned appointment were introduced to him by members of trade and industry, some even from the government itself. Yet, when their bad habits are exposed it is Andrew who is at fault for becoming a friend. Where is the culpability for those who sent him off to make deals and money for the country.

As to Andrew flying first class and staying in first class hotels, well really, that's why they sent him. A Prince of the Realm is expected to travel and entertain on the same level as any CEO, that's part of the cachet of having a Prince glad handing for you. Are any of those movers and shakers to be found at the economy gate in an airport or and no star hotel? I think not!

It's time people realised that Andrew's use to trade and industry lies in his being and acting like a Prince and not your average Joe. A Prince has the entrée into a world that average people and even many CEO's don't!
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:06 PM
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I think the problem with the property (Sunninghill) is that he sold it to a foreign purchaser for a quick buck, but the foreign purchaser refuses to maintain it. Ordinarily, if a property becomes derelict, the neighbors complain that their property values are being ruined by a neighborhood eyesore. The local government would issue writs requiring the property to be maintained. If these were ignored, the property would be seized and auctioned. The Palace may regard the latter as a bit too high profile for their tastes.
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:23 PM
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I think an analogy would be if I were selling my house and my real estate agent showed up in an old, beat-up car. My first thought would be, "This person can't be a very good agent, or else s/he'd have a nicer car." Image is important; and if Andrew's doing deals for the UK at the highest level, he has to look the part.


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The Duke of York officially inaugurated the Brighton College in Abu Dhabi on November 24, 2011.
On pic 2 he is pictured with Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince's Court.


The Duke of York is on a two-day visit (November 23 & 24) to the United Arab Emirates, mainly
to mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the U.A.E.



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Everyone in the picture seems to be enjoying the occasion. Nice to see.
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IMO, the Daily Mail is directly responsible for the erroneously held, but common, belief among so many people that WHATEVER the Royals do it comes directly from THEIR (taxpayers) pockets. They don't take into account UK business endeavors, discounts or personally funded situations. Just reading the responses in the DM shows again and again how ignorant people really are and it is fueled directly by the less than honest reports by the DM. Andrew has made some dicey decisions but not nearly so many as the DM would have people believe and he certainly has been a contributing member of the RF for which he is given no, or little credit.
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It's not just the DM, though. Lots of other sources are critical of Andrew, and they don't seem to want him to be a contributing member of the RF:

Duke of York's jet-set life continues despite trade role ending - Telegraph
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The Duke of York attended the 2011 Centennial Of Naval Aviation Gala at the National
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Earlier that day he attended a public wreath laying ceremony also honouring the 100th
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