It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
It’s been almost four months since convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein passed away in his Manhattan prison cell. At the time of his death, Epstein was awaiting trial for sexual misconduct for which he was previously not charged.
The reemergence of the Epstein accusations brought with it a lengthy list of high profile names, all of whom were accused of having taken part in the sex ring orchestrated by Epstein and his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is just one of many high profile figures explicitly named by victims of the underage sex ring. While the others have chosen to refrain from the public light, Prince Andrew took a more direct approach to salvage his name.
Hoping to clear up any outstanding confusion, Prince Andrew and his team elected to do an interview with BBC Nightline, hosted by Emily Maitlis. In a disastrous turn of events, Prince Andrew’s answers, or lack therefore of, left viewers more puzzled or more confident in their convictions. Either way, it did not go well for the duke.
The fallout of the interview only verifies this. On Wednesday, the prince officially stepped down from his royal duties, with follow-up news coming from The Times that he has been asked to remove his private office out of Buckingham Palace.
In addition, his former private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been relieved of her position and will transition to becoming the chief executive of the duke’s Pitch@Palace startup incubator. Thirsk will have quite a load on her hands, as the organization has lost a significant number of sponsors.
KPMG, Cisco, and Barclays have all cut ties with the initiative, while AstraZeneca is reviewing its expiring partnership.
To add to the long list of institutions jumping the rapidly sinking ship, both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Metropolitan University have removed the duke as a patron. Students at the University of Huddersfield will vote on a motion to remove Prince Andrew as the school’s chancellor.
The largest shocker of the week, however, is that Prince Andrew is actually considering doing a second interview ‘to set things right’. Given the duke was offered an open opportunity to state his piece and neglected to say anything, a second interview doesn’t sound like the greatest idea.
Then again, we aren’t royalty so obviously we have no idea how to handle ourselves. All we can say is…
Epstein didn’t kill himself.
We couldn’t help ourselves.