Queen making mule-ish mistake in not casting out Prince Andrew, says expert

A royal expert has slammed the Queen as "positively mule-ish" for refusing to cast Prince Andrew from the Royal Family.

Daniela Elser's comments came after the Telegraph reported the Queen's second son will join her for the Garter Day ceremony at Windsor Castle on June 13, in a private capacity.

He will also be listed in the next day’s Court Circular with his HRH title, which he supposedly gave up at the start of this year when he faced a civil sex abuse trial in New York.

The Times also reported this weekend that the Queen has no plans to appoint a new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, after Andrew was forced to give up the role, "to avoid 'a dagger to the heart" for him.

Writing an opinion piece for news.au.com, royal commentator Elser asked: "What. The. F***. Maam?"

"Her Majesty’s steadfast refusal to learn from the events of the last two and a half years is positively mule-ish," she said.

"There is no single person who has done more to mortally wound the monarchy in the last century than Andrew.

"While he has of course never been charged with a crime, nor has there ever been any suggestion he might be, it is indisputable that he still happily spent several nights under the same roof as a man who was by then on the sex offender’s register."

She went on to reference Andrew's famous 2019 interview with Channel 4's Emily Maitlis, when the then-Duke was quizzed over his relationship with Jeffery Epstein and the accusations made against himself by Virginia Giuffre.

Andrew agreed the settlement with Giuffre in February this year after she accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17, thought to be £12million.

The settlement was not an admission of guilt.

After the case was settled, a statement from both Andrew and Giuffre's lawyers said: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement.

“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed). Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.

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“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.

“It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years.

“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.

“He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”

A spokesperson for the Queen has been contacted for comment.

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