Piers Morgan Slams Prince Andrew for ‘Cowardly Silence’ & Urge Him To Speak Out – Royal Fans React
British journalist Piers Morgan called out the Duke of York in a written piece urging him to speak out about the sex abuse allegations against him. Here’s what royal fans and his ex-wife had to say.
Piers Morgan has slammed Prince Andrew for “cowardly silence” and urged him to speak out. Morgan penned an article for Mail Online recently calling out the royal for being mum following sexual misconduct allegations.
News recently broke that Prince Andrew’s sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts is suing him for battery, sexual assault, and emotional distress.
Roberts, 38, claims in the lawsuit filed in the federal US court that she was forced to have sex with the royal on three occasions in New York, London, and the Caribbean.
She claims it all occurred under the orders of his late billionaire pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein. Now that she is an adult, the claim is categorized as "child abuse" because Roberts was 17 years old and considered a minor under state law.
"Prince Andrew's actions…constitute extreme, outrageous conduct that shocks the conscience. Prince Andrew's sexual abuse of a child who he knew was a sex-trafficking victim, and when he was approximately 40 years old, goes beyond possible bounds of decency and is intolerable.”
I know you are a royalist and thought it would be a bias article but you have taken a very neutral view. Good article.— Ben (@Benball22598020) August 10, 2021
The suit also accuses the Duke of publicly pretending to not know of Epstein's sex-trafficking operation and sympathy for his victims and then refusing to cooperate with the FBI.
During each of the three alleged encounters, the lawsuit states Roberts was "compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell and Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with the Duke."
Roberts allegedly “feared for physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority.”
I dont like the way prince Andrew conducted himself in the tv interview. However how does a person defend themselves against an allegation of sexual assault from 30yrs ago if they are innocent?— kate commonsense (@KateCommonsense) August 10, 2021
She filed the lawsuit on August 9 and released a statement on CBS News revealing what the Duke did to her and why she filed:
“Today, my attorney filed a suit against Andrew for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act. As the suit lays out in detail, I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.”
I can't imagine the Queen as the head of the family will allow Andrew to go over there. There is no legal requirement for him to go either. As there is still a chance he is innocent then it's easier to stay silent. I have a feeling that may change after the trials— Martin Watts-Hughes (@HughesWatts) August 10, 2021
Social media users had a lot to say about the recent allegations that have come to light and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
"I know you are a royalist, and I thought it would be a biased article, but you have taken a very neutral view. Good article,” one user said of Morgan’s piece on the matter.
One person pointed out Prince Andrew’s behavior in a previous BBC interview and stated: “I don’t like the way Prince Andrew conducted himself in the TV interview. However, how does a person defend themselves against an allegation of sexual assault from 30 years ago if they are innocent?”
One other individual extended their sympathy towards the royal monarch, “I can’t imagine the Queen as the head of the family will allow Andrew to go over there. There is no legal requirement for him to go either.”
The Twitter user added that it is easier for him to stay silent because there is still a chance that he is innocent. "I have a feeling that may change after the trial."
Prince Andrew’s former wife Sarah Ferguson also had something to say about the scandal last month, and she expressed that she continues to support the father of her kids.
“Whatever the challenges he has, I will stand firm to the co-parenters that we are together… I believe that he’s a kind, good man, and he’s been a fabulous father to the girls,” said the Duchess of York.
The Duke and Duchess of York are parents to two daughters Princess Eugenie, 31, and Princess Beatrice, 32, and are also grandparents to Eugenie’s 5-month-old son, August. Beatrice is also expecting her first child.
Prince Andrew stepped down from his public duties as a member of the Royal Family back in 2019, stating that he regretted his association with Epstein, but denied any wrongdoing.
He has previously denied the allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him by Roberts or any relations with her. "Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation," Buckingham Palace said in a 2019 statement to CNN.
Prince Andrew, whose royal title is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, and a brother to Prince Charles.
He is now number nine in the line of succession of the British throne since his nephews have gone on to have children of their own, making him slip lower.
With that said, he is now considered the “spare heir” as he has seen his chances of ascending the throne diminish, yet he still faces heavy criticism and expectations of being royal.
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