Prince of Wales, Charles, does not see the light at the end of the tunnel for his younger brother Prince Andrew regarding the allegations against him. Royal fans had some thought-provoking comments about the issue.
Prince Charles reportedly spoke out about his brother Prince Andrew’s scandal. A royal insider revealed the future king of England said his sibling would never return to public life because of the US lawsuit against him alleging sexual abuse.
The Prince of Wales believes the scandal has done so much damage that even if the Duke of York is proven innocent, it will be a constant reminder of the reputational risk to the Royal Family posed by his links to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a source said.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on June 15, 2015 in Windsor, England | Photo: Getty Images
Prince Andrew was booted from royal duties in November 2019 following his disastrous attempts to justify his friendship with the late pedophile Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
However, the ongoing scandal escalated when longtime accuser Virginia Roberts sued the Duke in Manhattan federal court, with the UK police re-examining whether to launch a full investigation.
A source close to Prince Charles said, “Charles loves his brother and has the ability to have sympathy for the slings and arrows that his brother endures.”
Judging by the latest bombshells, the insider insisted, “However, this will be unwelcome reputational damage to the institution,” adding:
“He has long ago concluded that it is probably an unsolvable problem.”
The insider further explained that the current circumstances would further strengthen the 72-year-old's mind that his young brother's return is highly impossible at this point.
Royal fans took to Twitter to share their stance, with one person questioning the royal siblings’ relationship. "Does he have a relationship with his brother then for it to be his business,” one user asked.
One user had an interesting thought on whether the circumstances are solvable or not and noted, “It’s solvable, Andrew needs to face his accusers in court… It’s unsolvable for the royals as they think they are above the law.”
Another person proposed a solution and said, “Put Andrew behind bars and pay his victims large settlements…. SEE it IS solvable.”
The scandal has found the princes butting heads with the eldest brother taking a stand as the head of the family and making bigger decisions about moving forward.
Prince Andrew and Prince Charles have had a rocky relationship over the years and have never particularly been warm with each other during those periods.
They have clashed several times over issues to do with the Royal Family. According to The Times, Princes Charles called his mother from his trip in New Zealand and advised her to strip the younger prince of his duties after his "car-crash" interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019.
The move was made to reportedly “stem the tide of publicity” about his friendship with Epstein. Upon his return, the siblings allegedly had a “crisis lunch” at Sandringham, where Prince Charles labeled his brother the “riot act.”
That was not the end of it. ITV reported Prince Charles once said his brother was “like a fizzy drink that has been shaken up and the top taken off.”
Their feud was also portrayed on the series “The Crown” as “warring brothers.” The show displayed jealousy between the two in season four.
Prince Andrew (Andrew Buchan) accused Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) of being jealous of his military record and popularity around the time of his wedding to Sarah Ferguson.
However, a royal expert Katie Nicholl disputed the portrayal and claimed it was "not accurate," mainly because the pair had a close relationship in the early years of their marriages.
Together with their wives, Ferguson and the late Princess Diana, they established themselves as the original “Fab Four” of the Royal Family, Nicholl told Australian website 9Honey.
She added the royal rivalry between the brothers only started later in their lives and that before that, when they were handsome young princes, they did a lot together, including going on holidays and ski trips.
While Prince Charles is the older brother, Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip. Their second child is Princess Anne.
Prince Andrew was born on February 19, 1960. At the time of his birth, he was the second in line to the British throne, behind his brother but before their sister.
Now the royal is ninth in line following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child, daughter Lilibet Diana.
Prince Andrew got married to Ferguson on July 23, 1986, at Westminster Abbey, but their marriage did not last. However, they welcomed two beautiful daughters, Princess Eugenie, in August 1988 and Princess Beatrice in March 1990.
The former couple eventually separated in 1992 and got divorced in 1996. Despite being exes, the pair remain close as co-parents. The two are also grandparents to Princess Eugenie's son, August. Their daughter Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child.