It's been the scandal to end all scandals this year, an "annus horribilis" 2.0, and one of the biggest tests the monarchy has faced in decades.
The friendship between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein was a controversial revelation to begin with, but when Virginia Roberts (Giuffre) came out and said Andrew had slept with her on more than one occasion when she was just seventeen years old, the scandal got deeper and deeper.
It seems as if Prince Andrew should have dug himself a hole all the way to China by now.
The Interview That Was Seen Round The World
Thinking he would find some sort of redemption, Prince Andrew sat down for an interview with Emily Maitlis for BBC's Newsnight, and suffice it to say, it was a massive accident that we just couldn't look away from.
From Andrew claiming he was incapable of sweating to telling a story about how he took his daughter to a birthday party at Pizza Express the night Virginia claimed they slept together, the prince made himself look absolutely ridiculous.
Not only that, but the lack of empathy he displayed showed just how out of touch he was with the situation.
Emily Maitlis Wrote About The Interview Experience
Emily Maitlis wrote an article for The Guardian about her experience interviewing Prince Andrew, and what went down behind the scenes.
She writes, "We began to record. I thought about how reasonable he sounded. He was explaining why Jeffrey Epstein was never really his friend, more 'a friend of a friend'. For one moment, I imagined I had got everything wrong, misunderstood the story entirely. But I stuck to the line of questioning. And it paid off."
She continues, "Does he regret the visit to stay with Epstein? 'Yes.' Does he regret the whole friendship?
It was around 16 minutes into the interview – and it was the answer that, for me, changed everything.
'Still not,' And told me of the opportunities he was given by Epstein that were 'actually very useful …'.
It was such a candid admission, such a bald refusal to play the game with any wider apology or regret. It would become the pivotal moment of the entire hour."
Prince Andrew Was "Fired" From The Royal Family
When it came out that Prince Andrew would be stepping down from his royal duties, everyone knew what really happened; he wasn't leaving voluntarily, he was being forced out amid fears the scandal would affect the entire monarchy.
Apparently, it was Prince Charles and Prince William who talked the Queen into this, obviously fearing for their own future positions as heir's to the throne.
A source told The Sun, "The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision. It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters. It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced."
The Royal Family Has Shown They Are Quietly Supporting Prince Andrew
While it appeared the royal family was severing ties with the prince, and disappointed in his behavior, this may have all been for show.
Apparently, Andrew showed up to the Queen's annual Christmas party that she throws for her staff, proving he is not as big of an outcast as we once thought.
Phil Dampier, a royal expert, said, “The fact that Andrew has turned up to this Christmas event at Buckingham Palace today shows that he is being supported by the rest of the royal family. If he had not gone, it would have looked terrible — like he was an outcast from his own relatives.”
Not only that, but Prince Charles was seen walking with Prince Andrew yesterday to a private church service, signaling there is the support between the siblings.
Despite the fact that Andrew didn't walk with the rest of the family to church, later on, fearing he would he heckled by those waiting on the way, it appears the family is showing he still has their support in private.
Is this really the best course of action? While they are a family yes, the accusations against the prince are not exactly small, and it would seem he shouldn't exactly be supported. This support, whether public or private, isn't a good look.