Royal rebel: Why Prince Andrew ‘thought he was above rules applying to others’

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    The Queen’s second son has been called to assist as a witness in the US’ investigation into deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein once again, following the arrest of his friend, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Andrew is said to be “bewildered” by the repeated requests to help. He claims he has offered his assistance three times to the American authorities but has had no response. The representative of the 16 accusers of paedophilia against Epstein, Gloria Allred, said recently that Andrew must “contact the FBI immediately” to help the investigation.

    Indeed, Virginia Giuffre — nee Roberts — has alleged that she was trafficked by Epstein and Ms Maxwell, and instructed to have sex with Andrew on three separate occasions between 2001 and 2002.

    She also warned that the royal “is not above the law” in January.

    According to Nigel Cawthorne’s 2020 biography, ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’, Andrew has indicated that he considered himself “above the rules that apply to others” in the past.

    Reportedly, the royal once told a police officer in 2002 that he was in a hurry so could not be given a speeding ticket.

    Mr Cawthorne claimed he then “drove off before he could be given a ticket”. It turns out he was going to a golf tournament.

    The biographer added: “Three years later there was a stand-off at Melbourne Airport in Australia when he refused to subject himself to a routine security screening before boarding a flight to New Zealand.”

    A figure on the airport security team reportedly said: “Who does he think he is?”

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    The National Audit Office also investigated 41 of Andrew’s journeys in 2005 after he spent £3,000 on a flight to a business lunch in Oxford alone.

    Ian Davidson MP commented at the time: “This option is not open to many of us and the junior member of the Royal Family appears to regard the public purse as a bottomless pit to be drawn on as and when he wishes.”

    Yet, Andrew replied: “The helicopter is very often the most efficient way of packing in as many engagements as we can.

    “It enables us to see more people all over the country, do more things and get better value for time and money out of my role as Special Representative.”

    However he did add that he “couldn’t expect the British people to accept his explanation because he also used the helicopter and other means of travel looking for the finest golf courses”.

    The biographer concluded: “Certainly Andrew thought he was above the rules that apply to others.”

    According to Mr Cawthorne, in spite of the strong criticism from the public, Andrew did not attempt to reduce his travel costs.



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