The extraordinary sight of Prince Andrew walking down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile after the queen’s coffin on Monday, as if he hadn’t recently paid millions of dollars to settle a sexual assault case, is hard to imagine. accept.
Indeed, one young man, so far identified only as Rory, was angry enough at the sight of this embarrassingly normal behavior of Andrew to shout, “Andrew, you’re a sick old man.” He was on time being dragged away and caught.
On Tuesday, it was announced that he had been charged with a breach of the peace. A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with a breach of peace on the Royal Mile at around 2:50pm on Monday. He was released with a pledge to appear at the Edinburgh sheriff’s court at a later date and a report will be sent to the prosecutor’s financial office. “
But Rory’s job was done.
Andrew sank again.
A royal source told The Daily Beast that Andrew’s presence at events this week should not be construed as King Charles endorsing his return to public life and that he would be “disappearing” for the most part. after the funeral rites for the queen are completed.
Until those words reverberate through the quiet and terrifying streets of Edinburgh, and then reverberate a million times on social media and online news feeds, it is possible to believe that by Somehow, somehow, Andrew would go so far with encroaching on the globe of sadness and respect for his mother into a second chance to live openly for himself.
The omens of Andrew’s rehabilitation have, up to that point, looked good.
His brother, King Charles, who despised Andrew and whose way of life dates back decades, was surprisingly popular; first, he gave Andrew permission to travel to Scotland on an official RAF jet with his heirs, Prince William and Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie.
There is little doubt that Andrew, never letting a good crisis go to waste, seems to be looking to use his mother’s death to put a coat of white paint on his image, even if it’s in an affectionate way. dear. comfort her daughter under the glare of the camera at Balmoral or adopt the queen’s puppy.
British affection for dogs is well-documented, and the queen’s corgis are perhaps the most famous pets in the country.
Make no mistake, this is not a quiet gesture to help the family. Andrew’s team shouted it from the rooftops, with journalists briefing friends, including the Daily Beast: “The corgis will be back to live at the Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess (( Andrew and Sarah). It was the Duchess who found the puppies given to Her Majesty by the Duke. The Duchess bonded with HM through dog walking and horseback riding and even after her divorce, she will continue her wonderful friendship with HM by walking the dog and chatting. “
By taking the dogs with him, Andrew may hope he can convince one or two percent of the population to “go ahead” from the sexual abuse and rape allegations for which he has paid millions of dollars. to settle earlier this year without admitting liability.
To everyone’s great surprise, it was announced on Monday that Prince Andrew will take a central role in all of next week’s major events: he will attend no less than five important ceremonial events. solemnities include today and thanksgiving processions, a procession to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, followed by a service of prayer and reflection; A “Vigil of the Princes” at Westminster Hall, a State Funeral in London and a subsequent Visitation at St George’s Chapel of Windsor.
What was most surprising, however, was a briefing for journalists on Monday, at which it was revealed that Andrew would be allowed to wear the uniform he coveted for the “Vigil of the Princes — while Prince Harry is not.
Some readers may recall that uniform was a very important issue at Prince Philip’s funeral, when all mourners were required to wear casual suits, to give Harry a tall male royal. the only rank that has no connection to the armed forces, the shame of being the odd man in the civilian population.
Andrew, amazingly, still holds the title of vice admiral of the navy, and although he will not be allowed to wear his uniform at all events (the palace says the uniform is only for royals). work, without providing a reason) an official palace source said he would be allowed to wear his military uniform “as a special mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen during the ceremony.” take the final oath at Westminster Hall.”
Prince Harry could be forgiven if he concludes that his family is somewhat conflicted.
On Thursday, he had to take a private jet, was told not to take his wife to Scotland and dinner apart from his father and brother. On Saturday, his father said on television: “I also want to express my love to Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
On Sunday, Harry agreed to appear with William just to have William’s team Continuous shooting with the media that it was all William’s idea.
And on Monday, he was basically told that Andrew got a special mark of respect, but he didn’t.
Harry, one can deduce the assessment by a tweet sent by his unofficial spokesman Omid Scobie, covered the news of Uncle Andrew’s generous treatment compared to his depravity.
So at 2:50 p.m., when the solemn procession left the official royal residence in Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, headed for St Giles’ Church, and he took his place with his brothers and sisters. Prince Andrew can feel quite excited. how everything goes. But, with those six words, “Rory” ignited and sunk Andrew’s hopes.
There are some who would say that marching Andrew down the streets of Scotland was perhaps not the smartest opening move in King Charles’s rule of Scotland. The country has a strong nationalist movement, and while millions of citizens revere the queen, only 45% support the monarchy compared to 62% across the UK (including Scotland).
Andrew is a walker (if not a damaged reputation – something Rory would remind all too rowdy royals about.
“The way that kid reacts will remind the royal family that the public will be happy to never see Prince Andrew again,” a former royal member told The Daily Beast. “He was an unlikable, arrogant man with no institutional support. Including him in this week’s events was a mistake. This is not a family funeral. It’s a state affair. She may be his mother – but she is everyone’s queen. “