PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Stop hiding, Andrew, and fight off US sex charges
How deeply unedifying it has been to see Prince Andrew skulking in the bushes at his mother’s Balmoral Estate and before that at Royal Lodge in the shadow of Windsor Castle.
The helicopter hero who flew so bravely in the Falklands is reduced to ‘playing hide and seek behind palace walls’ according to U.S. lawyers.
He’s doing so, they claim, to avoid being served with legal papers in the civil case in America where he is accused of sexually abusing Virginia Roberts. Yesterday those lawyers upped the ante, releasing a photo of the papers being posted to the Prince. This, after the High Court in London ruled he can be served with them.
What on Earth is Andrew playing at? Rather than take up the gauntlet, he is lying low and his legal team are trying to overturn that High Court decision on a technicality.
How deeply unedifying it has been to see Prince Andrew skulking in the bushes at his mother’s Balmoral Estate and before that at Royal Lodge in the shadow of Windsor Castle
None of us are in a position to judge Roberts’ claims that Andrew had sex with her when she was just 17. A Mail investigation showed her story is full of holes and his protestations of innocence may be true.
But we do know he is guilty of monumental misjudgments — not least in his friendship with the monstrous Jeffrey Epstein, who Andrew visited in New York after he had been convicted as a paedophile.
It was Epstein, of course, who groomed Roberts; Epstein who took that photograph of Andrew with his arm round her — a photograph, incidentally, the Prince implausibly suggested had been doctored to frame him.
He’s doing so, they claim, to avoid being served with legal papers in the civil case in America where he is accused of sexually abusing Virginia Roberts. Yesterday those lawyers upped the ante, releasing a photo of the papers being posted to the Prince
The Queen’s favourite son is in serious trouble. But until he co-operates with the law, he will not be able to clear his name. I can understand his reluctance. American law is a jungle. Any attempt to prove his innocence in the courts would turn into a TV show trial.
But the alternative is worse. By failing to act, he is sinking — and dragging the monarchy down with him.
This is the last thing it needs. With Megs and Harry’s self-serving interventions, and Charles’s cash-for-access scandals, the royal brand is taking a beating.
So I beg you Andrew, be the man you were born to be, the devoted son and fearless war veteran. Do your duty to Queen and country, take up the fight to clear your name — and stop hiding in the bushes.
None of us are in a position to judge Roberts’ claims that Andrew had sex with her when she was just 17. A Mail investigation showed her story is full of holes and his protestations of innocence may be true
Is there not something admirable about the way Fergie has stood by her ex-hus band, with whom she still lives in Windsor — and that after all that has happened between them and despite the divorce, she has kept to her 1986 wedding vows of ‘for better, for worse’?
Remainer for a role model Charlie is a prize plumb
The arch-Remainer boss of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins, put a sign on his premises before the referendum saying ‘B******s to Brexit’ and told anyone who cared to listen if we left the EU, he wouldn’t have a business left.
Fast forward five years and Mullins is on the brink of selling his firm for £100million. No apology from him for his apocalyptic Brexit predictions, despite the fact he is now flush with post-Brexit success.
John’s recipe for a role model
Having won The Great British Bake Off with his perfect Heaven and Hell chocolate cake, John Whaite will tonight become part of the first same-sex male partnership on Strictly Come Dancing.
He expected to be the target of homophobic trolls but has not had a single nasty message. ‘Kids who watch the show to have same-sex role models, it’ll give them a little bit of hope for the future that it won’t make them grow up with the same shame I grew up with,’ he says.
Indeed. One small quick-step for man, one giant leap for gay men everywhere.
Despite Martin Bashir forging bank statements to trick Diana into the Panorama interview, Scotland Yard has dropped its investigation into him. Too busy no doubt trying to persecute innocent celebrities on baseless accusations of historic child sex abuse.
Liisi can-can be a big star too…
Curvaceous actress and singer Liisi LaFontaine is to play Satine in the stage version of Moulin Rouge
Curvaceous actress and singer Liisi LaFontaine is to play Satine in the stage version of Moulin Rouge, in which the heroine is a can-can girl dying of consumption.
It reminded me of when my opera-loving Mum took me to see Verdi’s La Traviata, which has a similar story, and taught me the ability of suspending disbelief when the 18 st soprano with the most beautiful voice and the hugest bottom collapsed, consumptive, in the final act on the chaise longue.
She sent it skidding into the curtains and literally brought the house down.
In Afghanistan, Helmand province’s new governor Talib Mawlawi, a former Taliban commander who spent years killing British soldiers, says it’s time to forgive and forget.
Oh, and to hand him millions of pounds of international aid to prop up his bankrupt country.
‘Now you can win our hearts and make us happy if you recognise this government,’ he suggests.
Perhaps we should offer the final say on that decision to the families of the 457 British soldiers who died there.
Love all… of Emma
In the week following her U.S. Open victory, Emma Raducanu trademarked her name ‘Emma’, walked the New York Met Ball’s red carpet draped in Chanel and a fortune in Tiffany diamonds, and was being touted to become the UK’s first billionaire sportswoman.
She arrived home to her family’s modest Bromley house with her team and a car-full of suited security guards in two blacked-out Range Rovers, plus a police escort, and will now have 24/7 protection.
So much so soon. Let’s just hope it’s not too soon for the fresh-faced but extraordinarily composed 18-year-old South East London lass we’ve all fallen in love with.
Whatever the rights or wrongs of letting jihadi bride Shamima Begum back into the UK, many are curious to know more about her supposed ‘hellhole’ Syrian refugee camp where you can access Zoom, a full makeover, hair colour, manicure and designer clothes.
+ DOM RAAB is in a fight over whether he or his replacement Liz Truss gets the keys to Chevening, traditionally the Foreign Secretary’s grace-and-favour country mansion. Little wonder. Robin Cook, ex Labour Foreign Secretary, told me some of the happiest moments of his life were spent waltzing with wife Gaynor on their own in the vast ballroom.
+ AFTER losing a £47 billion deal to build Australia’s nuclear submarines, France says our new Aukus defence pact is a stab in the back — another reason we Brits love it.
+ SNOBS were quick to ridicule Nadine Dorries’s promotion to Culture Secretary. The New York Times wrote: ‘Germany’s culture minister is a trained historian, France’s wrote a book on Verdi,’ — and the UK’s ate ostrich anus on I’m A Celebrity’. She’s also one of our best-selling novelists but since she writes about poor families struggling, her critics sneer at that too.
Oh dear. Just when the Duchess of Sussex thought she’d buried the career of her nemesis Piers Morgan, he’s back. Piers had the temerity to question the woman he describes as Princess Pinocchio over her claims about us horrid Brits. Now he’s to reappear on U.S. and UK TV in a nightly show pricking pomposity.
Time to take cover in your henhouse Megs.
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