Buckingham Palace is being accused of having “double standards” in investigating allegations of intimidation leveled against Meghan Markle, but not allegations of sexual abuse involving Prince Andrew.
Observers at the palace shouted “The Firm” on Friday after Queen Elizabeth ordered an investigation into allegations that Markle mistreated staff during her period as royal.
“Why is there an investigation into this harassment but there hasn’t been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein?” Carolyn Durand, co-author of a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, asked on Sky News.
“Why has he not been urged to cooperate with the US authorities?” added from Andrew, a close friend of wealthy convicted pedophile Epstein.
Andrew, 61, is believed to be the queen’s favorite son and was caught up in the Epstein scandal after one of the financier’s victims claimed he was forced to sleep with royalty when he was 17 years old.
The scandal over Andrew’s friendship with Epstein led the Duke of York to withdraw from his royal duties in November 2019, after a disastrous interview with the BBC in which he offered a series of bizarre claims to defend himself against Virginia Roberts’ allegations. Giuffre.
While Andrew was outcast, Buckingham Palace never ordered an investigation into the allegations against him.
Durand, co-author of “Finding Freedom,” also noted that Prince Harry was stripped of his three honorary military titles when he and his wife stepped down as royals last year to seek a new life in California.
“Why were they stripped of Prince Harry’s military honors but not Prince Andrew’s?” Durand asked.
He added that “double standards” was something Markle had “really struggled with” during her time as royalty.
Both Markle, 39, and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the allegations of intimidation against the Duchess, although they are reportedly expected to be involved in the investigation.
The couple claim they are the victims of a calculated “smear campaign” by the royal family ahead of their long-awaited interview with Oprah Winfrey.