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"But, of course, he won't be sweating because, as he told us, he can't."
If Andrew Windsor, the Queen's favourite son, thought his denials of abusing a teenage girl would pass muster, he's a monumental fool. His infamous Newsnight interview affirmed the man's lack of moral fibre and self-awareness. He felt the interview went well; everyone else saw a disaster. But, unfortunately, that is what you get when you live a life surrounded by sycophants.
Having stonewalled his accuser — pushing her into a corner — a lawsuit is her last option. We know that Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein with Prince Andrew, allegedly taking his pleasure of this girl. The above graphic tracks the flights he took on Epstein's private jet.
These include visits to the infamous island, where several minors resided under the control of Epstein. Even presence on that island shows a lack of judgement. For the record, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the age of consent is 18 years old.
On the subject of evidence against Andrew, it looks compelling. We have photographs, witness corroboration and enough circumstantial material to set alarm bells ringing. Any police officer worth his salt would be 'feeling his collar' and demanding, 'can we have a word?'.
Yet the British police have failed to act, despite alleged events taking place on their soil, which is fertile ground for allegations of a cover-up. Also, we know that Andrew had protection officers with him at times: all his movements were logged with dates, times and places recorded. Any investigator would love to get their hands on that treasure trove.
And if Andrew is innocent, as he claims, these details will clear his name. So, why not cooperate? I think we know why, and Andrew's attempts to avoid a full investigation isn't convincing the British public.
According to the latest YouGov poll, only 6 per cent believe he's telling the truth. So, in the court of public opinion, he at minimum has a case to answer; at worst, people think he is guilty of sex with a trafficked teenager.
During his car crash interview, we learnt that Andrew places much store in honourable conduct. He explained that's why he flew to New York to break off contact with a convicted paedophile personally. And yet, he doesn't have enough honour nor common decency to address these charges.
In truth, Giuffre's attempts to get Andrew into court are likely to fail. As this is a civil case, extradition is not possible. So the best she can hope for is a conviction in absentia. Or a deal is done. GIuffre gets a pay-off, and Randy Andy continues to deny the allegations. Nothing to see here.
Either way, for Prince Andrew, there are no good outcomes. Instead, he will carry the shame of the public's verdict with him for the rest of his life. But, of course, he won't be sweating because, as he told us, he can't.
I'd venture to suggest the trajectory of events. At some point in the not too distant future, the stout heart that beats in the chest of Queen Elizabeth will stop. At that point, Prince Charles will become King after a long apprenticeship.
Charles has already made it clear that he wants a slimmed-down monarchy by resisting Andrew's attempts to elevate his gormless daughters. Thus, with the label of 'Pedo Prince' hanging around his neck, Andrew will skulk off like another prince of piffle, perhaps into foreign exile.
After all, Andrew has long passed his usefulness. He is now the redundant spare because the royal line of succession branched off once Prince Charles started having heirs. The Queen can't even use Andrew in the human meat market of dynastic alliances. That dismal business having faded with rickets and child-chimney sweeps
Over time, as with the Jimmy Savile saga, I suspect more evidence will emerge to substantiate claims against Andrew. Then, so gradually, the cloak of protection offered by the establishment will fall away. Meanwhile, the institution of monarchy is tainted.
But not to worry. It's survived killing boy princes in The Tower, beheadings galore, red hot pokers up the bum, and the Royal 'It's a Knockout'.
So I reckon they'll soldier on.
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.