Why Did the Queen Take So Long to Call Time on Prince Andrew? squib

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Prince Andrew’s excommunication from royal life, announced this week by the queen, was a dramatic moment, for sure. But, as he prepares to continue fighting or end or settle his legal case with his underage-rape accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Andrew’s expulsion was also an inevitable endpoint of a long sequence of questionable behavior and multiple alarm bells.

Consider these dates. December, 2010: Prince Andrew is photographed walking in Central Park, New York, with Jeffrey Epstein, who had been freed after serving just thirteen months of an eighteen-month sentence in Florida for sex trafficking with minors. Six weeks later, the Mail on Sunday publishes the now infamous picture from 2001 of Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, aged 17, at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house in London.

March, 2011: At a private ceremony at Windsor Castle, the Queen makes Andrew a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order “for personal services to the Queen.”

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