News & Opinion | April 10, 2022 6:01 pm

Even Without Social Media, Prince Andrew Keeps Getting Into Scandals

An increasingly bizarre public spectacle

Prince Andrew
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York sits with his brother Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex as they attend a Service of Thanksgiving for Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 29, 2022.
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Earlier this year, Prince Andrew’s presence on social media got noticeably smaller, which is to say effectively nonexistent. This was widely perceived to be a good thing, given that royal in question was at the center of a host of scandals — notably arising from his association with Jeffrey Epstein and accusations of sexual assault against him.

After Prince Andrew reached a settlement with Virginia Giuffre for an undisclosed amount, you might expect that to be the last we’d hear from him. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In a new article for Air Mail, Stuart Heritage chronicles the latest series of scandals to embroil Prince Andrew.

This includes Prince Andrew’s connections to Selman Turk, a banker accused of embezzling millions of pounds. As Heritage’s article points out, a onetime client of Turk’s paid Prince Andrew a million pounds at roughly the same time Turk won an award from the prince’s Pitch@Palace initiative.

As Heritage points out, these aren’t the only scandals Prince Andrew is currently enmeshed in; there’s also the bizarre occasion of him using his ex-wife’s Instagram account to reflect on his time in the Falklands War before deleting the post. The whole thing feels like a case study in taking an already-damaged reputation and somehow making it much, much worse.