Princess Beatrice is said to be absolutely distraught over her dad Prince Andrew’s BBC interview last week, with reports claiming she’s ‘reining in’ her wedding plans for next year after the fallout.
Andrew denies any allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by his friend Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who killed himself in a US prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
However, his rambling explanations in a disastrous BBC TV interview, left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein's victims drew widespread condemnation.
Firms such as telecoms giant BT, UK bank Barclays, and at least three Australian universities are among those who have distanced themselves from Andrew following the BBC interview.
The Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are said to be humiliated and upset, despite his eldest daughter championing the interview before it went to air.
"Beatrice has been in tears every day since the interview went out," a source told The Sun.
"Initially, Beatrice was sceptical that a television interview, which would inevitably delve into her father's private life, was such a good idea.”
It’s believed Beatrice met with interviewer Amanda Thirsk three days before she was due to sit down with her father at Buckingham Palace and according to the source, the 31-year-old came around to the idea of the interview, saying it was “the only way to put all the rumours behind them”.
Now, it’s being claimed that the interview has also forced the Queen’s granddaughter to change her wedding plans for next year, when she’s due to tie the knot with fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
"It will be more low key. Bea and Edo are happy for their wedding to get less attention," a source told the Daily Mail.
Despite her sister, Princess Eugenie, receiving all the pomp and pageantry of a royal wedding just last year, when she married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, it’s believed Beatrice may even opt to hold her nuptials in her mother Sarah Ferguson's back garden.
"I will not be surprised if she has a rather quiet wedding, out of the public eye, with a few photos, no live coverage,” the source said.
The demise of Prince Andrew
Last week, it was announced in a statement that Prince Andrew is stepping down from his royal duties ‘for the foreseeable future’, as it’s become clear to him that his association with the late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, has become a ‘major distraction’ to the royal family's work.
The prince said his mother Queen Elizabeth had given him permission to step back from royal duties.
"Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission," he said.
He said he regretted his association with the former US businessman and that he ‘deeply sympathises’ with Epstein’s victims.
"Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required," he said.
Fears for the Queen
The Prince Andrew debacle has left everyone concerned about Her Majesty The Queen’s health, despite the fact that she has weathered many the royal scandal in her years on the throne.
While the Queen is firmly standing by her second son’s side, it’s believed the stress of the situation is getting too much for the 93-year-old, especially as her successor, Prince Charles, is currently in New Zealand on royal tour and her husband, Prince Philip, is recovering after reportedly ‘taking a wobble’.
“The Queen is under strain,” a source said in an interview with The Sun. “She’s telling everyone she’s fine because that’s what she does.”
“But she’s 93 and it’s obvious this is going to take a real toll, so everyone is incredibly concerned.”
The source went on to say that the Queen had been ‘content’ with the state of the royal family for the past few years.
Prince Charles and Camilla were finally winning over the approval of the public, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s popularity was soaring, and the ‘wild child’ of the family, Prince Harry, had found a wife and was about to settle down.
However, with the country reeling over Brexit and now the Prince Andrew scandal causing the royal family to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the insider said it’s ‘going to be a strange Christmas’ for the Windsors.
Sarah Ferguson behind disastrous interview?
Reports have suggested the ‘driving force’ behind Andrew’s candid sit-down with the BBC was none other than the royal’s ex-wife and close confidante, Sarah Ferguson.
The claims came from the Daily Mail, who quoted a source saying that Fergie 'encouraged' and 'convinced' the father of her two adult daughters to share his story in a dramatic hour-long interview with the BBC.
“When the possibility of this interview arose, Sarah felt that it could be the best way of clearing his name while presenting the public with a look at the real Andrew,” the publication’s source claimed.
“The interview gave him the chance to address the negative headlines rather than leave them unanswered and present his version of events.
“Given how damaging this scandal has been in the past six months, Sarah felt Andrew needed to get ahead of the matter to give his public image a better chance of recovery.”
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