Tran: Prince Andrew’s interview causes controversy


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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has stepped down from his duties following an interview about his friendship with accused sex-offender Jeffery Epstein.

Kelly Tran, Staff Writer

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, announced on Nov. 20 that he will be backing down from public duties due to negative press. As he steps down from the throne, he still sits on a throne of scandals. During a controversial interview, he talked about his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and sexual allegations against himself. 

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein have been acquaintances for many years, and he’s even stayed at Epstein’s home multiple times. It’s suspicious how Prince Andrew says he wasn’t aware of any of Epstein’s disgraceful actions at the time. He says he stayed at his house because “it was a convenient place to stay.” To some critics, this sounds like an excuse so that he can join in on doing wrongdoings along with Epstein.

Since Epstein was accused of sexually exploiting and abusing many minor girls in his house, it raises some red flags about their friendship given the Prince’s position.

Prince Andrew was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was 17 years old. However, he denied these claims in the interview. He says he can’t remember ever meeting her, despite there being a photo of them together and a witness claiming that they saw them together. 

I fully believe Giuffre because she would gain nothing if she lied. It is incredibly brave for her to speak out, especially against someone who’s powerful and rich, and it’s not unusual for someone like Prince Andrew to get away with such a crime; many rich people have gotten away with sexual assault.

He also doesn’t show any sympathy for Epstein’s victims during the interview. Epstein’s victims have endured a lot, and Prince Andrew didn’t show any sympathy for them. It seems like he was only focused on trying to fix his reputation throughout the interview. Throughout all of this, he says he doesn’t regret his friendship with Epstein. The fact that he doesn’t regret being friends with a convicted sex offender says a lot. 

His interview was incredibly skeptical and seemed like an attempt to save his reputation but ultimately failed. Throughout the interview, he seems to be lying about his actions and offers poor justifications when the interviewer confronts him on certain situations. He should be investigated by the FBI, but it’s sad how if he actually is guilty, he’ll probably get away with it because he’s a powerful figure.