It seemed like you couldn’t go anywhere over the weekend without hearing the name of recently dead Jeffrey Epstein. And among those conversations, you might have also heard the names of rich, famous, and powerful people who were associated with Jeffrey Epstein and his awful side-business. Like Prince Andrew, Duke of York, whose name kept popping up, due to the accusations of sexual assault on a minor that was allegedly introduced to him through Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew could have gone into hiding, but instead he spent the day after Jeff’s death attending a church service with his mummy, Queen Elizabeth. Someone at Buckingham Palace spent their Saturday night working hard on a Ye Olde Damage Control plan. Well, harder than usual.
The New York Post reports that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew were photographed yesterday morning while driving to Crathie Church in Balmoral, Scotland. They were joined by Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice. A royal source told Express UK that Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson have been holed up at Balmoral to escape all this unpleasantness with Jeffrey Epstein. Andy’s appearance on the way to church was the first time he was seen in public since it was announced that Jeffrey Epstein had reportedly committed suicide in prison on Saturday. Both he and the Queen seem pretty happy. It’s almost like they’re celebrating something! Was it some kind of holiday in the UK yesterday that I wasn’t aware of? Crumpet Day perhaps, or The Annual Feasts of St. Tesco?
— New York Post (@nypost) August 11, 2019
Just two days earlier, documents were released in which a woman named Joanna Sjoberg accused Prince Andrew of groping her breast at a party when she was 21 years old. She joins Virginia Giuffre (then Virginia Roberts), who alleged that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in three different locations when she was just 17, as instructed by Jeffrey Epstein. The palace has denied Virginia’s accusations, saying:
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
It’s important that they specified sexual contact with Virginia, because they can’t deny he ever had any general contact. Here’s Andy with Virginia, and Jeffrey’s main piece/alleged recruiter Ghislaine Maxwell.
Virginia Roberts poses for a photo with Prince Andrew as #GhislaineMaxwell smiles in the background. Roberts reports that she was lent out to Prince Andrew when she was a teenage sex slave for Palm Beach millionaire #JeffreyEpstein and his partner, Maxwell. pic.twitter.com/clYsov0uqQ
— Marie (@Cuprikorn66) August 9, 2019
Also, Fergie admitted back in 2011 that she accepted $24,000 from Jeffrey Epstein to pay off some debts. So yeah, they were all pretty close.
As if that wasn’t enough to make the Queen wish she’d skipped the kids and gone straight to the corgis, Prince Harry is in trouble again too. Not trouble like his uncle, this is more like snobby trouble. According to The Daily Mail, Harry and Duchess Meghan are pissing off Harry’s social circle by choosing to sit together at dinner. The Daily Mail says that Meghan isn’t getting invited to dinner parties and functions because she allegedly thinks seating arrangements are elitist. There’s a thing in upper society called “placement” in which people are seated in a formal fashion to encourage socialization. Meghan has allegedly been choosing to toss out her place card and sit beside Harry, where they allegedly offer up a multi-course meal of PDA. The Daily Mail write:
“It’s thought she has dismissed party etiquette as ‘exclusive’ and ‘traditional’ and has instead been rejoicing in affectionate dinner-table PDAs with her royal husband, which is ‘frowned upon’. It’s apparently ruffled the feather of Harry’s society circle as they ‘roll their eyes’ at her ‘American ways’.”
That story was published yesterday, and I’m not saying it seems all too suspicious for a story about Meghan to pop up on the same day Prince Andrew shows his slimy face in public. But I’m not not saying it’s not. I just can’t believe it’s a story in which we’re supposed to be scandalized that Meghan plays musical chairs at dinner. Hello – Prince Andrew’s gross friend just died under extremely suspect circumstances! That’s a gossip Code Red. I expected nothing less than a story about Duchess Meghan being such an awful, demanding interloper that she’s threatened all staff at Frogmore Cottage with immediate termination unless they start calling English Muffins “Patriot Puffs.”