On the inside of Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew might be tooting around the halls like everything is business as usual, with a carefree, “Who, me??? Never” attitude. But on the outside, there’s a whole lot of people who have heard the stories and seen the pictures, which makes things more than a little awkward for Andy.
Prince Andrew is stuck between a rock and a hard place, because he still needs to do his job as a royal. But he can’t bring his mummy everywhere to preface all his appearances with an announcement that Andy is totally innocent and that there’s nothing to see here. Luckily for Andrew, some of the organizers of said royal appearances have gone ahead and taken out any awkwardness for him by just flat-out telling him not to show up.
According to Sky News, Prince Andrew was recently uninvited from several public engagements in Northern Ireland. Sky News was told that the decision to dump Andrew was initiated by the event organizers and not the royal family. Some of the events weren’t made public for security reasons, but one of them was a ceremony at the recently upgraded seaside Portrush train station.
However, not everyone is rescinding their invitations. Prince Andrew will reportedly still spend a few days on the North Antrim coast to attend The Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy, a youth golf tournament for boys and girls under the age of 18.
If you’re thinking it will be all kinds of icky to see Prince Andrew at an event with so many girls under 18, you’re not alone. The golf club hosting the tournament, Royal Portrush, was warned “that it would be inappropriate for the prince to attend next week’s event in light of the recent publicity.” Royal Portrush won’t take back their invitation because Prince Andrew is a member of the club, and they’re waiting to see if he decides to withdraw. According to this statement released by a royal spokesperson, it sounds like he’s going to be there.
“The Duke of York has a full programme in Northern Ireland as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. HRH will undertake a number of engagements related to the tournament, at which there will be 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries. The duke will meet volunteers, supporters and representatives from local businesses, host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes.”
I’m sure Prince Andrew has been threatened by Queen Elizabeth to be on his best behavior, or else! No jokes about how much he loves swinging his balls around with a good stiff wood, or that his nickname is Ol’ Shag Bag. I’m just surprised that none of the parents have announced they’re pulling out. Or maybe they’re letting it slide because everyone under 18 will be safely armed with a bag of steel clubs.