Buckingham Palace is being accused of getting “double standards” for probing bullying allegations leveled in opposition to Meghan Markle — however not the sexual-abuse claims involving Prince Andrew.
Palace-watchers referred to as out “The Firm” on Friday after Queen Elizabeth ordered an investigation into claims that Markle mistreated workers throughout her stint as a senior royal.
“Why is there an investigation into this bullying but there’s not been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein?” Carolyn Durand, the co-author of a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, requested on Sky News.
“Why hasn’t he been urged to cooperate with US authorities?” she added of Andrew, a onetime shut pal of rich late convicted pedophile Epstein.
Believed to be the Queen’s favorite son, Andrew, 61, grew to become wrapped up within the Epstein scandal after one of many financier’s victims claimed she was pressured to sleep with the royal when she was 17.
The scandal over Andrew’s friendship with Epstein led the Duke of York to step again from his royal duties in November 2019, after a disastrous BBC interview through which he supplied a slew of weird claims to defend himself in opposition to Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s allegations.
While Andrew was sidelined, Buckingham Palace by no means ordered an investigation into the allegations in opposition to him.
Durand, the co-author of “Finding Freedom,” additionally famous that Prince Harry was stripped of his three honorary army titles when he and his spouse stepped down as senior royals final 12 months to pursue a brand new life in California.
“Why were Prince Harry’s military honors stripped but Prince Andrew’s haven’t been?” Durand requested.
She added that “the double standards” had been one thing Markle had “really struggled with” throughout her time as a working royal.
Both Markle, 39, and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the bullying allegations in opposition to the duchess, although they’re reportedly anticipated to be concerned within the investigation.
The couple claims they’re victims of a calculated “smear campaign” from the royal household forward of their hotly anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview.