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Looks Like Prince Andrew Has a Chance to Blow Another Interview

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The last time Prince Andrew gave an interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, he screwed it up so thoroughly he lost his “job” as a royal. (Lest you think his “firing” was over said relationship/potential participation in sex trafficking, it was really about the interview.) Now he’s going to give another one—this time to federal prosecutors in New York. Best of luck!

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NBC News reports that prosecutors have made a formal request for an interview with Andrew as part of their investigation into Epstein’s history of sex abuse, a move the outlet says is “rare.” The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has actually been requesting an interview with Andrew for months, not that the Prince has bothered to cooperate.

“Contrary to Prince Andrew’s very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed via press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in January. At the time, he said his office was “considering its options,” and it seems they’ve picked this route: the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, which “allow generally for the exchange of evidence and information in criminal and related matters,” according to the Department of State’s website.

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This time, the request is not voluntarily; it’s been filed to the UK Home Office, and if the British government approves it, the FBI can subpoena Andrew. It is, reportedly, a very big deal.

“The DOJ does not make a request of this nature lightly, especially one involving a senior member of the British royal family. It puts the UK government in a very difficult position – and the Duke of York even more so,” a source told The Sun.

Prince Andrew’s ties to Epstein have been well-documented, and alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre has accused Epstein of forcing her to have sex with Andrew. Prince Andrew attempted to deny Giuffre’s accusations against him and downplay his relationship with Epstein in a disastrous BBC interview in November, one that eventually cost him his “job,” i.e., royal duties. Reports suggest he’s not getting those back anytime soon, and it’s hard to imagine an interview with the feds will help him out in any way.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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DISCUSSION

My cousin served in the Royal Navy with Andrew, so I can tell you with confidence that Andrew didn’t have a single friend while he was in. First off, he insisted that people call him “[Rank] Prince” not Windsor, just in case you forgot he was one. He had private quarters that were often better than the Commanding Officer’s, as well as a private dining room, which allowed for the following to happen.
Andrew had a rotating staff of valets who all had one thing in common- they hated him. So, every morning, when the Prince rose at his leisure, he would have his private breakfast that included a full English breakfast, toast, and tea with urine in it. The valets would piss in a shallow container, then dip the rim of the teacup in the urine. No matter where he sipped, a liberal amount of wee was mixed in- which would have been avoided if he had just deigned to eat with the rest of the crew. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer man.
People here don’t care for Andrew as a rule, and assume that he is guilty of some pretty slimy things, but we do love our Queen. If I had to guess, I would imagine that the UK Government, which has protected pervy Prime Ministers and sexual predator performers until after death, will at least wait until Her Majesty passes away to save her blushes, and even then, will insist that the record be sealed if he does testify. If they really wanted to work the situation (and garner some desperately needed positive PR), Boris Johnson would insist that it be a quid pro quo- American Anne Sacoolas, who killed 19 year old Harry Dunn by driving on the wrong side of the road then fled the UK under diplomatic immunity as an intelligence operative- would have to return to stand trial under the same Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty mechanism. Which would most likely end at an impasse, but everyone looks like they’re doing their jobs.