|#PR: Will the Palace 'Outspin' Epstein in Prince Andrew Sex Scandal?
By: Gerard E. Mayers
I am sure we have all heard (by now) of the news about disgraced millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is a registered sex offender. In the wake of court documents filed in the United States and recent British media coverage, Buckingham Palace has issued an unprecedented three statements commenting on the scandal involving Prince Andrew, who is fifth in line to the British throne.
Royal watchers were shocked at how aggressively Buckingham Palace has moved to deny the allegations against the Duke of York. A recent article in The Washington Post, authored by Karla Adams of the paper’s London Bureau, commented on the surprise felt by royal watchers on the Palace’s reaction to the scandal:
“The usual royal response to scandal is to pull up the drawbridge and pretend nothing is happening. So many royal watchers here were quite surprised that instead of the expected “no comment,” palace officials have taken an uncharacteristic offensive posture.”
The same piece even quoted Ms Sarah Ferguson, the Prince’s ex-wife: “'The York family is a tight unit. We’ve always been a tight unit,' she told the Daily Mail while at a luxury ski chalet in Switzerland, where she had been on holiday with Andrew and their youngest daughter. 'He is the greatest man there is,' she said while declining to comment specifically on the unfolding scandal.”
Ms Adams commented further in her article that “It’s unclear how the latest allegations will affect the Windsor brand or Prince Andrew, who previously stepped down from his role as an ambassador for British business after a controversy over his friendship with Epstein, a registered sex offender. The legal case in the United States is ongoing, and the alleged victim is reportedly writing a tell-all book. Royal watchers said the palace’s aggressive public response was probably at the behest of Andrew himself.”
It should be noted that the US legal case involves Epstein who struck a controversial plea deal back in 2007 and wound up serving only about a year in jail. The Duke of York is under immense pressure to fully explain his connection to Epstein and whether he himself may have participated in intimacies with underage girls, who were human trafficked (presumably by Epstein) to become sex slaves against their will.
The PR spin on this story is not done yet.
Gerard E. "Gerry" Mayers writes about PR and other relevant topics for PR professionals. A former PR manager for Sensor Products, Inc. (currently based in Madison, NJ), he lives in Milford, NJ.
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