Author(s): Nigel Cawthorne
Buckingham Palace’s greatest fear came true when the FBI arrested Prince Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein on charges of under-age sex trafficking. Just before the marriage of Kate and Wills, a snapshot of Andrew with his arm around the naked midriff of the billionaire’s most articulate victim had surfaced. Despite sending stringent defamation warnings, the palace had been powerless to prevent headlines on the controversial friendship from moving in its direction like a hurricane. Prince Andrew: The End of the Monarchy and Epstein investigates the story of the key players and allegations and counter-allegations in this unique, high-stakes royal drama. It provides a gripping and uncommon insight into the hidden privileges enjoyed by global power brokers, royalty and billionaires. Transcending the life of one man, it characterises a whole institution and a way of life — the monarchy as we know it today. Prince Andrew’s official involvement with UK trade came to an abrupt end in 2010 when the prince was overheard discussing Saudi bribery and bribery in Kyrgyzstan, arguing that ‘people should be allowed to get on with their jobs’. And that was only the beginning of Buckingham Palaces headaches.