Depressed looking Duke of York Prince Andrew leaves his luxury ski chalet to fly home as the furore grew over claims he had underage sex with a teenager at an orgy. The Mirror report.
The duke headed back from Verbier in Switzerland for talks with the Queen, royal lawyers and aides about the shocking allegations made in US court papers, which he emphatically denies.
The Queen was said to be horrified over the widely-circulated claims by Virginia Roberts that she was forced to sleep with Andrew three times as a 17-year-old by his former friend Jeffrey Epstein, who she has accused of turning her into a sex slave.
One of the royal observer disclosed that: “The Queen will be totally appalled by all this.
“I would imagine she feels hard done by on Andrew’s behalf for this slamming he is getting and for all the allegations. We are told Andrew is her favourite son and there is a close bond.
“She has guided him through stormy waters before and the Epstein thing is something that keeps coming back to haunt them. They must think that they’ve seen the last of it but it’s a -recurring nightmare as far as the Queen and the Duke of York are concerned.
“Inevitably this will cause damage to the monarchy. I think it’s going to get messier before it gets better.”
Andrew is expected to reassure his mother as soon as he arrives back in Britain that the allegations were untrue as she was last night being kept closely informed about legal -developments by aides including Private Secretary Christopher Geidt and his assistant Samantha Cohen.