As we discussed, Prince William’s aides clearly wanted it on the record in the Sunday Times that William considers his uncle, Prince Andrew, to be persona non grata. “Sources close to William” had a lot to say about how William is “triggered” by Andrew’s lack of gratitude and grace with his royal position. As I said, it’s like William thinks being a royal buffoon is somehow MORE disgraceful than being a human trafficker and rapist. While many commenters noted that William seemed to be projecting his feelings about Harry onto Andrew, one of the things I found interesting is that the quotes clearly came directly from William, because William lives inside his own ass and thinks that he’s making some kind of strong argument when he says sh-t like “No, you don’t understand, this is something bothers ME!” Peter Hunt wrote a piece for The Spectator which underlines the point: William is coming for Andrew.
Andrew’s efforts, especially his attempt to wear the uniform of an admiral on the day of the funeral, raised eyebrows – not least amongst some senior royals. Their concern, hidden for months behind palace walls, is on very public display in the Sunday Times. We now know that William, a king in waiting, sees his uncle as a ‘threat’ to the royal family.
His intervention will add a frisson to the family Christmas gathering. For make no mistake, this article is giving us an insight into William’s thinking. While he’s afforded plausible deniability, the ‘sources’ and ‘friends’ who provided the stark assessment of the risk posed by Prince Andrew, won’t have gone rogue. When a William ‘source’ or ‘friend’ goes off piste or off message, they also go off into the wilderness. The prince maintains a message control that Alastair Campbell would envy.
It’s clear William has embraced the blindingly obvious about the permanence of Andrew’s removal from the world of walkabouts and plaque unveiling. He’s said to be particularly perturbed by his uncle’s perceived ‘ungracious and ungrateful’ attitude towards his position which the younger prince sees as a ‘risk’ and a ‘threat’.
While the cause of William’s concern is obvious, the timing of his ‘no fingerprints’ public briefing is less so – Andrew will be preoccupied, for months to come, with more pressing matters than an entry about him in the Court Circular.
…Andrew is fighting battles on several fronts as his catastrophic failure of judgement over his enduring friendship with Jeffrey Epstein takes its toll. His nephew has opened a new front and it’s one where the uncle will be the vanquished, not the victor – retirement, not return is the future that awaits Andrew in the royal firmament where William holds sway.
The Sunday Times article serves as a fresh reminder of the tried and tested way the royals disseminate their views on sensitive or controversial topics. TV interviews are eschewed in favour of off the record conversations with journalists, via third parties.
[From The Spectator]
This was my favorite part: “It’s clear …read more