Prince Harry talks about the Prince Andrew scandal
“Spare” won’t be officially released until January 10, but excerpts from Prince Harry’s memoir prove the Duke of Sussex isn’t afraid to talk about the inner workings of the royal family. In an excerpt obtained by Us Weekly, Harry was the first member of the royal family to address allegations of sexual assault against his uncle, Prince Andrew, Duke of York. (Andrew has denied all charges against him.)
In “Spare,” Harry tells how he told Meghan Markle the royal family would not remove their security detail after what happened to his mother, Princess Diana. After all, he noted that even Andy’s security detail remained intact after he became embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, in which Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell operated a sex-trafficking ring. POPSUGAR reached out to Buckingham Palace for Harry’s comments about his uncle in “Spare” but did not immediately receive a response.
“Never. Not in this hateful state. Not after what happened to my mother [Princess Diana]. Also, not after my Uncle Andrew,” Harry writes in “Spare” as he reportedly told Markle that their security detail would remain after they retired as active members of the royal family. “He was involved in a shameful scandal, accused of sexually assaulting a young woman and no one had suggested so much that he would lose security. Whatever complaints people had against us, sex crimes were not on the list.”
Markle and Harry lost their security detail after moving to North America in 2020. In their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed how difficult it was to maintain a sense of security to their family after they move when they move. they no longer had the expected protection. As the prince writes in “Spare”, his father, King Charles III, cut him off financially after Harry’s life was dependent on the royal family for money. He described his father as “my boss, my banker, my auditor and the manager of my money throughout my adult life.”
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II stripped Andrew of her HRH title and military titles in January 2022 after Virginia Giuffre filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him. The Duke of York settled the case out of court and maintains his innocence. Despite no longer being a working king, he hasn’t lost his security detail.