22 November 2019 • 11:39am
Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are said to be “deeply distressed” by the fallout from their father’s TV interview regarding his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In less than a week, the Duke of York has watched the world as he knew it collapse around him, but Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are standing by him in the wake of the BBC Newsnight grilling.
He has withdrawn from public royal duty, ostracized by businesses and organisations previously synonymous with him and has faced calls to fly to the US to give evidence to the FBI.
It has cast a shadow over the monarchy, and a source told The Daily Beast that Prince Andrew’s daughters have been left “deeply distressed” by the episode.
“Andrew was fighting not just for his survival but for all their survival,” said the friend of the family for many years.
“Andrew and Sarah [Ferguson, mother of Beatrice and Eugenie] will obviously be worried about how his resignation impacts their children’s future.”
The princesses have been out and about this week, attempting to carry on life as normal. And in spite of the tumultuous week, the family bond in the Yorks’ household remains resilient.
The source added: “They have been through a hell of a lot and they have never turned on each other which is really pretty extraordinary when you think about it.”
After the interview, Andrew faced criticism for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the financier, who took his own life while in prison earlier this year awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
The duke denied claims he slept with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage.
The Duke of York has cancelled a trip to Bahrain as the fallout over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein continues, it has been reported.
Andrew was expected to travel to the Middle East this weekend as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs but has cancelled plans following reported pressure from his family.
It has also been reported his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been removed from her palace-funded role and will instead become the chief executive of the programme.