Many have been asking this very question, even the government, who are currently reviewing the Duke of York’s role as special representative for UK Trade and Investment. This is due to the escalating media speculation over his links to controversial business figures.
Recent tabloid headlines have been particularly damaging to the Duke, in particular his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
It is important, of course, that the government does not upset the Royal family. They are currently devising ways to take some of the heat off the situation. However, a recent operation to save Prince Andrew’s reputation backfired after many tributes to a list of “company endorsements”, compiled by his private office to show his performance as special trade envoy, were four years old.
Downing Street has also attempted to dismiss reports that the government were about to downgrade the Duke’s role, with David Cameron’s spokesman stating that the Prime Minister had complete faith in the Duke. This also backfired after No 10 insiders made it clear that his position would become indefensible if more damaging details came out in the press.
Prince Andrew has long been a target of the British press. With having such a high profile role as a trade envoy it is vital that media speculation dies down or else the reputation of British business will be effected. With the UK’s current economic situation, damaging reports over Prince Andrew’s private dealings with various business figures is yet another hindrance.
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