Musings on the byways of popular culture
13/08/2021 by Jackthebiscuit 41 Comments
Any thoughts/ opinions?
Colin H says
13/08/2021 at 11:36
None that will add anything to the public discourse. I think the accepted view is that, as a public figure, he’s finished.
Diddley Farquar says
13/08/2021 at 11:50
Tragic really to lose such an ass……
Leffe Gin says
13/08/2021 at 11:45
Lots of people will have opinions, and that’s all they will be unless proven in court.
13/08/2021 at 12:49
Whilst what you say is true, the Duke of Pork seems to have spent the last five years doing everything possible to avoid having to go to court and face his accuser(s).
The arrogance and entitlement this loathsome creature displayed in his ill-advised interview with Emily Maitlis pretty much tells you all you need to know.
13/08/2021 at 12:51
Eventually, I think he’s going to have to go to court. I don’t like the guy at all but I have no idea what is true and what isn’t (although for sure, that interview was a car crash).
13/08/2021 at 12:07
Mystified at why someone didn’t say “you shouldn’t be hanging about with these dodgy people”. Maybe they did and he ignored them… Not a lot of sympathy though, I’m afraid.
13/08/2021 at 12:54
You think he was unaware he was hanging around with dodgy people?
13/08/2021 at 14:00
Well you’d imagine he could work it out but he’s not the brightest bulb.
13/08/2021 at 12:16
He has spent his life hanging round with dodgy people – family and friends.
Lock him up and throw away the key.
Razor Boy says
13/08/2021 at 12:31
I work with someone who once worked in the royal sphere…they have nothing but bad words to say about the Duke of Pork.
A pompous, odious person for many years, allegedly.
13/08/2021 at 16:13
I have it on decent authority that the vain, sexually obsessed character of ‘Prince Mark of Bath’, played by Tom Hollander in the David Mitchell sitcom Ambassadors, is based very closely on HRH, right down to travelling with his own ironing board.
There was also a great story on Popbitch about HRH having some old friends round for the weekend, and throwing a major tantrum when they didn’t stand up when he entered the room first thing in the morning.
13/08/2021 at 16:38
Princess Margaret used to pull similar stunts. There’s loads of stories In Craig Brown’s book about the odious old hag using royal protocol to belittle those unfortunate enough to come into her orbit.
As no one was allowed to sit until she herself was seated, making dining companions stand until their food got cold before taking her place at the dining table was a particular favourite..
13/08/2021 at 17:18
The pair of them haven’t been great adverts for the old firm, have they? I have from first hand that she had to have a gasper between each course at big dinners, again holding up everything pretty much for giggles.
I love the completely rubbish ‘story’ that the firm were using her for spare parts – she and the Queen Mum always seemed to be in hospital at the same time, QM always much improved, Margaret always looking even worse.
Bingo Little says
The disgusting embodiment of a repulsive institution. Love seeing headlines about how the royals are concerned that this might be an unwelcome distraction from the queen’s jubilee. 🗑
13/08/2021 at 13:10
Is that emoji a basketball hoop or a waste bin?
13/08/2021 at 13:30
13/08/2021 at 14:40
Blimey,, spelling Queen with a lower case “q”.
That’ll shake the monarchy to its foundations!
13/08/2021 at 15:42
One reserves the cap solely for Frederick Mercury and company.
Junior Wells says
13/08/2021 at 12:53
Yep, from afar, I’d say he’s fucked.
Blue Boy says
13/08/2021 at 13:34
I think that’s his problem – he absolutely has, and where he shouldn’t.
13/08/2021 at 13:19
Who would win a braying competition between him and Johnson?
Arch Stanton says
13/08/2021 at 13:22
Wonder what Jail they would put him?
13/08/2021 at 15:39
13/08/2021 at 21:05
13/08/2021 at 14:05
Suspect someone’s about to hastily arrange a holiday to Saudi Arabia which coincidentally requires buying a house there.
Dave Amitri says
I imagine him every morning stood in front of the Royal mirror in his Royal socks and boxers. Doing the dance and singing…
“Prince Andrew, Prince Andrew,
Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.
Don’t you ever, don’t you ever,
Stop being Randy, showing me your handsome.
Moose the Mooche says
13/08/2021 at 14:53
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
13/08/2021 at 15:26
An innocent man would support a criminal investigation and look forward to his day in court to contest hideous lies I would have thought. Especially if you could afford decent lawyers.
13/08/2021 at 15:46
To be fair, that’s not necessarily true. For a lot of public figures going to court to have their lives publicly pored over is something they’d prefer to avoid, innocent or guilty. Which is why we shouldn’t always assume a settlement to be an admission of guilt.
I’m trying not to pre-judge Prince Andrew’s guilt (although it’s a bloody struggle). What’s inexcusable already is the establishment closing ranks around him and, as you rightly say, his refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
That, plus the knowledge that he could have been caught on camera abducting and murdering the nation’s children by night and there’s absolutely zero chance he’ll do bird.
Black Type says
13/08/2021 at 20:18
Hmmm…the problem here is he did do bird. ALLEGEDLY.
14/08/2021 at 14:44
I don’t think it’s quite the same as most public figures toughing out the bad press. This is more like the accusations Rolf went to prison on and John Leslie and Gambo fought to clear their name. It’s not a big stretch to see that the strategy is to give it a serious ignoring. However, the crunch will surely come when Maxwell takes the stand.
A sure bet would be a win double on he did it and won’t serve time.
14/08/2021 at 14:56
I think it’s a dangerous road to go down to make these assumptions. Not least because – ultimately – the onus is on the prosecution to demonstrate guilt, rather than a defendant to prove (by conduct or otherwise) their innocence.
I cannot abide Prince Andrew, his entire family (including the noxious LA-based spin off luxury brand referenced elsewhere in this thread) and the institution they uphold, but I’m still trying to be a bit fair minded about all this.
It’s always important to ensure we extend the benefit of our values to those we dislike. That tends to be the real test of principle.
14/08/2021 at 16:21
I did steer away from saying I’m sure he did it. My point is really that none of his behaviour since the accusations surfaced have done anything to make me believe his side of the story. Quite the opposite. The tactic of not allowing police or prosecutors to present evidence in a court of law is the most troubling aspect for me.
13/08/2021 at 15:51
I expect some sort of financial settlement before the civil case (not a criminal case) comes up in court. No details of this will be released, and the matter will be declared closed.
13/08/2021 at 15:57
FWIIW, that is more or less how I see this panning out.
Bearing in mind his nephew was stripped of honorary military titles, I wonder if he will be stripped of his.
13/08/2021 at 17:43
It’s just a shame that Harry and Meghan have brought the otherwise spotless reputation of the royals into disrepute with their appalling behaviour.
13/08/2021 at 20:20
GCU Grey Area says
13/08/2021 at 19:07
‘The Nonce formerly Known As Prince’, according to the twitter presence ‘Michael Govern Ready’.
13/08/2021 at 19:19
Slight aside. A mate of mine served on the royal yacht back in the 80s.
He says that on more than one occasion her Maj has taken him away from the dinner table to pull him up for his manners (lack of) towards the stewards.
By all accounts when he was commanding officer of a ship in the late 80s he was not a popular skipper.
Who would have thought?
Black Celebration says
13/08/2021 at 20:06
The more time that passes, the more I appreciate the skill of Emily Mattis in that interview. At the time, Andrew was completely unaware that he was coming across badly and thought it had gone rather well. He probably still thinks that. She gave him the time and the space to damn himself with his own words.
13/08/2021 at 20:28
She’s excellent. She did the same thing to Marine Le Pen whilst speaking fluent French.
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