Scandal-ridden Prince Andrew is preparing to attend his father’s funeral on Saturday alongside his royal relatives. The Duke of York, 61, stepped back from royal duties in November 2019 following a backlash over his controversial interview during which he failed to denounce his association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince Andrew has “demanded” to attend Prince Philip’s funeral wearing the uniform of an admiral despite only having the rank of honorary vice-admiral, which he received on his 55th birthday.
Andrew was set to be made admiral on his 60th birthday in 2020, as per royal tradition, but he apparently “offered to defer” the promotion until the clamour surrounding his association to Epstein subsides and he returns to royal duties.
The final decision will be up to the Queen, sources claim, but the report about the purported uniform request is already drawing ire among outspoken observers of the royal fam – particularly Piers Morgan.
Morgan, who recently quit his presenting job on Good Morning Britain after slamming Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry for their Oprah Winfrey tell-all interview, believes that until Prince Andrew tells the FBI “everything he knows” about Epstein, it’s shameful for the royal to make requests to the Queen, especially in the wake of her losing her husband of 73 years.
“How dare he ‘demand’ anything given his refusal to be interviewed by the FBI about a very serious sex crime investigation?” Morgan raged in an op-ed for the Daily Mail.
The journalist also nailed Andrew for emerging “from hiding this week to speak to the media about the death of his father” in reference to the duke’s Sunday words with the press paying tribute to the late Prince Philip.