However unsavory Prince Andrew’s historical past with Mr. Epstein, royal observers stated it didn’t pose as dire a risk as had the unraveling of Prince Charles’s marriage to Diana. Except for potential authorized publicity in a legal investigation of Mr. Epstein, Prince Andrew is more likely to vanish into reminiscence (although not earlier than the BBC broadcasts one other program about him and Mr. Epstein subsequent Monday).
“They’ve moved swiftly to sort it out in the coldblooded and ruthless way they have,” Mr. Low stated.
Simon Jenkins, a columnist and creator, likened Prince Andrew’s travails to a scandal involving a Hollywood movie star. He stated it was “of absolutely no consequence” in a rustic that’s going to the polls in two weeks in an election that may have profound penalties for its place on the earth.
In an election debate two weeks in the past, Mr. Johnson and the chief of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, every tried, in their very own approach, to keep away from making Prince Andrew a political situation once they have been requested whether or not the monarchy was match for objective.
“Needs a bit of improvement,” Mr. Corbyn replied.
“The monarchy is beyond reproach,” stated Mr. Johnson, who has confronted questions on his personal peccadilloes.
What Buckingham Palace wants to fret extra about, royal watchers stated, is Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Reports of pressure between him and his brother, Prince William, and of Meghan’s struggles to adapt to her new life, are extra damaging as a result of these younger royals symbolize the House of Windsor’s future, not its messy previous.
“For them to be breaking away from the family,” Ms. Junor stated, “does have implications for the future of the monarchy.”