Andrew’s return to public ’embarrassment to crown’ – Epstein victim lawyers
Prince Andrew's return to public life is an "embarrassment to the crown", says the lawyers of Jeffrey Epstein's victims.
The Duke of York stepped down from royal duties following his bombshell civil sex case with Virginia Giuffre.
They reached a "settlement in principle" after she alleged he sexually abused her when she was 17 at his late paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein's home. Prince Andrew has completely denied the claims.
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Following the news of Her Majesty's death, it has been reported that King Charles made his brother Counsellor of State.
Spencer T Kuvin, who represented over six Epstein victims, said his clients have been left "disgusted and appalled" at the Duke's links to the paedophile.
"It’s the epitome of poor judgment and, frankly, an embarrassment to the crown, that [Andrew] would consort with someone like Epstein after all that news would come out," he said.
The lawyer also addressed the incident which saw a protestor get arrested after he called Andrew a "sick old man" in Edinburgh last week.
He added: "You want to honour the memory of a very respectable monarch who served over 70 years – I get the fact that it’s probably not the correct place or time to be yelling something out at a funeral.
"But at the end of the day, you also want to acknowledge the fact that [Andrew] should not be publicly allowed to benefit from society and these organisations, given his past and he should be held accountable by the public."
Mariann Wang, who represented several of Epstein survivors, said it was "beyond shameful" that Andrew was given any honour.
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"The brave women who came forward to hold Epstein, Maxwell and others to account deserve better," she said.
"His past conduct and judgment make clear that he is not worthy of any state-sponsored privileges, including reaping the benefits of being a royal."
The Palace has been contacted for comment.
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