These cases are an enraging reminder that the privileged have a very different view of justice, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff
The Duke of York has been sacked, but he is unlikely to show up in the UK’s unemployment figures, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde
- Organisers have withdrawn Duke’s invitation to Portrush railway station
- But he is still set to attend the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
- Competition features players under age of 18 from 38 different countries
- None of the appointments in question were cancelled by Royal Family
Prince Andrew’s relationship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein has caused several of the Royal’s public engagements to be cancelled.
The Duke of York’s upcoming appointments in Northern Ireland have been called off amid media scrutiny surrounding his links to the disgraced financier.
Organisers withdrew invitations to the prince, with one worrying his attendance would ‘change the narrative’ about the event in question.
- Sources close to prince say the height of duke and Virginia ‘doesn’t look right’
- But Andrew is understood to be 6ft and Virginia 5ft 8 which is reflected in image
- Sources also claimed prince has ‘chubby fingers’, which ‘don’t match photo’
- Images from around the time show Andrew wore same shirt and cufflinks often
- California-born Virginia Roberts claims she had sex with prince number of times
To her Australian neighbours, the only thing that made the slight, blonde mother-of-three stand out was her American accent. Otherwise ‘Gina’ or ‘Ginny’, as she was known to them, was just another ‘Central Coast mum’ enjoying her new life close to the ocean in New South Wales.
Only later would they discover that Virginia Giuffre’s very ordinary life hid an extraordinary past.
On a bookshelf in the three-bedroom bungalow she shared with her husband was a small, white envelope containing a collection of photos dating back a decade or so, documenting her teenage years.
Among pictures of her partying and riding horses was a single 7 x 5in photo taken in early 2001 when Virginia Roberts – as she was before she married – was 17.
Dressed in sparkly embroidered jeans and a pink singlet bought specially for the occasion, the teenager looks her age. But while smiling broadly for the camera, there is an underlying tension in her pose, one arm held uneasily to her hip.
Given the circumstances in which she claims it was taken, and considering the other people in the picture, any nervousness is entirely understandable.
Behind Roberts, off to one side, stands a smiling Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
And then there is the older man who has his arm around Roberts’s waist, the fingers of his left hand touching the bare skin of the teenager’s midriff.
- Majority of British public doesn’t want to Camilla to be Queen, poll reveals
- Nation is completely split on whether Prince Charles should become king
- Princes William and Harry are the most popular members of royal family
- Prince Andrew languishes at the bottom of the popularity table
A majority of the public does not want Camilla to become queen if Prince Charles succeeds to the throne, a poll for the Daily Mail reveals today.
And the nation is completely split on whether Charles should become king at all.
Only 43 per cent believe he should ascend to the throne compared with an almost identical number saying he should stand aside in favour of his elder son Prince William.
William and Prince Harry are the most popular members of the Royal Family, closely followed by the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Prince Andrew languishes at the bottom of the popularity table, with his brother Edward not far ahead. Camilla and Andrew are the only two royals who are more disliked than liked, according to the poll.
Despite courtiers’ efforts to have Camilla accepted into the nation’s hearts, 55 per cent are against the Duchess of Cornwall becoming queen when her husband becomes king.
This is down from 73 per cent opposition at the time of her wedding to Charles in April 2005, but shows she has yet to win over most of the country.
However, she is no longer regarded as the main culprit for the break-up of Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana. The prince himself is held most to blame by 39 per cent, followed by Diana on 13 per cent and Camilla on 12 per cent.
There is still great affection for Diana, who died in a Paris car crash 18 years ago, with a substantial majority saying she would have made a better queen than Camilla.
Intriguingly, the younger generation is most attached to her even though many of them were not old enough to remember her when she was alive. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, two out of three would have preferred Diana to be queen, while only 3 per cent backed Camilla.
Charles’s wedding to Camilla divided the country at the time, and ten years on people remain uncertain about its wider significance for the Royal Family. Fifteen per cent said the marriage had strengthened the monarchy but 24 per cent believed it had weakened it; just over half felt it had no impact.
Camilla, 67, was once reviled as the woman whose love affair with Charles, 66, destroyed his relationship with Diana, who was 36 when she died in 1997.
PASS THE CROWN, CHARLES: FOUR IN TEN SAY WILLIAM SHOULD BE KING
Four out of ten people say Prince Charles should give up his right to be king so the crown passes straight to William.
Britain is evenly split on the question of whether Charles should succeed to the throne when the Queen dies, the poll reveals.
William has the female vote, with 43 per cent of women saying he should be the next monarch compared to 37 per cent of men.
Young people are also much more likely to favour the Duke of Cambridge as king, with 53 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds urging his father to step aside.
But 43 per cent of the public back Charles to take over from his mother, with a clear majority of over-55s wanting him as Britain’s next monarch.
The findings suggest that support for the Prince of Wales to wear the crown may actually have dipped slightly in the past decade.
In 2005 a survey found that 53 per cent of people thought he should be king despite his marriage to Camilla, and 43 per cent said he should not.
Senior officials at Clarence House have nurtured the duchess’s image with carefully chosen public appearances. She has won widespread praise for her charity work, dedication to attending royal functions around the country and emergence as a style icon for older women.
The Duchess of Cornwall is patron or president of 85 charities, and has undertaken nearly 1,700 royal engagements in Britain and more than 600 abroad since 2005.
Yet the survey reveals how Camilla’s past continues to affect how she is perceived. Just over a third said they had grown to like her more over the past decade, and nearly two-thirds thought Charles was happier with her than he ever was with Diana.
But only a quarter felt the Duchess of Cornwall had been a good influence on the Royal Family, and a similar proportion argued that her marriage to the prince had ‘stained’ the royals’ reputation.
Four in ten say Charles should give up his right to be king so the crown passes straight to William. Among those aged 18 to 24, that figure rises to 53 per cent.
But overall 43 per cent of the public back Charles to take over from his mother, with a clear majority of over-55s wanting him as the next monarch.
Support for the monarchy itself remains very high, with the 88-year-old Queen and the younger royals – William, Harry and Kate – hugely popular.
By contrast, Prince Andrew was least popular, with only 30 per cent liking him. Charles, Prince Philip and Princess Anne were ranked in the middle.
Only 19 per cent would back turning Britain into a republic, although the figure rises to 36 per cent in Scotland, perhaps a by-product of the SNP’s unsuccessful independence campaign last year. Charles, who is said to favour a ‘slimmed down’ monarchy, will be buoyed by the finding that 56 per believe that the royals should be reduced to the Queen’s immediate family only.
By law Camilla will automatically become Queen Consort when Charles is king, but privately officials continue to debate whether she should use a lesser title to avoid controversy.
The official position has been that she intends to be known as Princess Consort, but in recent years Camilla and Charles have dropped a number of hints that they would like her to be queen.
Asked in 2010 whether his wife would take the title, Charles replied: ‘We’ll see, won’t we? That could be.’
The duchess herself says ‘You never know’ when she faces questions about whether she will become queen.
POPULAR PRINCES: WILLIAM AND HARRY ARE THE MOST-LIKED ROYALS
Princes William and Harry are the most popular members of the royal family, the survey found.
Nearly eight out of ten people said they ‘liked’ the princes, with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen receiving similarly high ratings.
Women were significantly more likely to approve of the younger royals – 84 per cent said they were fans of Prince Harry compared to 75 per cent of men.
By contrast, Prince Andrew was the least popular of the royals, with only 30 per cent of respondents saying they liked him.
Prince Charles, his father Prince Philip and his sister Princess Anne were ranked in the middle.
Camilla divided opinions most sharply. Thirty-four per cent of people said they liked her, but 38 per cent disliked her.
The survey did not ask people what they thought of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George, who is now nearly two.