True Royalty’s new Royal Beat focuses on the future of the monarchy with the recent developments with the Duke of York and the Sussexes remaining Stateside.
The Duke of York was recently served with lawsuit documents in a sexual assault case. Representatives for Virginia Giuffre handed the papers to security officers at the Duke’s Windsor home on August 27th 2021, according to court documents filed on September 10th 2021.
Ms Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually abused her on several occasions when she was under the age of 18. The lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan court in early August 2021. The Duke of York has always strenuously denied any allegations of wrongdoing or that he once had a relationship with her.
The Royal Editor of The Sunday Times, Roya Nikkhah, spoke about the situation with Prince Andrew to the Royal Beat: “There seems to be a big dichotomy between what Prince Andrew thinks is possible and what actually is. There still seems to be this friction between the Duke of York thinking he can in some way come back to public life and the Royal Family making it very clear there is no appetite for that.”
The programme also discusses Prince Harry’s upcoming autobiography that is due to be published next year and how it could have the unfortunate timing of coinciding with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Nikkhah remarked: “If they [Harry and Meghan] come over for the Jubilee, which I am sure they will, it’s going to be quite weird with the Royal Family thinking ‘what is coming in a couple of months’ time, what bombs might drop?”
She also mentioned the rumours that the Sussexes want their daughter, Lili, to be christened at Windsor Castle. The pandemic is still ravaging the world, and Nikkhah and Hello! magazine Royal Editor, Emily Nash both believe a Windsor christening won’t be on the table.
As for where The Queen will spend out her remaining years, Nikkah believes she will split her time between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. She said: “I think the plan is for her to stay at Windsor. I expect we will see more activity with her back at Buckingham Palace as we approach the Platinum Jubilee next year. I think she will resume residence again at Buckingham Palace in order to justify the £369,000,000 refurb. [Otherwise] many people would [think] ‘what’s the point’ of the [refurb].”
The talk show is now live on the streaming site. Hosted by Kate Thornton, this episode features insight from royal reporters Roya Nikkhah and Emily Nash and one of London’s leading literary agents, Andrew Lownie.
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