PRINCE ANDREW RANTING AT POLICE OFFICERS WAS WRONG – Last week Prince Andrew arrived at Buckingham Palace and was stopped by police officers; unfortunately they mistook him as an intruder on the grounds and therefore stopped him and asked him to identify himself.
It is a well documented fact that Prince Andrew has an aloof attitude towards what he considers as nothing more than minions or surfs and it has often been reported that he is not averse to flying off into a tirade of abuse towards staff with some of the most colourful language known to man.
Way back in 2009 Paul Page, a Royal protection officer spotted a rather scruffy man on one of the CCTV monitors not a stone’s throw from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s private apartments and therefore raised the alarm and went searching with a number of other armed officers.
Mr. Page recounted the event where the ‘intruder’ turned out to be Prince Andrew; it was not a pleasant or civil encounter.
Mr. Page told reporters that on approaching Prince Andrew he turned on the officer with the line ‘This is my f******* house, I can go where I want. Now f*** off.’
Not exactly a dignified or polite response to a group of officers that were after all doing exactly what they were paid to do; protect the monarch and her family.
Of course last week’s encounter took on a similar, but all too familiar, encounter with staff and Prince Andrew. It is widely known that Prince Andrew is not well liked among the Royal household staff; due to his rudeness and off-handed approach.
The issue here is that Prince Andrew casts an example of how the Royal family really is above anyone else.
We often think that our politicians get away with far too much but when you put things into perspective the Royals really do appear untouchable.
Cast your minds back to the issue of Plebgate. Now here was a situation where the Government’s chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, swore at a police officer and called him pleb (a derogatory term that refers to someone beneath you).
The result of this fracas was Andrew Mitchell being removed from office and here lies the contrast – a Member of Parliament (but still a commoner) is hauled over the coals and rightfully relieved of his position, whereas Prince Andrew, once again is allowed to walk away scot free.
Considering Prince Andrew’s temper the 2009 and 2013 incidents are likely to be a very small drop in the very large ocean of abuse he has inflicted upon others.
Once again the Royal family is embroiled in controversy; there are already those who feel the monarchy is an arcane and draconian institute that should be abolished and this latest event will only fuel their belief that the monarchy needs to go.
As a commoner I accept that the Royal family is different and I am a true Royalist for Britain and the Commonwealth would be very much the poorer without a monarch.
On that note I don’t feel that the Royal family, or at least the likes of Prince Andrew, should be able to take the stance that they are above us and that we may be treated in any off-handed way they choose.
If I were the monarch and one of my children acted in such a way I would demand, no order, that child to make a public apology to the offended party.
I strongly suspect that the Queen, considering her views on decency and morality, has had more than a few strong words for Prince Andrew but that’s a private matter that doesn’t help the public.
Prince Andrew really should be ordered by the Queen to make a very public apology; this would not only help the people to acknowledge the monarch is in touch with public sentiment but also teach Prince Andrew some manners; and dare I venture a little humility.
After the recent incident it was reported that Scotland Yard, who is responsible for the Royal protection detail, gave a very groveling apology to Prince Andrew. However news reports today tell a different story in that senior officers at Scotland Yard are said to be supporting the decision of the officers involved 100 per cent.
The issue here is does Prince Andrew consider himself above everyone else simply because of the title HRH? Does his action not damage the image of the monarchy; let’s be honest over the last 20 years the monarchy has faced a lot of turmoil and after the death of Princess Diana many members of the public felt that maybe it was time to abolish the monarchy.
Of course this is all in the past and the wounds healed; to a fair degree. We still hold Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip in very high esteem and with the next generation of Royals such as William and Harry, who appear very much in touch with the people, we have hope that the monarchy will continue to rein.
Over many years Prince Andrew has caused considerable embarrassment to the House of Winsor; most notably over his jet setting lifestyle that earned him the name Air Miles Andy. Unfortunately it hasn’t stopped there and his choice of friends and business acquaintance have certainly turned a number of heads and deemed his activities highly questionable.
Maybe it is time for Prince Andrew to engage in a little introspection but according to aides and insiders this is something Prince Andrew feels he is above.