Sexual abuse victims say the Duke of York should have mourned his mother’s death in private
Lawyers who represented victims of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein told The Independent their clients were angry and upset after seeing Prince Andrew – an associate of Epstein also accused of abuse – return to public life following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Andrew was stripped of his royal patronages and honorary military titles earlier this year after settling a civil lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was still a minor in 2001. Andrew refrained from public appearances after the settlement, but the disgraced royal returned to the limelight after his mother’s death, walking in the Queen’s funeral procession and watching in front of her coffin in Westminster Hall.
“For the victims who are involved, seeing him in these types of public appearances and being praised by the public is frustrating for them,” he added. Spencer Kevin, a Florida-based attorney who represented nine of Epstein’s victims, told The Independent.
He is a man they see as someone who is, at the very least, disrespectful to victims, through his friendship with a pedophile. And for him to be praised in public, as he does, and praised by the public, which he seeks, is insulting.
Kevin hinted that Andrew may be trying to “to rehabilitate its image with the public”, and said the Duke of York should have wept privately instead. Mariann Wang, a New York-based lawyer who has represented up to a dozen victims of Epstein, agreed, calling Andrew’s appearance in public “pretty outrageous.”
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Epstein’s victims aren’t the only ones upset by Andrew’s recent appearances. As the Queen’s funeral procession passed through Edinburgh last weekend, a young man was arrested after calling the Prince a “sick old man”.
Epstein and Andrew were friends, and the British king admitted to staying at Epstein’s properties even after the US financier was jailed in 2008 for soliciting a child for prostitution. Epstein was arrested again in 2019 and charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, but was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell before he could be brought to trial. His death was officially ruled a suicide.