It took four days, start to finish. That is the time between the broadcast of Emily Maitlis’s BBC interview with Prince Andrew, last Saturday evening, and the prince’s announcement, in a formal statement from Buckingham Palace, that he was “stepping back from public duties for the foreseeable future”.
It is hard to imagine that his official life will resume. The rush by organisations and individuals to dissociate themselves from his patronage had left him with little choice. A spell of charity work, a long way from the public eye, might be in order.
As it happens, I was not among those who judged the prince’s interview to be a “car crash” – or, at least, it could have been quite a lot worse. He did not lose his cool; he was not caught out on any specific facts; for the most part, he answered the questions.
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