Prince Andrew’s interview with BBC host Emily Maitlis this weekend has already been broadly panned as “disastrous” — and now the royal has been accused of utilizing the n-word throughout a gathering with a authorities aide.
According to Evening Standard columnist Rohan Silva, the Duke of York used the n-word at a Buckingham Palace assembly with him when he was a Downing Street advisor to the tech financial system.
Silva, who’s of Sri Lankan heritage, says the incident came about throughout a dialogue in 2012 about commerce coverage, and got here as he requested the prince whether or not the federal government division liable for commerce “could be doing a better job”.
He alleges Andrew replied: “Well, if you pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile.”
Silva instructed the newspaper the change left him “reeling” and that “for a long time afterwards, I kicked myself for not confronting the prince on his choice of words.”
Palace sources issued sturdy denials to the newspaper, insisting he didn’t use the phrase and that he by no means would use such language.
Yet in a column revealed additionally on Monday, Silva recounts one other uncomfortable change with the prince a yr earlier, by which the royal is alleged to have interrupted him throughout a dialogue in regards to the tech financial system by saying: “What you have got to remember, is that you’ll never get anywhere by playing the white man.”
Silva recounts trying up the definition of the phrase, and deciding: “So the point Andrew had been trying to make, I think, was that the government shouldn’t be trying to reform the EU through the slow-moving proper channels, but perhaps be a bit more cunning in forcing through change.”
The revelations come as Andrew faces a barrage of criticism following his tv interview in regards to the Jeffrey Epstein intercourse scandal, with the royal accused of an absence of empathy with the victims.
Andrew’s try and set the document straight about his relationship with the convicted intercourse offender – and to counter allegations he slept with one among Epstein’s groomed youngsters – has been broadly condemned for its unsympathetic tone and lack of regret for the friendship.
Commentators are questioning Andrew’s choice to talk in depth for the primary time in regards to the allegations and his 10-year friendship with Epstein, with one calling it an “appalling lack of judgement” and one other saying his responses lacked conviction.
A authorized professional mentioned being a member of the monarchy didn’t give the duke a get-out clause from being prosecuted within the US, and he was “unwise” to have given an in depth account of his actions to the media.
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