Duke’s line on Epstein isn’t fooling anyone – and it’ll cost him dearly
Like many royal apologies, the sorrow appears to be for the situation they’re in, not their own culpability
It was six months in the making and was intended to “create a new narrative” around the Duke of York’s friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Following years of scrutiny over his links to the billionaire financier, the duke conceded for the first time that his behaviour had “not been something that was becoming of a member of the royal family”.
But after a 45-minute questioning by Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, in which the queen’s second son admitted he had “let the side down”, will his very public “mea culpa” help to repair his tarnished reputation?..