Princess Beatrice — who is the Duke of York’s elder daughter with Sarah Ferguson — encouraged the BBC interview, in which her embattled father badly fumbled while addressing his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, during discussions about whether he should do it, according to the Mail on Sunday.
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“Even though she’s their daughter, both Sarah and Andrew rely on Beatrice’s judgment a lot when it comes to dealing with the public, as she’s got an old head on young shoulders,” a source told the outlet.
The royal daughter was initially sceptical about her dad sitting down for a televised chat, but she changed her mind after she joined him and his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, for discussions with the broadcast team, the outlet reported.
“She was asking lots of pertinent questions and had her doubts,” the source said. “But by the end of the meeting, she was convinced by the Newsnight team and Amanda Thirsk that they had no choice – that it was the only way to put all the rumours behind them.”
The princess is now devastated that she didn’t pull the brakes on the interview, which included outrageous denials by her dad and led to him reportedly being sacked by his mum, Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace.
“Beatrice has been in tears every day since the interview went out,” a source told the outlet.
Her father announced Thursday that he’d be stepping down from his royal duties. The duke has expressed that he hopes Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie will replace him as patrons of his various charitable organisations, a source told The Sunday Times.
It comes as Prince William’s central role in the royal’s axing was revealed, amid reports he’s “not a fan” of his uncle.
According to The Times of London, as well as Prince Charles, William was also heavily involved in the decision that also saw the Duke of York kicked out of his offices at Buckingham Palace.
“William is becoming more and more involved in decisions about the institution (monarchy) and he’s not a huge fan of his uncle Andrew,” a source told The Times of London.
Another source also told the paper, “William thinks the right thing happened.”
Sources say the Queen feels “aggrieved” at claims that she gave her go-ahead for Andrew’s interview, and actually feels “hoodwinked” by what he ended up saying, according to the paper.
“There is no way the Queen and her private secretary wrote a ‘yes’ on a memo that fully explained what was proposed,” a source told The Times.
“Andrew had a son-to-mother conversation, letting her know that he was planning to address the controversy, but without going into any details.
“What should have happened was the full palace process, where the interview proposal was placed under all the scrutiny and due diligence that usually takes place.”
Sources close to the Queen say she is “privately supportive” of Andrew, who was seen riding at Windsor with his mother last week, but “deeply frustrated,” the paper said.
In fact, she has scrapped plans for a lavish 60th-birthday bash for Andrew, instead planning to mark the February 19 occasion with a small family dinner, according to the paper.
So far, only Andrew’s ex, Sarah Ferguson, has defended him, saying she was “deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man.”
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission