Prince Andrew should “mourn in private” rather than use “the grief of the country to rehabilitate his image,” victims of Jeffrey Epstein say.
The Duke of York retired from public life due to his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 2019. Sun reported.
But since the Queen’s death on September 8, the 62-year-old has made several public appearances mourning his family.
The disgraced duke said on Sunday (local time) that he will always cherish his mother’s “compassion, care and love for her son” in an emotional statement released publicly.
Florida lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represented nine of Epstein’s victims, called Andrew’s attempt to “rehabilitate his image” an “insult.”
“On behalf of the victims, there is certainly sympathy for the son who lost his mother,” he said. Sun.
“What is offensive is the public nature of his attempts to rehabilitate his image through the grief of a country mourning its queen.
“No one says that Andrei should not mourn his loss.
“But given his past, this grief should remain private and not the subject of public statements and military attire at funerals.”
Mr. Kuvin, speaking for himself and the victims he represented, insists that Andrew’s image will remain tarnished by his ties to Epstein.
He said: “We must not forget that this is a man who was accused of having sex with an underage child and who subsequently paid to resolve a lawsuit filed by that child when she was an adult.
“Finally, this is a man who had the astonishingly short-sighted eye to, admittedly, remain close friends with a convicted pedophile.
“Unfortunately, that’s what most people remember when they see him at events or read his public statements.”
The Queen’s disgraced second son paid millions to settle a civil case for sexual harassment against a woman he claimed he had never met.
Virginia Giuffre sued him for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 17 after Epstein sold her.
Andrew vehemently denied the allegations and has never faced any charges.
In January, ahead of his trial, the Queen stripped him of all honorary military posts, including the rank of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he renounced his Royal Highness.
The Duke showed up in military uniform on Friday as he stood at the Queen’s coffin after King Charles gave him the green light to wear it.
Andrew was stripped of military patronage and royal duties for ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
On Wednesday, he was forced to wear a suit as he walked to retrieve his late mother’s coffin.
The former Royal Navy officer, who was also banned from saluting when the Queen was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, instead wore medals while retaining the rank of Vice Admiral.
But he was able to don his war colours, as a sign of “special respect” to his mother, when he, King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward held a touching vigil at Westminster Hall, where Her Majesty is.
This article originally appeared on Sun and reproduced with permission
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