Prince Harry has become the first member of the royal family to reference Prince Andrew’s links to Jeffrey Epstein.
Alleged excerpts of Harry’s upcoming book Spare have been leaked to the press and he has addressed what he called a ‘shameful scandal’ in the memoir, which is due for release tomorrow (10 January 2023).
While talking about having his security detail removed, Harry wrote:
“Despite being involved in an embarrassing scandal, accused of having sexually abused a young woman, nobody had suggested removing his security.
“People may have a lot of grievances towards us, but sexual offences weren’t one of them.”
The ‘scandal’ saw his uncle Prince Andrew pay Virginia Giuffre an alleged £12 million to dismiss a civil lawsuit, after she accused him of sexual assault.
Following the ‘scandal’, Prince Andrew role in the family drastically changed and in 2019 he took a step back from his duties.
Prince Harry had his security removed when he decided to step back as a senior role of the royal family. A legal representative for Harry said:
“In absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return home.
“Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life. He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.
“While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”