Prince Andrew Faces Losing Taxpayer-Funded Armed Guards Over Jeffrey Epstein Scandal
Disgraced Duke of York may be stripped of his round-the-clock armed police protection
Britain's Prince Andrew faces losing his British taxpayer-funded armed security guards over his relationship with deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.
Andrew, the Duke of York, currently receives round-the-clock armed police protection, costing the taxpaying public millions.
It was revealed Thursday, however, that the UK’s Home Office has ordered a major review of Andrew’s security amid the blowback from allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against the prince.
Prince Andrew's friendship with accused child sex trafficker Epstein has already seen him booted from royal duties.
The Queen's second-born son was relieved of duty following his disastrous attempts to justify and excuse-away his close friendship with the notorious pedophile.
The scandal surrounding his ties to Epstein has triggered the Home Office review, sources told the Evening Standard.
The government department recommended a major downgrading of his protection, with a final decision ultimately resting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the sources said.
The decision could also have major implications for Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle as they step down from royal duties.
“Those in charge of royal security cannot write a blank check for anyone who does not have a public role for the foreseeable future,” a senior source told the paper.
"Round-the-clock armed protection is very expensive."
"The Met is obliged to review the position to ensure it is justified.”
Royal protection by armed officers from London’s Metropolitan Police is currently mandated by the Home Office, with royals notoriously high-risk targets, the Standard said.
Andrew, the 59-year-old disgraced royal, now faces the prospect of being unprotected, or having to pay huge amounts for private security, the report said.
The cost of protecting the royal family is not made public but is estimated to be at least $130 million a year, the paper said.
A Home Office spokesman told the Standard, “We do not comment on individual security arrangements.”
On Thursday, a former teen "sex slave" of Jeffrey Epstein, who says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three separate occasions, posted a chilling message aimed at those who refuse to speak up.
Virginia Roberts, 36, who says Andrew raped her when she was 17-years-old, posted photos on Twitter of herself with Ghislaine Maxwell and Naomi Campbell, alleging they did nothing to stop the abuse.
You saw me at your parties, you saw me in Epstein’s homes, you saw me on the plane, you saw me get my haircut, you saw me on the streets, you watched me be abused. You saw me! 🦋#Awareness #Justice #GhislaineMaxwell #JeffreyEpstein #NaomiCampbell #PrinceAndrew pic.twitter.com/5TNWvG1eAA— Virginia Giuffre (@VRSVirginia) January 16, 2020
Roberts tweeted her fury at members of pedophile Epstein's social circle.
She wrote: "You saw me at your parties, you saw me in Epstein’s homes, you saw me on the plane, you saw me get my haircut, you saw me on the streets, you watched me be abused. You saw me!
"#Awareness #Justice #GhislaineMaxwell #JeffreyEpstein #NaomiCampbell #PrinceAndrew"
Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of procuring underage girls for the multi-millionaire sex offender who died last August while awaiting trial for charges relating to the trafficking of minors.
It was at Maxwell's home in West London where Prince Andrew was infamously pictured with his hand around the waist of Ms. Roberts.
Roberts says she was taken as Epstein's "sex slave" when she was just 15-years-old and then "trafficked" to Andrew when she was 17.