A fleshy nightmare that the brush of Rubens could alone reproduce.
For those of us who normally listen to Radio 4 with half an ear, it was confusing.
Just hours after its sublime day-long dramatisation of War and Peace on New Year’s Day, it started to speak of Prince Andrew’s troubles.
), believed they would prefer to stick to the monarchy.
Whatever Prince Andrew did or did not do with Miss Roberts, he certainly seems, in the course of his life, to have befriended some truly unlovely people.
His distinguished youthful service as a helicopter pilot will be recalled as we all celebrate the loveable old rogue.
Photographs of the paunchy Duke on yachts with unknown young Jane Does will be replaced by loveable snaps of him on the golf course, or moving pictures of his medal-bestrewn chest as he stands in naval uniform taking the salute. Perhaps, as well as being grateful to Prince Andrew for providing us all with the cheap thrill of moral indignation, we should thank him for reminding us why we value the monarchy. The reason the Queen is such a successful monarch is that she keeps herself to herself.
Everybody seems to think it necessary to treat him with dinners and balls, and he has become the lion of the season with this foolish, inconsistent world”.
I confidently predict that, in 10 years, Prince Andrew will enjoy a similar revival, and that alleged indiscretions with young Americans – today deemed so heinous as to threaten the very existence of kingship – will one day be overlooked.
They would have loved the kind of holidays that evidently please the present Duke of York.
If you think Prince Andrew is sleazy, just remember those men, and realise that, in a sleaze competition, they could all have beaten him into a gold-fringed cocked hat.
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