The Duke of Cambridge has sidestepped a difficult question about his disgraced uncle Prince Andrew while attending his first joint engagement of the year with wife the Duchess of Cambridge at the Foundling Museum in London.
Prince William and Kate Middleton became Patron of the Foundling Museum in 2019 which tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity, founded in 1739. The couple met with well-known public figures and attended a roundtable discussion with experts and stakeholders from across the sector.
During the visit a reporter asked the curveball of a question about Andrew, William asked him to repeat it before he realised what was said and left.
“Your Royal Highness, could I just ask, do you support Prince Andrew?” the reporter asked.
“Sorry, I can’t hear you?” William replied.
“Do you support Prince Andrew? Have you spoken to him recently?” the reporter asked again.
It was then that William laughed off the question and walked away. Prince Charles also avoided a similar question about Andrew’s sexual assault allegations days earlier.
The tricky question came a week after the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and royal patronages as the fallout from sexual abuse allegations continues. Andrew will can no longer use the title of His Royal Highness in any official capacity and it’s understood his royal patronages will be assigned to other members of the royal family. He will also no longer continue any royal duties.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, January 13 announced the decision regarding the Duke of York.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the statement said.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”