‘Outrageous!’ Prince Andrew ‘loves to provoke’ Prince Charles with latest SUV stint


PRINCE Andrew has been criticised by royal experts for taking three “gas-guzzling” vehicles to Balmoral, despite his brother Prince Charles regularly speaking on the topic of climate change.

Prince Andrew’s recent trip to visit the Queen at her Scottish residence has come under criticism from two royal commentators, after images emerged of the Duke of York travelling the 1,020 mile round trip with three SUVs as part of his entourage. Daily Mail Diary editor and royal expert Richard Eden branded the move “outrageous” as the Prince travelled in his personal SUVs despite Prince Charles’s recent campaigns for climate change awareness.
Prince Andrew reportedly ‘loves to provoke’ his older brother, Prince Charles (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking to Mail+ Palace Confidential, Richard Eden said: “We’ve heard a lot from his brother Prince Charles recently about the environment, as we know he’s a very, very strong campaigner against climate change.

“Prince Andrew, for his visit with Fergie to Balmoral, he took not one, not two, but three SUVs, and obviously we wonder. The Palace wouldn’t comment at all but why does he need all these gaz-guzzling vehicles?

“They wouldn’t say but the suggestion is still for his royal protection, but these are not police cars, these are with his personalised number plates, Prince Andrew’s cars.

“The fact he’s still get tax-payer funded police protection when he hasn’t carried out any royal duties for almost two years and there doesn’t seem to be any real prospect he will be in the future, I’m afraid it’s outrageous.

Richard Eden said the protection was 'outrageous'

Richard Eden said the Duke’s taxpayer-funded protection was ‘outrageous’ (Image: Mail )

Royal commentator Charlotte Griffiths continued: “He seems to want to do it on purpose to provoke his brother, we do know that Prince Andrew loves to provoke his brother.

“I mean, you almost think is this a wind up, it’s so bonkers.”

Prince Andrew arrived at Balmoral to visit the Queen in mid-August for a 10-day stay with his former wife, Sarah Ferguson.

It is believed that they were joined by other senior royals, including Prince Charles and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, at the Scottish residence. Balmoral has long been a favourite location amonst the Royal Family, with the Queen annually spending two to three months of the summer months there with her family.

One vehicle was reportedly said to have been a new petrol-powered Land Rover Defender, which costs more than £53,000.

The other two were named as his Land Rover Discovery, which costs £51,185, and a Range Rover petrol-electric hybrid, priced at £115,000.

Prince Charles as been a vocal campaigner for climate change throughout his life, and in January launched the ‘Terra Carter’ agreement, which pledged to raise £7.5billion to “save the planet”.

He has repeatedly called for “swift” action to tackle global warming and was named The GCC Global Leader of Change Award for his outstanding contribution to global environmental preservation.

The Duke of York decided to relinquish his royal patronages and ceased to represent the Queen at formal engagements following public backlash at his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

On August 10, an alleged victim of Epstein filed a civil case against Prince Andrew in New York, claiming that he had sexually abused her on three occasions.

The case alleges the prince sexually abused Virginia Roberts Giuffre at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.

Prince Andrew has consistently denied all allegations made against him and told BBC Newsnight in 2019: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Neither Prince Andrew nor Buckingham Palace have publicly commented on the recent lawsuit.


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