Crying for days and cancellations: How the royal family reacted to Prince Andrew's BBC interview.

Since Prince Andrew’s BBC tell all interview – which has been described since as “nuclear explosion level bad” – the spotlight has drastically shifted when it comes to royal headlines.

In fact, many are saying this is the beginning of the end for the British monarchy.

Prince Andrew’s train-wreck comments about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein remain front and centre a week after the hour long interview was aired.

If you missed Prince Andrew’s BBC interview, here’s a snippet. Post continues after video.

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From his excusing of Epstein’s behaviour as “unbecoming” to failing to show empathy or even recognise the victims, to his wild excuses for remaining friends with Epstein even as allegations of the alleged sex-trafficking of young girls came to light – public anger against the once spare to the heir are only growing.

But what about his inner circle? What has been the fallout for them? Here’s how Prince Andrew’s interview has affected his immediate family.

Princess Beatrice

It’s been reported that Princess Beatrice helped set up the interview for her father.

A source told the Daily Mail Beatrice had doubts initially but was eventually talked around and really supportive of her father speaking to the BBC to ‘set the record straight’.

She sat alongside Prince Andrew at a meeting with the BBC Newsnight team just three days before filming, as they finalised what would be discussed during the lengthy televised chat.

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Princess Beatrice was reportedly in tears at her fiance's birthday party. Image: Getty.

But the Princess has apparently been left distraught by the reaction to the interview, and has been in tears since it aired.

Beatrice was so upset her fiance's 36th birthday celebrations at Mayfair nightclub on Tuesday night were reportedly affected. A member of the Princess's circle told the Mail it was a "solemn and awkward affair".

Beatrice is set to marry millionaire Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year, but her father's disastrous interview may have also put a dampener on that.

The Mail reported the planned carriage processions and live TV coverage have both been scrapped, with the Princess now trying to downplay the event.

The Queen

Days after the interview, it was announced that Prince Andrew would be stepping down from all of his royal duties for the foreseeable future.

Now, it's being reported the Queen has cancelled her son's 60th birthday party.

The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah said Queen Elizabeth cancelled the festivities in February 2020 which was also due to celebrate several charities. It has been replaced with a small family dinner instead.

Despite reports to the contrary, the Queen reportedly did not give her permission for the BBC interview. On Friday, she was seen horse riding with Andrew on the grounds of Windsor in what royal experts are saying is a show of support for her second son.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Royal Ascot in 2017 Image: Chris Jackson/Getty.

While she's "privately supportive" she's said to be "deeply frustrated" at her son's actions, reported The Times.

According to The Sun, a source, who knew about a meeting between the Queen and Prince Andrew, said: "The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision. It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters.

"It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced."

Sarah Ferguson

Like her daughter Beatrice, Sarah has reportedly been crying daily since her ex-husband's BBC interview aired.

She was among the key figures who encouraged the Prince to go ahead with the television special believing that the public would be convinced of his innocence if they heard about it from his mouth and in his words, reported the Daily Mail.

Despite being divorced since 1996, Sarah remains one of Andrew's most loyal supporters. A day before the interview she tweeted out a message that read: "It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and real truth, that remain steadfast and strong in their beliefs.

"Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness and goodness."

Another confidant gave a slightly different version of events to The Telegraph, claiming Sarah was supportive of a shorter more controlled interview.


The fallout from the interview is made worse given Epstein once helped pay off more than a million Australian dollars worth of Sarah's debt. He did so after he had served time for sexual offences against a minor.

Shortly after the bailout Sarah called it a "gigantic error of judgement" reported the New York Post at the time.

Princess Eugenie

Given Prince Eugenie's charity work in ending human trafficking, her father's association with Epstein and the ensuing fallout must be deeply embarrassing we assume.

Jeffrey Epstein was facing charges of procuring young girls as part of a sex trafficking ring before he died, and Prince Andrew is alleged to be one of his high-profile friends who benefited from that arrangement.

Weeks before the BBC interview aired she posted on Instagram about a forum she held on human slavery.

But now The Sunday Telegraph has reported that Eugenie's Anti-Slavery Collective is being forced to scale back some of its activities until the crisis engulfing Prince Andrew is resolved.

The publication reported Eugenie was forced to postpone a podcast series as far back as August because of her dad's involvement with Epstein.

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