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A royal insider claims she witnessed a “power struggle” between Prince Andrew and Prince Charles in bombshell diary extracts.
Sasha Swire met the Duke of York at a dinner in 2011 at Hillsborough Castle in 2011.
Mrs Swire, wife of former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire, describes the event in Diary of an MP's Wife: Inside and Outside Power, being serialised in The Times.
She writes: “Prince Andrew chairing the round the table discussion is excruciatingly painful to watch.
“I sat there trying to listen to how brilliant he was when all I am seeing is him in swimming shorts, attending topless pool parties at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion, while on his own personal trade mission to get money for his ex-wife.”
Sarah Ferguson came back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2010, with reports at the time claiming she owed around £2m.
Mrs Swire adds: “It is clear there is a power struggle taking place between him and Prince Charles.
“A lot of Andrew’s embarrassing friendships with oligarchs, and his imploring anyone who will listen to bail out his wife, has strained their relationship.
“To illustrate this, he tells us about a misunderstanding over a grand piano.”
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Rumours have circulated of Andrew’s strained relationship with his brother for years.
Charles’ campaign for a slimmed-down monarchy has seen his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie sidelined, the Daily Mail reports.
He reportedly stepped in to advise the Queen to “effectively sack” Andrew over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Duke of York’s reputation was left in tatters last year after a disastrous BBC interview on his relationship with the convicted paedophile.
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Virginia Giuffre has said she was trafficked by the US billionaire and alleges that Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions in 2001 when she was 17.
The Duke of York is under pressure to co-operate with US authorities in an investigation into the paedophile and his accomplices.
Andrew no longer conducts royal or public duties, and does not receive his £249,000 income from taxpayers through the Queen’s Sovereign Grant.
However, he still receives income from the Queen’s private Duchy of Lancaster fund – generated by the rent from properties it owns across the UK.
- Prince Andrew
- Prince Charles
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