I agree with Sir Max Hastings and his article in today’s Daily Mail that says, had Prince Andrew been smacked on his bottom as a child, things would have been different.
My views on Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, the accident prone Fergie, are perhaps less kind and indulgent than those of Hastings – because I strongly believe young royals have been pampered by the State to such an extent that any criticism of them falls on deaf ears and is ultimately ignored.
This time round, however, Prince Andrew should be relieved of his post and made to earn his living like the rest of us.
He is no doubt hampered by the fact that his elder brother Prince Charles is by no means a role model and in his own way more spoilt than any of the royals.
Unless something is done to curb their excesses the future of the monarchy remains in danger.