Prince Andrew is the bad prince
No one forced him to go. The photo and video make clear that there was no one holding a gun to his head, no one forcing him to be there.
And I'm almost as certain that no one -- certainly no one on the royal staff -- thought that it was a nice invite, an opportunity for a man whose brother will be king to socialize with a rich pimp and his teenage offerings.
Prince Andrew was the fool who decided to go -- and by the looks of it, enjoyed himself immensely. See the prince smile and laugh and put his arm around a teenager.
He might have survived even that, with a little help from the queen and a token punishment. He might have disappeared, waited until the wind blew over and issued a statement conveying deep remorse for the girls who Epstein abused. That's what a smart person would do. It's what his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and his two daughters reportedly suggested.
But Andrew is not a smart person; he is an arrogant one. He decided to go on television to defend himself when he had absolutely no defense. He did not go on television to express remorse, which is always the first step toward redemption. You need to admit you did something wrong, apologize, take full responsibility and express remorse for those who may have been hurt. Andrew did just the opposite.
NO remorse, except for his own family, for the embarrassment to them.
No remorse for the young women and girls who Epstein admittedly (he did plead guilty in Florida, remember) misused and abused. No apologies.
The only thing he was sorry about was the damage it did to the image of the royal family.
His brother has apparently taken him to the woodshed. His mother evicted him from Buckingham Palace and removed him from royal duties.