Prince Andrew is not very readable or very original. It shows no access to Andrew’s inner circle and shines little new light on the accusations. Even so, by simply compiling published information about the prince, it raises deep questions about the size and modus operandi of the British monarchy. These have become more pressing as the focus moves to the next generation and talk of a reformed “Firm”.
Cawthorne’s book was clearly rushed out after the interview (there’s a fair bit of repetition), but the speed is understandable; the stink of the scandal is still strong. It emerged last week that Andrew will not return to royal duties and American prosecutors say he is not co-operating. What’s so powerful in this book are the details. Andrew insisted on Newsnight that the pair were not close friends, yet Epstein had 13 phone numbers for him, including the direct line to his computer’s modem.