The disgraced Prince Andrew spoke for the first time on Sunday about the death of his “dear mummy” Queen Elizabeth II – who stripped him of his honorary military affiliation over his close relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“Dear Mother, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one. Your Excellency, it is an honor and a privilege to serve you,” Andrew, 62, said in his statement along with a photo of his mother as a young boy.
“Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unparalleled and singular; your people show their love and respect in many different ways and I know you are seeking to honor their respect, He continued.
“Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will always cherish. I have found your wisdom and wisdom to be infinite, with no limits or control.”
The Duke of York has been under intense scrutiny since his Trainwreck 2019 BBC interview, in which he tried to justify his close ties with Epstein and blame sex-trafficking Madame Ghislaine Maxwell.
The Queen stripped Andrew of her royal and military titles in January, a day after a Manhattan judge allowed a sexual assault trial brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against the disgraced royal to proceed.
Giuffre, one of the most outspoken Epstein accusers, sued Andrew in August 2021, claiming Andrew had sex with her three times when she was a teenager in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands.
The two sides settled the matter in February, and a source told The Post that the prince was forced to pay Giuffre, an estimated total of $12 million.
Andrew has said he “regrets” his association with Epstein and Maxwell – and has repeatedly denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.
Due to his loss of the military title and “His Royal Highness” designation, Andrew has at times not been allowed to don his military uniform during his mother’s funeral procession.
In his statement on Sunday, the royal said he would miss her “insight, advice and humour”.
“As the book of our experiences closes, another opens, and I will always hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will happily move forward with you as my guide,” he wrote King Charles III, then nodded toward his brother, concluding the statement with “God save the king”.
With post wires.