The United States of America is going through rough times.  In my lifetime I have never seen rioting, killing and hatred of this magnitude, but let’s take a break from our craziness for a minute, and look at what is going on in the land of Royalty.

Prince Andrew, the 62 year-old favored son of Queen Elizabeth II, has never grown up.  And why would he? He has been given the best education, all the money he could possible use, prestige, a chest full of medals from his military stint, lavish residences, and for what? For just being part of the Royals?

But just like any spoiled kid, Andrew didn’t have any limitations, so when he wanted to play, he was introduced to Jeffrey Epstein, an investment banker and financier.  We now know that was a cover for child sex trafficking to the powerful and famous. Over the course of the 12-year relationship Andy had with Epstein, there were several occasions when they stayed together to do their thing.  Let’s pause for a second and agree that they weren’t playing Monopoly or table tennis.

Andrew thought he was skipping through the tulip patch without a care in the world until Virginia Giuffre sued the royal for sexual assault of a minor.  Since Epstein no longer lives on this earth, little Andrew was the lucky dude to be named in the civil lawsuit, and will be deposed where “nothing will be off limits” said David Boise, the lawyer who is representing several of Epstein’s victims.

The trial is projected to commence between September and December of 2022, barring any delays.

The embarrassing prince will most likely do whatever is necessary to stop his sex abuse case from overshadowing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a 4-day bonanza celebrating Queenie’s 70 years on the throne.  The royal’s legal team, who are being paid $2,700 per hour, are urging the prince to settle as soon as possible to prevent the whole monarchy from being dragged through the mud.

After the BBC interviewed Prince Andrew, which didn’t go well, Andrew was told to clear out his office and staff from Buckingham Palace and was stripped of his royal patronages and at least a dozen military titles.

The Queen recently told Prince Andrew that he can no longer use ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity and that he will be left to fight his lawsuit in the US as a private citizen. Time to put your big boy pants on, Andrew.

That old say, “you play, you pay” has finally moved to the top of the Royals’ play list, but we will have to wait to see how the little prince will spend 2023.