Prince Andrew Might Get Medal From Queen Despite Rape Claims

( Next year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the celebration honoring her 70th year on the throne. And her scandal-plagued younger son, Prince Andrew Duke of York, may be among those to receive a medal from the Queen during the celebration.

It is traditional that as part of a Jubilee, the Queen presents thousands of medals, including to members of the armed forces and emergency services personnel. But the Queen also presents medals of commemoration to each member of the royal family.

The question is, given the sordid scandal engulfing her younger son, will Prince Andrew be getting his medal of commemoration or not?

According to a palace source who spoke to Newsweek, the list of next year’s medal recipients has not been finalized. But the source did concede that it is possible Prince Andrew could be on the list despite the looming sexual assault civil suit brought against him by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims.

The source also pointed out that if precedent is followed, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle would also get medals of commemoration.

At this point, it’s difficult to decide which is more objectionable – Prince Andrew getting a medal or Meghan Markle getting one.

Queen Elizabeth II, now Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has already presented medals of commemoration to Prince Andrew for her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, so it stands to reason she’ll present him with one for her Platinum.

But of course, with the accusations of sexual assault and battery now looming over his head, it certainly would make things awkward especially considering that the British press isn’t especially kind to the wayward prince.

Epstein’s victim, Virginia Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit in New York against Prince Andrew alleging that she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, to have sex with him on numerous occasions starting when she was 17-years-old.

Andrew has long denied Giuffre’s claim.

Recently, Giuffre’s attorney said he believed the case will probably come to court sometime in the middle of next year – just in time for Prince Andrew’s trial to pull the focus away from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.