By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – No one has ever doubted his bravery. As a helicopter decoy pilot in the Falklands War, he put his life on the line luring Argentine missiles away from British ships.
So Prince Andrew’s problem was never about courage but rather his foolishness.
And amid the barrage of allegations over his involvement with the billionaire American paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the critical question has been whether he is criminally stupid or stupidly criminal.
For the first time since that ill-judged Newsnight interview that destroyed his reputation and did such damage to the Royal Family, the Duke of York has rediscovered the boldness he displayed as a young man in the South Atlantic almost 40 years ago.
In challenging the veracity of America’s Department of Justice, which has accused him of refusing to cooperate with its investigation into Epstein’s sex-trafficking network, he is taking on the most powerful law agency in the world.
And in a further twist last night, U.S. authorities responded to the Prince’s intervention. In a statement, the Justice Department said Andrew had sought to ‘falsely portray’ himself as a willing participant in their inquiry and said he had ‘repeatedly declined’ to be interviewed.
Both sides are effectively accusing the other of lying.
Never before has a senior member of the Royal Family adopted such a robust, and potentially perilous, position.
The unedifying spectacle of the Queen’s second son being branded a liar is unprecedented.