Royals criticized for probing Meghan Markle and not Prince Andrew

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Buckingham Palace is being accused of having “double standards” for probing bullying allegations leveled against Meghan Markle — but not the sexual-abuse claims involving Prince Andrew.

Palace-watchers called out “The Firm” on Friday after Queen Elizabeth ordered an investigation into claims that Markle mistreated staff during her stint as a senior royal.

“Why is there an investigation into this bullying but there’s not been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein?” Carolyn Durand, co-author of a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, asked on Sky News.

“Why hasn’t he been urged to cooperate with US authorities?” she added of Andrew, a onetime close pal of wealthy late convicted pedophile Epstein.

Believed to be the Queen’s favorite son, Andrew, 61, became wrapped up in the Epstein scandal after one of the financier’s victims claimed she was forced to sleep with the royal when she was 17.

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Andrew became wrapped up in the Epstein scandal after one of the financier’s victims claimed she was forced to sleep with the royal when she was 17.
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The scandal over Andrew’s friendship with Epstein led the Duke of York to step back from his royal duties in November 2019, after a disastrous BBC interview in which he offered a slew of bizarre claims to defend himself against Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s allegations.

While Andrew was sidelined, Buckingham Palace never ordered an investigation into the allegations against him.

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This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry (from left) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
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Durand, the co-author of “Finding Freedom,” also noted that Prince Harry was stripped of his three honorary military titles when he and his wife stepped down as senior royals last year to pursue a new life in California.

“Why were Prince Harry’s military honors stripped but Prince Andrew’s haven’t been?” Durand asked.

She added that “the double standards” were something Markle had “really struggled with” during her time as a working royal.

Both Markle, 39, and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the bullying allegations against the duchess, though they are reportedly expected to be involved in the investigation.

Meghan Markle
Both Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, have denied the bullying allegations against the duchess.
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The couple claims they are victims of a calculated “smear campaign” from the royal family ahead of their hotly anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview.

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