“This story is going to run and run,” British PR expert Mark Borkowski said in an interview last week. “It’s one of those conspiracy-type stories that carry on for years and years and years.”
That potential to “run and run” lies in the many unknowns that surround the Epstein case and Andrew’s own character.
The recent statements from the palace were hardly the first on the matter. When international headlines in 2015 blasted allegations that Andrew had sex with an underage U.S. girl more than a decade previously, the palace was quick and vigorous in its rebuttals and denials.
Still, said Borkowski, “they never quite rinsed out the stain,” and he sees the palace struggling to deal with the story now.
“It’s a very difficult situation,” he said. Andrew “might not be implicated in any of the lurid stories about Epstein’s sex parties and whatever but … what the palace are inheriting at the moment is just his incredibly poor choice of company.”