In the days when a stricter etiquette applied to the public behaviour of members of the royal family, British princesses were reputedly taught to keep their chins up when walking downstairs. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to have been any rule requiring British princes to stay away from convicted paedophiles.

The sorry saga of Prince Andrew’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, the New York multimillionaire accused of devoting much of his adult life to sexually abusing children, has presented the monarchy with a challenge that no arbiter of etiquette can ever have envisaged.

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