In times as uncertain as these, there is much comfort to be taken from empirical uniformities. Rivers continue to flow. Day still follows night. And just when you think he’s reached the pinnacle of human stupidity, Prince Andrew will always manage to out-stupid your wildest imagination.
Sacked from his own family and effectively living in hiding from a public that has utterly disowned him, Andrew now finds himself saddled with fresh indignities. On Friday, the Financial Times reported that after a regulatory commission found irregularities, Andrew was obliged to repay his charity, the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust, more than $380,000. That was the sum his fund had improperly paid Amanda Thirsk, a trustee of the charity and Andrew’s longtime private secretary. (Thirsk resigned after Andrew’s calamitous BBC interview about Jeffrey Epstein last November.)