Piers Morgan has launched a fresh attack on Prince Andrew branding him ‘dim’ and ‘entitled’ before accusing him of ‘taking us for mugs’ with his car crash interview.
The Good Morning Britain host slammed the Duke of York for the ‘arrogance’ he showed during his BBC Newsnight interview last week.
He argued Andrew, 59, should have his HRH title taken from him over his links with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in a debate on GMB today.
While Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said his royal title is his birth right, Piers hit back: ‘This is very serious. Jeffrey Epstein may turn out to be one of the worst paedophiles in American history.
‘People don’t want to see him at trooping of the colour or on the royal balcony. He came over so dim in that interview, so entitled and arrogant.’
Piers Morgan has launched a fresh attack on Prince Andrew branding him ‘dim’ and ‘entitled’ before accusing him of ‘taking us for mugs’ with his car crash interview
The Good Morning Britain host slammed the Duke of York for the ‘arrogance’ he showed during his BBC Newsnight interview last week (pictured)
But Mr Burrell, 61, claimed Andrew was left ‘vulnerable’ and ‘isolated’ from the rest of the royal family, so had no hope of performing well in a TV interview.
He said: ‘You know how it works, the queen is the mothership and the other members of the royal family are likely satellites – they rarely visit the mothership.
‘They don’t communicate. He’s quite solitary, he doesn’t mix with his siblings very much.’
But Piers hit back: ‘He was lying through his back teeth through most of it. The internet brought the receipts.
‘All the thing he said he never does, the internet brought the receipts.’
The GMB presenter accused the duke of ‘taking us for mugs’ after his claims he ‘doesn’t party’ and ‘doesn’t sweat’ were disproved by old pictures of him.
He asked how he could ever come back to public life after meeting Epstein knowing he was a convicted paedophile.
The Duke of York and Jeffrey Epstein are pictured in Central Park in New York in 2010
He continued: ‘It seems to just get worse and worse. I remember how hurt Princess Diana was when she was made HRH when she married Charles and when the Queen ordered her to divorce, Charles insisted she lose her HRH.
‘If the royal family are willing to take an HRH away from Diana and ironically Fergie, just because you get divorced, what justification is there for Andrew maintaining the title and all the stuff that hast to go with it?
‘I mean people have to bow and curtsy? At what point does that birth right get overturned
‘We don’t want to pay any deference to anybody who’s involved in a scandal like that.
‘The stuff he’s admitted to is damning already. I mean people say innocent until proven guilty but he’s admitted to going to a convicted paedophile’s home for a four day house party.’
While former newspaper editor Eve Pollard told the programme she ‘felt sorry’ for Prince Andrew, Piers said he felt sorry for Andrew’s daughters following his fall from grace.
He said: ‘I also feel sorry for his daughters, they are charming lovely girls, beautifully brought up, one of them is getting married in the next few months.
‘What’s that going to be like? She was hoping for a televised ceremony like her sister, with Andrew walking her down the aisle.’
The former royal butler (third right) appeared in a TV debate with republican Tom Slater (second right) and journalist Eve Pollard (right)
Mr Burrell, 61, piled on the pressure on Andrew to share any information he has that could lead to justice for his victims
But Mr Burrell interjected: ‘That’s not going to happen. No, it’s going to be a private wedding.’
The former royal aide piled the pressure on him to share any information he has that could lead to justice for his victims.
He told the programme Andrew is ‘not above the law’, adding: ‘The best thing he can do is give an interview to the FBI.
‘If he has any knowledge which could help convict this paedophile ring, he should do so. Because he cannot avoid due process.
‘He is a member of the royal family, but he is not above the law – he is like everyone else in that respect.’
The GMB debate over Andrew’s title comes after claims Epstein’s ‘madam’ and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell will break her silence and come out of hiding to speak to investigators following his death.
Republican and free speech campaigner Tom Slater said the idea of feeling sorry for Prince Andrew created images of ‘the world’s tiniest violin’ in his mind.
He said he should be able to try to clear his name as a private citizen, but he should not have any royal title after his links to Epstein.
Former newspaper editor and journalist Eve Pollard, who also appeared on the GMB debate, said she also felt sorry for Prince Andrew
But republican and free speech campaigner Tom Slater said the idea of feeling sorry for Prince Andrew created images of ‘the world’s tiniest violin’ in his mind