Prince Andrew’s popularity has plunged to an embarrassing new low after he was branded the “Millwall” of the Royal Family in reference to the football club’s fans’ boast of being disliked by everyone. The claim was made by a source close to the Duke of York, who told The Sunday Times the brother of King Charles III is also “the longest man in lockdown”. The “Millwall” of the Royal Family claim is in reference to the South London football club’s “no one likes us, we don’t care” chant.
A YouGov poll of 1,677 UK adults from December 7-8 revealed Andrew is easily the most unpopular, with a net score of -78 – unchanged from the last survey on November 9-10.
Just seven percent of participants in the December poll viewed the Duke of York in a positive light, with a massive 86 percent holding a negative opinion of him.
Meanwhile Andrew reportedly believes the unsealing of legal documents involving Virginia Giuffre will “demolish” her story as he desperately battles to regain his reputation this year.
The 62-year-old has had to face allegations involving Virginia Giuffre, who claimed she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein.
“What’s a few more months, if the evidence is unsealed this year and the story turns on its head? There is very much a feeling among those of us who resolutely support the duke, that this is only a half-written story.”
During the BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Andrew was quizzed about his friendships with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
In the interview, he insisted the alleged sexual encounter, which Ms Giuffree claimed happened in 2001, “didn’t happen”. He also questioned the validity of a photograph of the two of them, which was supposedly taken at Ghislaine’s house.
The duke insisted he had “no recollection” of meeting Ms Giuffre, now 39, despite a photograph of him with her at Maxwell’s London home.
The fallout from Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview saw the 62-year-old step, with the late Queen’s approval, from official Royal Family duties.