Prince Andrew accused of using n-word by former government aide
Prince Andrew has been accused of using the n-word at a 2012 meeting in Buckingham Palace by a former senior government aide, a claim that is being vehemently denied by a royal source.
Writing in the London-based newspaper the Evening Standard, Rohan Silva — a former aide to ex-Prime Minister David Cameron — said when he asked the Prince whether a government department responsible for trade “could be doing a better job,” Andrew responded: “Well, if you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile.”
A royal source told CNN that the claims are strenuously denied, and that point was made clear in a legal letter to the Evening Standard. CNN has asked the Evening Standard for a response to the letter.
Silva, who is of Sri Lankan descent, is now an Evening Standard columnist. He said it was the second time he had heard the Prince using unacceptable language in a palace meeting, which was attended only by himself, the Prince and a royal aide.
“For a long time after, I kicked myself for not confronting the prince on his choice of words — and it’s something I still regret today. He clearly wasn’t taken to task very often by the people around him, which meant offensive language could go unchallenged,” the 38-year-old wrote.
Silva said in another meeting in 2011 with the Prince, Queen Elizabeth’s son said: “What you have got to remember is that you’ll never get anywhere by playing the white man.”
“I genuinely didn’t know what he meant, and the discussion moved on,” Silva wrote. “But the phrase ‘playing the white man’ stuck in my head, as I’d never heard it before. So when I got back to my desk, I immediately googled it.
“The definition flashed up on my screen: an old-fashioned saying, used during colonial times, meaning that only white people can be trusted to follow the rules, unlike dark-skinned natives.”
These new allegations come days after Andrew’s interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis — where he spoke publicly for the first time about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — sparked near-universal condemnation.
After leaving active military service in 2001, the prince became a “full-time royal,” carving out a role for himself as a champion of British business by becoming the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment.
That career came to an abrupt end a few months after he was photographed with Epstein in Central Park in 2010. At that time, Epstein was a registered sex offender who had served 13 months in prison on prostitution-related charges.