"Disgraced" Prince Andrew's Secret Visit to Middle East Revealed by Experts
The Prince may be looking for a new, unofficial job, sources say.
Ever since he was asked to step down as a working member of the Royal Family, Prince Andrew has maintained a relatively low profile in the public eye. After all, the "disgraced" royal, whose reputation was tarnished by sexual assault allegations in addition to his relationship with sex pest Jeffrey Epstein, is no longer allowed to represent the family publicly. Aside from the funeral events after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, he is rarely photographed.
However, according to a new report, Prince Andrew has something cooking behind the scenes – in the Middle East. He allegedly even made a secret visit, which was funded by Bahrain. Keep reading to learn more— and to explore secrets of the Royal Family, don't miss these The Biggest Royal Romance Scandals of All Time.
According to The Sun, Prince Andrew flew by private jet to the Middle East just last week. Sources maintain that while he can't obtain an official role because he isn't a working member of the Royal Family, he is allegedly gunning for an unofficial role as an "intermediary between the West and oil-rich Gulf states. He might even consider moving there.
The disgraced Prince flew on a billionaire Swiss contact, Thomas Flohr's jet, and enjoyed an all-expenses-paid, five-star getaway in Bahrain. He was rumored to be staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Manama. The "privately funded" trip was not recorded in the Court Circular, because he isn't a working royal. Sources say he "fancies his chances" as an unofficial representative for international trade and investment.
"Prince Andrew no longer has a wide circle of friends but Royal Families do have a habit of sticking together," an insider told The Sun about his trip. "He's been close to the Bahraini Royal Family for many years and has always enjoyed his trips to Bahrain. There are people there who have been loyal to the Queen's son and have deep pockets."
Sayed Ahmed Al Wadaei, a human right's advocate of the Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy, has slammed his relationship with Bahrain's "corrupt" ruling family as "toxic and shameful," per The Sun. "For several years, he visited the country and met with Bahrain's police force, despite their record of violence, extreme interrogation tactics, and use of torture," said Al Wadaei.
"Prince Andrew has also been pictured laughing with King Hamad in the same year he ratified the execution of three political prisoners whose confession was forced through torture. When Andrew's relationship with Epstein came to light, the first place he considered fleeing to in order to hide from public embarrassment was Bahrain," Al Wadaei continued. "This reflects how deep his disgraceful relationship is with Bahrain's corrupt dictatorship."
Another source added to The Sun that moving to the Middle East country isn't off the table."If Andrew is not wanted in the UK then he can have a home and new life in Bahrain," they said.