Duncan Garner: Prince Andrew's behaviour a right royal mess

OPINION: Prince Andrew. Actually, let's call him Andy, because a prince sounds credible, decent and a man of standards. 

And clearly Andrew's reputation is in tatters - and if you are judged by the friends you keep then hanging out with, and being great mates with, a creepy paedophile like the late Jeffrey Epstein, means Andrew, sorry, Andy, has been judged guilty. 

Guilty of aiding and abetting a scumbag who hid his crimes behind being a superstar famous guy in an expensive suit.  

But worse than that are the allegations that Andy partook in the activities.

He dropped his 12-year-old daughter at a party then spent the evening with a girl called Virginia, just five years older.

We've all seen the photo of Andy with his arm around her - the accusation is they had sex three times.

Not that the prince was there. 

Oh, you have a photo, do you? Umm, yes. Photoshop?

Surely police in Britain and the FBI will have more than a passing interest in a sex ring involving famous faces and kids who should be sitting exams. 

You see, Epstein had been to prison for sex with a minor before so Andy went to call off the friendship.

But not by text or phone or email - Andy took four long days and nights in a New York mansion to tell his mate that his grubby company was "unbecoming" for a prince.

What a right royal mess. 

So fast forward to a fancy dignified room at Buckingham Palace - the makeshift setting for the fall of a prince, or the "train-wreck interview" as it's now affectionately known.

The second son, the Queen's favourite, was staring at the glaring lights of oblivion and humiliation, where truth was a stranger and the abuse of young girls was simply brushed off with phrases like "a manner unbecoming".' 

How sick.  

The Queen doesn't deserve this, but she has now lanced the gigantic royal boil and done the right thing by sending him to the naughty mat in his bedroom. 

He's been shamed and disrobed, and he can thank modern times he hasn't had his head cut off like King Charles in 1649.

The Queen can control the narrative now, but only to a point. The wandering, aimless and unemployed prince must be given the job of meeting the police on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Let truth prevail - being rich and famous must be no defence for being a despicable man.

Duncan Garner is a host of The AM Show.