Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Right To Protest v The Responsibility Of Restraint – Protest & Prince Andrew

Matthew Steeples suggests that though people should have the right to protest they and the police also must exercise the responsibility of restraint – especially in the context of the rotten rabid ratbag Prince Andrew

Yesterday in Parliament Square, Westminster a protestor held up a blank sheet of paper. He got short shrift from a clearly over zealous policeman who demanded his details for potentially “offending somebody.” Of this, on Twitter, The Guardian’s recently appointed political editor Pippa Crerar observed: “Just mad.” She was clearly right.


Meanwhile on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at around 2.50pm as the Queen’s funeral cortège progressed, a 22-year-old named Rory “heckled” a plain-clothed Prince Andrew as he passed and yelled out: “Prince Andrew – Andrew: You’re a sick old man.” He was pushed to the floor and then arrested by police for a breach of the peace as members of the public immediately shouted him down by responding with cheers of “God Save The King.” The rights and wrongs of this were clearly a greyer area.


Analysing reaction, Sky News host Niall Paterson shared: “I am feeling very uneasy about people being arrested for shouting at *Prince Andrew*” whilst trade unionist Howard Beckett described what occurred as “anti-democratic.” Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England Nazir Afzal went further and concluded: “There are 12 million reasons why [Rory] did what he did” referencing the alleged settlement between the late Queen’s second son and the woman he allegedly never met, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Others argued contrary points including: “Right words, wrong place” and “Arresting hecklers is grotesque.”


Whilst the no-longer-so-grand Duke of York – a man, after all, who has never actually been convicted of a crime in a court of law – is most definitely entitled to mourn the loss of his beloved mother, the presence anywhere of a man who paid a sum estimated as high as £12 million to Epstein-Maxwell victim Roberts Giuffre will always clearly upset many members of the public.


Tact and understanding is indeed required at this time and though public sentiment rightly has sometimes turned to outrage against an entitled individual whose moral compass is clearly beyond warped, it is also time for some restraint to be shown also by both the police and public also. Dignity and decency must be upheld, but that does not mean that we should ever forget that Prince Andrew opted to stay in the home of a convicted paedophile just weeks after he got out of jail in 2010.


Next, in the weeks to come, as our national period of mourning concludes and King Charles III’s reign truly comes into fruition, it is time for one thing; it is time for the rotten ratbag Prince Andrew to be consigned to history and sent away into permanent exile. This vile piece of toerag must never hold public office of any form ever again.


The heckling of Prince Charles’s younger brother occurred as Queen’s coffin was taken across Edinburgh on Monday. It was immediately met with shouts of “God Save The King” from a crowd mostly furious at the outrage uttered.
In turn, the crowd descended into dragging the protestor Rory to the ground and punches also before the Scottish police intervened.
“Powerful men shouldn’t be allowed to commit sexual crimes and get away with it” declared Rory after his arrest.
Of the Westminster incidents, Pippa Crerar observed: “There’s more. Police talking to a protestor for holding up a *blank* piece of paper. Just mad.”
Called out as a “horror show” and “really creepy” on social media on Sunday after his “touchy-feely” display with his daughter Princess Beatrice, the Duke of York really is an example of someone who simply does not get the fact that his ‘antics’ are considered utterly beyond the pale.

Responses on social media to the Westminster and Edinburgh incidents:

Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. This is about the Queen, not her son or even the trash her grandson married. This is not the time. If you do not respect Andrew or Harry or Meghan —and I can’t say as I blame you —this isn’t about them. It’s about the woman who dedicated her life to serving her people. Let her be honored one last time and put to rest in peace. It won’t hurt you to keep you damn mouth shut until this is over. Resist the urge to show your ass and ignorance.

  2. Andrew is a drain on everyone’s well being and it’s awful to spy him wandering purposelessly in the ranks. This is clearly the last time for a long time that he has any right at all to be present anywhere. He should go visit Ghislaine in Florida ..he could try and sneak a week’s worth of decency into her by way of a cake. They could share it with a cup of Earl Grey. So posh. The Queens presence protected him for the last time. Her legacy is not for Andrew or Harry …they will hopefully be orphaned by decency in the UK and the world. Hopefully throwing the heckler to the ground didn’t make Andrew or his family feel any better about themselves

  3. As an American, I never thought this would touch me so deeply. I find myself with crocodile tears the last few days. QE2 was truly one of a kind. She was never one to showcase herself &, didn’t take or get credit for SO many great things she did. I will never forget her or the wonderful things she did for America! God rest her soul. She has “Heavenly Crown” now!


  4. Well this is probably the last time we will see Andy at anything formal, hopefully. The man, and I use that term loosely, is a creep along with his loud mouthed entitled live in partner. It was almost an insult to see him marching along behind the coffin, knowing what he has covered up, and bringing all that shame on his mother in her last year on the planet. I feel a bit sorry for Rory, the guy that called HRH a perv, and while I do believe in free speech. It probably wasn’t a good idea to do it at her Maj’s funeral. Although it did let the world know, we haven’t forgotten. It’s a bit ironic to think, Rory will now have a record for public disturbance while Andy has a clean record because of who he is. I think Rory should have had a stiff talking too, but definitely not charged.


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