When news broke out that Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was ready to discuss his friendship with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, many came ready to tune in.
Tune in they did but whether they got to hear what they needed to remained an afterthought. The Duke came out in the BBC News Night interview to clear his name.
There were allegations being made that discredited his name. Even business partnerships and charities he is a patron started to discuss cutting connections with him.
No, he was not there to show empathy or a single bit of remorse. In the aftermath of the interview, Prince Andrew realizes he should have.
Remorse as an Afterthought
What Prince Andrew needed to say in the interview with Emily Maitlis, he said in a royal statement. "I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected." He emphasized the victims of Epstein, who sought answers and closures after his suicide.
Take note that the interview was held at Buckingham Palace. It was with the Queen's approval. However, previous to that, it was reportedly his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson that encouraged him to lay his truth out in a publicized interview.
So he did.
However, for her part, Ferguson was remorseful with her connection to pedophile Epstein when she was interviewed.
A Change of Mind
In the interview, Prince Andrew said he had no regrets over his friendship with Epstein.
Why would he invite a convicted sex offender to his daughter Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday after Epstein was previously arrested? Well, because he did not know what was happening in the U.S.
Why was he photographed taking a walk with Epstein and staying in the pedophile's residence that received trafficked girls on the day of his visit? The thing with that house, the Duke says, people always come and go.
Most stark of his response was when he, in restrained astonishment of Epstein, said that the billionaire had introduced him to a lot of influential people and a lot of opportunities to learn at Wall Street. For all those, he does not regret the friendship.
After receiving heavy backlash for his BBC interview and evidences coming out to prove his alibis wrong, the Duke of York seemingly had a change of heart.
"I unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Epstein," Prince Andrew furthered in his statement after the interview.
Requesting Another Interview?
Prince Andrew can either leave it to the public to stumble upon his royal announcement or read it from the news, or he could do another interview.
When BBC's Maitlis asked the Duke if there was anything else left unsaid that he wanted to say, Prince Andrew let the chance slip by. Now he sees it. He saw what he just missed -- the opportunity he had was not merely to clear his name, but to show remorse, the slightest of which he failed to show.
Royal writer Richard Kay revealed that right now, Prince Andrew's family believes him. He reportedly told the Queen he did not have sex with the trafficked girls, and his word is taken for it.
Buckingham Palace is reportedly "not aware" that Andrew is considering doing a second interview. Vanity Fair reported that the Duke "wants the chance to put right the things he did not say."
In the meantime, the Duke will be "stepping back from royal duties in the foreseeable future." He added that he will help with investigations if required.
Take note, the Duke previously categorically denied allegations of having sex with Epstein's trafficked girls, even those allegations made in court.