Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Having a 'Rough Time' After Jeffrey Epstein Interview

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Recently, Prince Andrew opened up about his friendship with millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and apparently, there's one member of the royal family who's stressed out about the whole thing: Queen Elizabeth. It sounds like the Queen is having a "rough time" coping with the Duke of York's comments right now, and we get it -- being in any way connected to this scandal is probably not something she'd ever want or hope would happen.

  • After Epstein's death, the Queen approved Prince Andrew to do an interview about their relationship ... but it wasn't easy for her.

    Queen Elizabeth, Prince Andrew
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    According to Town & Country, Queen Elizabeth allowing the interview to be filmed in Buckingham Palace was her way of giving approval, but it doesn't mean this hasn't rocked her world a little -- or a lot.

    "I am trying to understand the significance of the Queen giving us her own formal quarters in which to film, but it feels like a code I do not properly understand," Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, who conducted the interview, shared. "Is she endorsing her son? The need for this interview? Or am I reading way too much into every step, merely because there are so many of them?" 

    It's hard to know exactly what the monarch was thinking, but there's a good chance this couldn't have moved forward without her approval. 

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  • Now, it sounds like the Queen is reportedly struggling with the whole thing.

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    ... not that we blame her. 

    The topic came up on the UK show This Morning, and reportedly, the Queen's a bit stressed about it all. 

    "We've got to look at the Queen as two people," Queen Elizabeth's former spokesperson, Dickie Arbiter, said on the show. "She's Queen, head of state, but she's also a mother. And she will be looking at her son, and will be asking, 'Did this really happen?' in a private conversation. She has to put on a brave face in public."

    And reportedly, the Queen is having a "rough time" coping -- which makes sense, now that she's trying to process her son being friends with someone like Epstein.

    "He was friends with a convicted pedophile. He went over there, as he said, he was doing the honorable thing to break off a friendship," Arbiter said. "Well, if you know somebody who is a convicted pedophile, you would keep within a million miles. He claimed he didn't know what was going on." 

  • On top of all of that, Andrew announced on Wednesday he's stepping back from royal duties.

    Prince Andrew
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    In fact, according to the BBC, Andrew has asked the Queen to be relieved of his duties after everything he's been through.

    "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein," he said in a statement. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives."

  • Hopefully, the Queen will be able to take a break from all the stress soon, especially since it's time for a celebration.

    After all, she and Prince Philip are celebrating 72 years of marriage this week, so she definitely deserves to be cheered up -- and hopefully, she'll be able to enjoy her anniversary, even with all of this going on.

    We'll be thinking of her! 

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