GIVING Prince Andrew a high-profile public role has somehow failed to be a success, it has emerged.
Officials have admitted that appointing the Prince as the UK’s trade envoy has led to the country being humiliated on the international stage thanks to an ever-lengthening list of hideously embarrassing circumstances.
But they have insisted the decision to appoint the Prince was made in good faith as at that point there was only a 90% chance he would become mixed-up with gangsters and sleazy, billionaire sex offenders.
A Foreign Office source said: “It’s very sad because when he was offered it we all thought he must be the right man for the job.
“He was after all a leading a member of the Royal Family while the only thing counting against him was a well-documented penchant for free-loading oafishness and a catastrophic lack of judgement.
“It’s just so difficult to pinpoint where it went wrong.”