Prince Andrew is lucky that he is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite, one source says.

The Duke of York has been in hot water for his connections with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Last week, Prince Andrew spoke about the issue and said that it was damaging to him. Unfortunately, many believed that it would have been better if he didn’t speak at all. According to insiders, Prince Andrew is lucky that he is the Queen’s favorite.

“He’s lucky he’s the queen’s favourite. How much the queen knows – or believes is to be true, is a mystery,” a source told InTouch Weekly. “I’m sure she watched the interview and knows the gravity of the accusations. But the queen is going to believe, as many mothers do.”

Detector expert Mike Sylvestre analyzed the audio recording during Prince Andrew’s interview. According to him, when the royal was “hit with some hard questions” he noticeably dropped the volume of his voice.

“For example when Andrew says he has ‘no’ recollection’ of meeting Virginia his volume dropped. That’s a clear indication that someone is being deceptive,” Sylvestre said, before adding, “My opinion is that he met the lady.”

According to an insider, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is behind his interview. Thus, the Duchess of York is to blame for all the mess the interview made.

A source shared that the duke had been relying on Ferguson heavily. Prince Andrew reportedly values her opinion and experience. The duchess felt that gracing the interview could be the best way for the duke to clear his name while presenting the public a look at the real prince. They were hoping that by doing so, they could give the Duke of York’s public image a “better chance of recovery.”

Meanwhile, many believed that Prince Andrew’s controversial interview only made the matter worse. One netizen said that the duke ruined Princess Beatrice upcoming royal wedding.

Royal correspondent Peter Hunt was also concerned about the Queen’s reputation. He believed that many would question the monarch’s decision for allowing the duke to use her residence, Buckingham Palace, for the interview.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew have a close relationship with each other. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Andrew arrive in the Royal procession on day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2018 in Ascot, England. Getty Images/Joe Maher for Ascot Racecourse