Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are making the final months of 2019 difficult for the royal family. After Prince Andrew found himself in the middle of a scandal, the couple shared their documentary, in which they spoke out about the harsh treatment they received from the British tabloids.

The Duke of York’s friendship with a convicted offender, Jeffrey Epstein, led to allegations of sexual misconduct. Although Andrew has denied the accusations, a former royal staff member claimed the royal family will have to distance themselves from the drama if they want to save their image.

Former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told BBC News that the royal family should abandon Prince Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew. “You take the Royal Family as a whole. Prince Phillip has stepped back, we’re seeing very little of him. Princess royal carries on, nothing bad about her,” he explained.

“Prince Edward, currently in Canada. They’re all doing a great job. But what you’ve got is Harry at the end of a South Africa tour, within 24 hours of it being a triumphant tour, then ranting on about the British media.”

Arbiter claimed Harry and Meghan managed to fix their relationship with the press but quickly destroyed it after they filed a lawsuit against the tabloids. “It took the story away from the good work that was done in southern Africa to him, Meghan and their relationship with the media,” the former employee said.

Following Prince Andrew’s recent interview about his connection to Epstein, Arbiter claimed the conversation caused further damage to the royal family’s public standing.

“Now you’ve got this with Andrew. I think you have to separate the three people away from the rest of the Royal Family. They’ve got to deal with the situation, the rest of the Royal Family will carry on business as usual,” he shared.

Although Arbiter has shared his advice for what the royal family should do next, it is unclear how the monarchy will proceed following the issues surrounding Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.

For now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to skip Christmas with the royal family to create new holiday memories with baby Archie.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince Andrew
Pictured: Prince Harry, Markle, Prince Andrew during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, March 11, 2019. Getty Images/Kristy Wigglesworth-WPA Pool