Vanessa Feltz defends Prince Andrew over military uniform

·2 min read

Watch: Vanessa Feltz praises King Charles over Prince Andrew decision

Vanessa Feltz has defended Prince Andrew after the royal wore his military uniform at the vigil of his mother, the Queen.

The Duke of York was stripped of his honorary military appointments when he stepped down from being an active member of the Royal Family in 2019.

As a result of him wearing formal military dress, there was speculation that Andrew would be returning to royal duties under his brother King Charles III.

Read more: Vanessa Feltz accuses royal biographer of 'projecting' image onto Meghan Markle

But broadcaster Vanessa Feltz defended Andrew on This Morning, saying: "Well that just shows two things, one it shows that the King [Charles] is a compassionate person."

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends a  a vigil with his siblings around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends a a vigil with his siblings around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (AFP via Getty Images)

She went on: "I don’t think he needs to be punished at that moment at his mother’s funeral and the funeral proceedings.

"I think the other thing it shows is just how much tittle tattle there is, and how much nonsensical reporting there is, and how many people pretend to know what’s going on behind the scenes of everything and have absolutely no idea."

Her view was criticised by Matthew Wright who was appearing on This Morning with her.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Vanessa Feltz attends the
Vanessa Feltz has defended Prince Andrew. (Getty Images)

Wright brought up the allegations that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre and said: "He’s done some fairly horrendous crimes Vanessa. The compassion surely falls to the victims, that’s all I’m saying."

Giuffre has alleged that she was trafficked by convicted sex trafficker and Andrew's friend Jeffrey Epstein when she was a teenager.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: King Charles lll, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attend a vigil, following the death of Queen Elizabeth ll, inside Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's children mount a family vigil over her coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Daniel Leal - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
King Charles lll, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attend a vigil for Queen Elizabeth ll. (WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Andrew has always denied any wrongdoing and came to an out-of-court settlement with Giuffre earlier this year.

As part of the settlement, it is believed Andrew paid her several million pounds.

Giuffre has also alleged that she was instructed to have sex with prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who once represented Epstein and others such as Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump.

Watch below: Prince Andrew fights back tears as Queen's coffin carried into Westminster Abbey.