Look who Prince Andrew employed as his public relations adviser!
Prince Andrew hires Amber
Rudd's former 'master of the
dark arts' aide to spearhead
a PR fightback following the
Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Andrew has hired Jason Stein, 28, former Special Adviser to Amber
Stein lost his job when Ms Rudd quit as Work and Pensions Secretary
previously worked as spokesman for Liz Truss and the Treasury
Stein’s relationship with Prince Andrew is likely to be helped by
his golf love
29 September, 2019
Prince Andrew has hired Amber Rudd’s former Special Adviser to spearhead a PR ‘fightback’ following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Jason Stein, who developed a reputation at Westminster as a ‘master of the dark arts’, will start as Communications Secretary to the Duke next month.
Mr Stein, 28, lost his job earlier this month when Ms Rudd quit as Work and Pensions Secretary in protest at the removal of the whip from 21 Tory MPs after they rebelled against the Government to stop a No Deal Brexit.
He previously worked as a spokesman for Liz Truss and the Treasury and before that in the Department for Work and Pensions press office.
Mr Stein’s relationship with Prince Andrew is likely to be helped by his love of golf. The Duke plays the game regularly and reportedly has a single figure handicap.
However, his new assignment is likely to be challenging as the Prince has faced damaging headlines since Epstein took his own life in a US prison on August 10.
Earlier this month, Virginia Roberts Giuffre went on American TV to repeat claims that she was coerced by Epstein into having sex with the Duke on three occasions, the first in 2001 when she was 17.
The Prince vehemently denies the allegations, which were thrown out by a US judge in 2015 because they were ‘immaterial and impertinent’.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said of the accusations: ‘It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.’
Earlier this month, The Mail on Sunday also revealed how Andrew had flown into a rage at a senior Palace aide, later identified as Tony Johnstone-Burt, the Queen’s Master of the Household, after he was unable to book a room at Buckingham Palace for an event.
A source admitted the Duke had ‘got very cross’, adding: ‘There were heated words on both sides but the altercation was in no way physical.’
In a 2017 newspaper interview, Andrew admitted he didn’t care about criticism, saying: ‘You don’t get it right all the time. . . it doesn’t bother me. It’s just part of life’s rich tapestry.’
Mr Stein and Buckingham Palace last night declined to comment on the appointment