PAN Am flight 103 exploded to pieces when a bomb in the front cargo area exploded over Lockerbie in Scotland in December 1988.
The day after the horrific incident, the Queen sent Prince Andrew to the village, but his response to the situation shocked the nation.
What did Prince Andrew say about the bombing of Lockerbie Pan Am Flight 103?
In December 1988, terrorists blew up Pan Am Flight 103.
The bomb tragically killed 243 passengers and 16 crew members on the plane, as well as 11 people on the ground when a large part of the plane crashed on a residential street.
The Queen sent her son, Prince Andrew, to Lockerbie, fearing that her presence would deter everyone from disaster.
However, the Duke of York managed to deeply disturb the Lockerbie with his comments.
“It was much worse for Americans,” he said, adding: “I guess statistically something like this has to happen at some stage.… Of course it only has a small effect on the community.”
After insulting the public with his response, Prince Andrew refrained from further commenting on the situation.
Unlike his brazen rejection of the grief of the inhabitants, the queen showed true care and empathy.
Her Majesty reportedly then told her former Deputy Private Secretary Robert Fellowes, “I wish I had left.”
What did Prince Charles say to Jimmy Savile?
Prince Charles was writing to now embarrassed children’s entertainer Jimmy Savile for advice when his brother was criticized for commenting after a terrorist attack.
On January 14, 1989, he wrote, “I may be wrong, but you are the guy who knows what’s going on. What I really need is a list of your suggestions. That’s how I want to get to parts of the country that others can’t reach.”
Savile then wrote a five-page crisis management package at the request of Prince Charles, and recently published letters were published in a Netflix documentary.
Savile replied: “There must be an ‘incident room’ with several independent telephone lines, etc. The Queen should be informed in advance of any action proposed by family members.”
On January 27, 1989, Charles replied: “I enclose a copy of my memorandum on disasters which includes your points and which I showed to my father. He showed it to N.M. [the queen]. “
Savile and Prince Charles met during his work at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bukes, in the 1980s.
There is no indication that the royal family was aware of Savile’s mistakes at the time when they asked for his help.