His role is neatly defined here:
Over the past seven years he has become the royal family’s business champion, a role that has required him to travel the globe to help promote UK business and wherever possible to open doors that are not so accessible to othersThe italics are mine but, to me, show that is is presented as a 'man with connections' Reminds me of the Mafia underworld slang - their version of a funny handshake - 'friend of mine: introduction of a third person who is not a member of the Family but who can be vouched for by a Family member'
Fergie - poor cow - was just selling what she saw Andy doing for free. Arranging introductions. Did we not just have another sting where MPs were shown offering the same facility? Andy's costs have attracted much comment - mainly at his life style and travel arrangements but the sale of SarahFork attracted some adverse comment. Ian Davidson, a Labour member of the Commons public accounts committee, questioned whether the prince was blinded by the opportunity to make a windfall profit.
“Possibly the work he does in Kazakhstan is to the benefit of Britain,” said Davidson. “But he has got to avoid giving the impression that he is for sale or at least for rent.”
I am not sure what to think of these NoW stings. We do not know all of the preamble prior to the denouement in the set-up suite. When I read of her offering a handshake with her old mate for £500,000, I get the phrase "There but for the grace of God go I"
I even doubt that this is any form of eclipse. She has had headlines before and moved on. Andy is obviously well protected against any allegation of wrong doing. They seem to have a good relationship when it comes to parental responsibilities towards the daughters of their couplings. Who knows? - he is not referred to as Randy Andy for no reason and she is what she is.