TALK OF THE TOWN: Will the Countess of Derby nonetheless curtsey earlier than Prince Andrew when he subsequent visits Knowsley Corridor?

Prince Andrew’s status could also be taking a battering as he tries to get the US courtroom declare towards him thrown out – but the embattled Duke nonetheless has some associates, and few are as loyal because the Earl and Countess of Derby.

Her Ladyship has historically even curtseyed to him, an old style diploma of deference definitely not demanded by Royal protocol.

Nonetheless, when he’s greeted that means at Knowsley Corridor, the couple’s grand Merseyside property, I’m advised that different feminine visitors really feel compelled to observe swimsuit – whereas the lads make a delicate bow of the pinnacle.

Lord and Lady Derby, who own Knowsley Hall, are very formal when Prince Andrew visits their estate, with Cazzie, pictured right, curtseying - even though this is not demanded by Royal Protocol

Lord and Woman Derby, who personal Knowsley Corridor, are very formal when Prince Andrew visits their property, with Cazzie, pictured proper, curtseying – though this isn’t demanded by Royal Protocol 

Prince Andrew is being sued by Virginia Roberts, pictured centre, in civil court in New York. Prince Andrew denies the allegations

Prince Andrew is being sued by Virginia Roberts, pictured centre, in civil courtroom in New York. Prince Andrew denies the allegations 

Prince Andrew, pictured, stepped back from public life after the allegations were made public

Prince Andrew, pictured, stepped again from public life after the allegations have been made public

The gesture could also be much more stunning on condition that the Countess, whom associates name Cazzie, was briefly romantically linked to Andrew earlier than she grew to become engaged to her husband Edward, a former Grenadier Guards officer often known as Teddy.

Andrew is alleged to be delighted by such ostentatious shows of respect. ‘Cazzie may be very formal, which is why she does it,’ one pal tells me. ‘Her associates are inclined to do what she does.’

There’s definitely no obligation to point out Andrew this stage of etiquette which causes gentle amusement amongst their wider circle.

Introduced up on the 6,000-acre Audley Finish property in Essex, which has been in her household because the reign of Henry VIII, Cazzie is the second of eight daughters of the late, thrice-married tenth Lord Braybrooke.

As a result of her father had no sons, his title handed to his third cousin twice eliminated – an web entrepreneur who lived above a hair salon in Battersea, South London – whereas, on account of a authorized quirk involving the household belief, the Audley Finish property handed to a feminine cousin. Maybe that sort of household historical past, partly, explains why Cazzie, 58, has continued with the deference of a vanished world.

The couple’s spokeswoman tells me the Derbys are ‘on depart’ and is unable to say whether or not the curtsey might be ditched from protocol.

However Cazzie is undoubtedly conscious of public feeling. Two years in the past when {a photograph} emerged of her, Andrew, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attending Ascot collectively in 2000, she issued an announcement explaining she had by no means been associates with Epstein and that ‘her ideas lie at the beginning with the victims of Epstein’s abuse’.