Lockdown is doing wonders for the royal family. Even Fergie gets a look-in | Catherine Bennett

Prince Andrew’s former wife reading to the kiddies on YouTube. What a boost to the national morale • Coronavirus latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage In forthcoming journals of this plague year, I hope whoever gets to write the canonical version will make a particular note of 15 April. This was the day the Duchess of York, ex-wife of Prince Andrew and ex-host to the late Jeffrey Epstein , the child sex offender, used the crisis to relaunch herself as the lockdown kiddies’ choice. Introducing Storytime with Fergie and Friends , the Duchess, surrounded by soft toys, said children needed “a little bit of magic”. She was, she confided, in the Windsor home she shares with a host of novelty teapots and also Prince Andrew (whose testimony is still sought by a number of Epstein’s victims), in her “favourite place ever… with children”. Continue reading...