Prince Andrew 'Should Be Locked Up in the Tower'—Sharon Osbourne

Television personality Sharon Osbourne has said she believes Prince Andrew is an "utter disgrace to the royal family" and should "be locked up in the tower," during a new panel show on Monday.

Osbourne, wife of musician Ozzy Osbourne and a reality television veteran, made the comments on Rupert Murdoch owned TalkTV's new panel show titled The Talk.

Sharon Osbourne signed on to present the program following her acrimonious departure from CBS' talk show of the same name in 2021, after her on-air defense of Piers Morgan who claimed not to "believe a word" of Meghan Markle's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Osbourne was questioned over her views on race which provoked criticism online and led to the star stepping down from her position on the show.

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Sharon Osbourne has called Prince Andrew an "utter disgrace" on her new TalkTV panel show going on to say he should be "locked up in the tower." Osbourne (L) photographed September 22, 2019. And Andrew (R) photographed April 11, 2021. John Shearer/Getty Images/Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images

In 2021, Osbourne issued an apology following the post-Meghan Oprah interview episode of The Talk, which read: "To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over."

Osbourne now finds herself working alongside Morgan, who has been given his own show on TalkTV, Piers Morgan Uncensored.

On the first episode of her panel show The Talk on Monday, the TV host gave her views on a number of members of the royal family, including Meghan and Prince Harry of whom she said: "Are you in or are you out, because you can't have it all," in reference to their recent visit to the queen and statements made at the 2022 Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

When asked how the 96-year-old monarch might steer her family "back on the straight and narrow" after widespread criticisms over the course of the year, Osbourne replied: "I don't know whether she can right now, I mean it's gone so far."

The most barbed of Osbourne's comments were reserved for the disgraced son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew.

Identifying Andrew, who settled the sexual assault lawsuit brought against him in the U.S by Virginia Giuffre earlier this year, as a main cause for criticism, Osbourne said: "I think Andrew is an utter disgrace to the royal family," adding, "I think he should be locked up in the tower and they should throw the key away."

The prince has always denied the accusations brought against him.

Later on in the panel discussion, which included television host Jeremy Kyle and conservative commentator Esther Krakue, Osbourne also called the prince "disposable" to the monarchy as it moves forward under the reigns of King Charles III and King William V.

These comments follow those made by Osbourne in an interview with The Times, ahead of The Talk's first episode, during which she said Andrew could have saved himself from disgrace had he been honest and transparent.

On Harry and Meghan, Osbourne gave her opinion on The Talk, stating her belief that the couple will want to travel to the U.K. this summer for the queen's platinum jubilee celebrations because Harry "wants that picture taken on the balcony because that picture, for him to be part of the jubilee, is huge press for him and his wife and, I must say, they run a business."

The host then went on to stress the importance of the Sussexes remaining in the public eye in order to sustain their businesses.

"They make money wherever they go," she said. "So the thing is they constantly have to stay in the public eye so everything they do revolves around the royal family."

During the Invictus Games earlier this month, Harry told Today show host Hoda Kotb that he was unsure as to whether he would be able to attend the jubilee celebrations with his family over security considerations. The prince is currently in an ongoing lawsuit with the U.K Home Office over his security arrangements.

TalkTV's launch on Monday featured an array of royal commentary from the first segment of The Talk panel show, to a discussion between Piers Morgan and Donald Trump during which the former president spoke of his admiration for the queen and unflattering opinion of Harry and Meghan.

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