Prince Andrew is reportedly considered “toxic” to the royal family, claimed a new story published by The Sunday Times. The publication stated that the 60-year-old royal has not been asked to resume his patronages and official duties for the British monarchy since he stepped back in November 2019. This removal from duties came after claims that the son of Queen Elizabeth had ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The royal family has reportedly stood firm on their decision to remove Andrew from his positions. The Sunday Times reported that the royal family “has no plans to review” their stance on the matter at the moment.
“The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared,” according to the report regarding Andrew’s role within the monarchy moving forward.
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Today The Duke of York will join The Queen and The Royal Family at the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, joining the nation to honour those who have lost their lives in conflict and reflecting on the sacrifices all service personnel have made. #LestWeForget You can watch the event live on BBC One and online from 10:20 GMT. His Royal Highness served in the Royal Navy for 22 years, and continues to support a number of organisations that support servicemen and women, veterans, and their families: • Broughton House Home for Ex-Service Men and Women provides accommodation and treatment for those who have served. • The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel commemorates the lives and sacrifice of the 155 Servicemen and three civilians who lost their lives in the conflict. • The Kohima Educational Trust was established by the Veterans of the Battle of Kohima to aid the education of Naga children. • The On Course Foundation champions the recovery of injured and sick service personnel and veterans through nationwide golf events and employment in the golf industry. • Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League supports veterans across the Commonwealth. • The Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC) provides veterans with the skills and qualifications to gain employment in the media sector. • The Colonel’s Fund @grenadier.guards supports servicemen and women, veterans and their families, who have served in the Grenadier Guards. • @royalbritishlegion St James’s Palace Branch. • The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund Is dedicated to supporting children whose parents serve, or have served, for the Naval Service.
After he stepped back from the royal spotlight, Prince Andrew continued to hold his military commands, including his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, reported The Mirror.
Prince Andrew’s reputation within the royal family was stained when claims against the prince were put forth by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed she was sex trafficked to Andrew by the late Jeffrey Epstein on at least three occasions when she was just 17 years old. Prince Andrew has denied the allegations.
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This evening at the Royal Albert Hall, The Duke of York joined Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of The Royal Family for the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. This years’ Festival marked the 75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944, Monte Cassino, Kohima and Imphal and D-Day. In June 2019, The Duke of York attended a Service at York Minster to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, meeting eight veterans of the Battle. The battle is known as a turning point in the Second World War, but remains relatively unknown as it took place in Nagaland, India. His Royal Highness visited Kohima in 2012 during his tour of India as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Inspired by the idea of education as a living memorial to war, The Duke became Patron of the Kohima Educational Trust, a charity that provides educational assistance to the children of Nagaland – an act of gratitude towards the Naga’s for their help during the Battle. “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.”
In a disastrous BBC interview, the prince claimed he had “no recollection” of ever even meeting his accuser. He also admitted that it was a mistake to remain friends with Jeffrey Epstein after the financier was convicted of being a sex offender in 2008. He also shared that in the past he traveled on Epstein’s jet and was a guest at his homes.
The prince reportedly agreed to sit down for the BBC interview because his reputation with the royal family was severely impacted after the allegations were revealed.
After the interview, Prince Andrew announced via a statement from Buckingham Palace that it had become clear to him that the circumstances related to his association with Jeffrey Epstein had become a major disruption to his family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities he supported. He also expressed his regret over his association with the late sex offender and offered his condolences to those who looked for closure from their ties to Epstein.
The alleged ties between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein continued to be looked at in the Netflix documentary, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. A book that will further delve into the association between the two men, titled Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, is also forthcoming in July 2020 by author Nigel Cawthorne.