Prince Andrew ‘removed as patron of almost 50 organisations’ after fallout

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The Duke of York stepped back from royal life in 2019 following the disastrous interview with the BBC over his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Sources previously claimed Andrew believes he can make a comeback.

However, Andrew has now been dropped as the patron of almost 50 organisations, according to the Telegraph.

Some of the charities include the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the Golf Foundation, the Children’s Foundation, the Outward Bound Trust and the British Science Association.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, said: “We felt that as a children’s charity it was not appropriate for him to remain a patron.”

Also, the Berkshire County Cricket Club, the Society for Nautical Research, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and Whitgift School in Croydon have also severed ties with the Duke.

Many of those who have cut ties with Andrew have said they had not replaced him.

Only three of the charities – the British Science Association, the Council of British International Schools and the Tall Ships Youth Trust – have made contract with Buckingham Palace regarding a replacement, reports claim.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the York Minster Fund have all replaced Andrew with his brother, Prince Charles.

A Buckingham Palace source said: “The announcement of the Duke of York stepping back from public duties received widespread attention and many patronages were quick to get in touch.

“Since then patronages wishing to discuss the impact on their operations have been dealt with as they arose.”

Last month, Andrew made a public statement following the passing of his father, Prince Philip, and it is believed he has already asked the Queen to be allowed to temporarily step back as a senior royal.

However, Prince Charles is reportedly “adamant” there is no way back for Andrew while allegations hang over him.

A source told the MailOnline: “Prince Andrew might hope that this sad situation changes things, but Prince Charles is adamant there is no way back while allegations hang over him.

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“He spoke on camera in a private capacity because this is a family event.

“No one can stop him doing that.”

Last month, a source said Andrew believes in his “heart of hearts” he can make a return to royal duties.

A source said: “He still harbours thoughts that he can make a comeback.

“He genuinely thinks that’s possible.

“He still does believe in his heart of hearts that he can return and that time will be a healer.

“He thinks he will be able to resume royal duties at some point and save his reputation.

“He hopes the public, if he’s supporting his mother in this difficult time, might give him the benefit of the doubt.

“He hopes there is a way back.”

In December, the Queen kicked off a new era for the Royal Family with an event attended by seven of her family members – with the group quickly being dubbed the “New Firm”.

Andrew, as well as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, were notably absent from the line-up.

The New Firm included Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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