Prince Andrew will never return to royal duties despite Megxit – Duke to ‘remain a pariah’

Prince Andrew has ‘tarnished’ the Royal Family says expert

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The Duke of York stepped back from royal duties at the end of 2019 and has rarely been seen in public. On Friday afternoon, Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not be returning as working members of The Firm.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig told “Harry and Meghan were never returning to royal duties… and Andrew will remain a pariah.

“He will not be returning carrying out engagements ever.”

In November 2019, Andrew asked the Queen for permission to step back from royal duties for the “foreseeable future”, amid his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Earlier that month, Andrew took part in an interview with BBC Newsnight and said he did not regret his relationship with the disgraced financier.

He said: “The people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”

In a statement upon stepping back from royal duties, Andrew said his past association with Mr Epstein had “become a major disruption” to the work of the Royal Family as well as organisations he supported.

The Duke added he deeply sympathised with Mr Epstein’s victims.

Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers, claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, the Duke has always denied any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.

The departure of Andrew, Meghan and Harry from frontline duties has raised questions over the future direction of the Royal Family.

The Prince of Wales is next-in-line for the throne and is understood to be in favour of a “slimmed-down” monarchy with only immediate family members granted royal privileges

The Royal Family gave their clearest indication of downsizing in their Christmas card in 2019 – which only featured the Queen and her heirs, Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, previously told, Charles could be forced to halt his plans due to the lack of working royals.

Prince Phillip, 99, has retired from official duties and the Queen, 94, has scaled down her number of appearances.

Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are not working members of the Royal Family and have forged their own personal careers.

Meanwhile, the children of Kate and William are still far too young, Prince George is only aged seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two.

Mr Fitzwilliams pointed out the royals support more than 3,000 organisations and this involves more than 2,000 engagements each year.

Much of the responsibly now falls on Charles, Princess Anne, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke of Cambridge.


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Most recently, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex have featured more prominently in frontline royals.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Clearly the number of working royals, with Andrew stepping down as well as the Sussexes, is fewer.

“It may well be that when Charles ascends the throne and before George, Charlotte and Louis are able to begin engagements, there will be too few royals to carry these out at the current level.

“Since royal links have such a cachet, they are currently attached to some 3,000 organisations and over 2,000 engagements are carried out each year, this should be borne in mind when there is talk of a ‘slimmed down monarchy’.

“This has already happened, but these links are truly valuable.”

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