It's Over: Prince Andrew Officially Quits His Royal Duties "For The Foreseeable Future" Amid The Latest Scandal

Date November 21, 2019

Months of controversy surrounding Prince Andrew and his involvement with disgraced financier and convicted offender Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s have finally reached logical conclusion.

Prince Andrew steps back from royal duties

On Wednesday evening, Prince Andrew made a statement announcing that he quits his royal duties "for the foreseeable future."

The Duke of York explained his decision:

It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.

It was also revealed that the 59-year-old royal had to ask Queen Elizabeth II for permission, although it's possible the decision to resign was mutual:

I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.

At this time, it's unknown when Prince Andrew will come back to work, if at all.

What does it mean for the royal family?

Most likely, the scandal won't affect the Queen too much as she's been through many questionable situations in the past and always carried on as usual. It's possible someone might need to cover Prince Andrew's duties, but nothing is concrete at this time.

As for the Duke of York, he will most likely spend more time at his Windsor residence or even at his luxury ski chalet in Switzerland.

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