Prince Andrew Will Not Return to Official Royal Duties

Amy Mackelden
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Prince Andrew will no longer carry out official tasks as a member of the royal family.

According to a new report in The Sunday Times, "Prince Andrew, who stepped back from public life last year 'for the foreseeable future,' will not resume official duties."

Andrew announced his decision to step out of the spotlight in November 2019, after his interview with the BBC aired and saw him discuss his connection to Jeffrey Epstein. The 50 minute interview covered a number of topics, including how the prince first met Epstein, to why he stayed at the convicted sex offender's New York City home in 2010. During the interview, Prince Andrew also addressed allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) on multiple occasions, including when she was just 17-years-old.

The Sunday Times' royal correspondent reported, "The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared." However, as for whether this decision regarding Prince Andrew's official royal duties might change in the future, The Sunday Times explained, "The royal family has 'no plans to review' his position."

It's extremely possible that further coverage of Andrew's alleged links to Epstein have hindered the royal's chances of returning to his official duties. The new Netflix documentary, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, alleges that Prince Andrew groped a woman while on Epstein's private Caribbean island in the early '00s. A book, Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, is also forthcoming in July 2020.

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