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Weekend Reads Prince Andrew's resignation: What does it mean for the royal family?

14:45  21 november  2019
14:45  21 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Prince Andrew’s tell-all interview about Jeffrey Epstein didn’t go so great

  Prince Andrew’s tell-all interview about Jeffrey Epstein didn’t go so great Patricia Treble: That sound you hear is the heads of palace officials repeatedly hitting their desks. He answered all of Maitlis’s questions, but a constant refrain of “no, no” and “I don’t recollect” didn’t help his cause. Did he remember Virginia Roberts, who has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her while she was underage, including once in London at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew’s longtime friend and Epstein’s girlfriend? “It didn’t happen. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.

" Prince Andrew is 'stepping down' in response to a wave of What does this mean ? That he will cooperate with FBI investigators now probing Epstein’ s alleged associates in sex trafficking? He' s still a royal prince ; he can't resign from his family . He is still scheduled to give away his elder daughter

Prince Andrew has announced that he will “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”— so how does this affect his role within the royal His decision to no longer perform public duties as a member of the royal family takes him out of the firing line and he will be hoping that it helps dampen

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Can a British royal prince be "canceled" in today's modern cancel culture? Yes, he can, more or less, especially if he's doing it himself and with Queen Elizabeth II's approval.

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In an unprecedented statement, Prince Andrew said he would "step back" from public duties for the foreseeable future. After his controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview, Prince Andrew is canceling himself from royal duties, maybe permanently.

Prince Andrew has announced that he will “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”— so how does His decision to no longer perform public duties as a member of the royal family takes him out of the firing line and he will be hoping that it helps dampen the furor over his links with Epstein.

Prince Andrew, 59, the queen's second son, announced Wednesday he's stepping away from his royal duties "for the foreseeable future" due to continuing controversy over his former friendship with convicted American sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Assuming this becomes permanent, it means Andrew is retiring from public life decades earlier than his father, Prince Philip, 98, who only retired in 2017, tweeted longtime royal commentator Victoria Arbiter.

"Prince Andrew is 'stepping down' in response to a wave of self-induced scandal & poor choices but it’s extraordinary to think he’s effectively retiring from royal life 37 years before his father did," Arbiter posted on Twitter.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew in January 2015 prior to his speech to business leaders at World Economic Forum in Davos. © Michel Euler, AP Prince Andrew in January 2015 prior to his speech to business leaders at World Economic Forum in Davos. Will this be enough to quell the furies railing against Andrew in the wake of his car-wreck BBC interview in which he attempted to explain why he remained friends with Epstein long after Epstein pleaded guilty to sex crimes in Florida in 2008?

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  Why Britain's Queen Elizabeth had to let Prince Andrew go It should have been a day of joy for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were marking their 72nd wedding anniversary. Prince Andrew's lack of regret over associating with a convicted sex offender was one thing, but it was his apparent lack of empathy for the victims that has drawn the most criticism. The onslaught from the British media was unrelenting, while numerous organizations distanced themselves from the prince and his charitable efforts.

What Prince Andrew ’ s shock decision actually means for the royal family . “Something had to be done to draw a line under all of this.” The Sun also reports that the Queen’s extraordinary intervention came following intense lobbying from Prince Charles, who is currently on a royal tour of New Zealand.

The Prince of Wales and The Princess Royal , for example, may present members of the public with their honours at an Investiture. Members of the Royal Family also often represent The Queen and the nation in Commonwealth or other countries, at events such as State funerals or national festivities

And will Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was forced by Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, be satisfied with Andrew's disappearance from his public royal life? 

It's not entirely clear yet but recent history in the post-#MeToo era suggests the answer to those questions is probably no. 

Andrew continues to deny he had sex or any relationship with Giuffre. He said he doesn't remember even meeting her, despite a picture of the two, he with his arm around her waist, that has been floating around the internet since at least 2011.

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Certainly there is not much precedent, at least not in the modern era, for what Andrew has done here: It's a rare acknowledgement that a high-ranking royal’s behavior warrants at least temporary suspension of royal duties and a split from his patronage of charities and other royal good works. 

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  Prince Andrew is now a royal without a role. But who is paying? Prince Andrew's decision to step back from public duties begs a question: What does a Prince without a royal role actually do? And, more importantly for British taxpayers: Who pays for it? The answer: No one knows for sure. Prince Andrew, whose royal title is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and a brother of Prince Charles. He is also the first royal to step down since Edward VIII abdicated over his relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936.

Prince Andrew has traditionally been paid from both the Sovereign Grant, which is a pot of public money that helps fun the work the royals do on As he will no longer be partaking in royal work, Prince Andrew ' s access to the Sovereign Grant will now be cut off. He'll have to fund himself from his

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It’s also a humiliating acknowledgment by Andrew of his failed attempt to plausibly explain and exonerate himself through the media. If he thought his BBC interview would fix his Epstein mess, he was wrong, or at least wrong about his media skills.

Instead, it made things worse, judging from the near universal blowback of contempt aimed at him by the British media and by Epstein accusers in the U.S. in the wake of the BBC broadcast Saturday night.

Two sentences in Andrew’s statement suggest he or his palace media team have listened to the outrage from his accusers and their lawyers, who denounced him for not seeming to show any sympathy for the women who say they were trafficked for sex by Epstein to his powerful pals. (Epstein was found dead, a suicide, in July in his federal jail cell in Manhattan while awaiting trial on new sex-crime charges.)

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“His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," Andrew's statement said. "I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives."

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Some members of the royal family have official residences named as the places from which announcements are made in the Court Circular about Senior titled members of the royal family do not usually use a surname, although since 1960 Mountbatten-Windsor, incorporating Prince Philip' s

consult its student body over Prince Andrew ’ s position as chancellor after a panel voted unanimously to lobby for the duke’ s resignation from the A spokesperson for the university told the Guardian on Tuesday: “We are aware of the Students’ Union meeting last night and the motion it passed regarding

"I am glad that Prince Andrew has realized the negative public reaction to his interview and recognized his failure to empathize with the victims of Epstein," said Florida lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who has represented Epstein accusers in the past, in an email to USA TODAY. "If (he) is truly remorseful and shamed of his ill-judged relationship with Epstein, then he can prove it by waiving all possible diplomatic immunity and subject himself to the jurisdiction of the United States." 

The last sentence in Andrew's statement is notable for its vagueness: “Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

a woman with pink hair looking at the camera: Virginia Roberts Giuffre at news conference outside a Manhattan court in New York on Aug. 27, 2019. © Bebeto Matthews, AP Virginia Roberts Giuffre at news conference outside a Manhattan court in New York on Aug. 27, 2019.

What does this mean? That he will cooperate with FBI investigators now probing Epstein’s alleged associates in sex trafficking? Or will he do so only if his lawyers tell him to, as he suggested in the BBC interview? Or only under subpoena? And from whom? 

Giuffre and her lawyers have demanded that Andrew cooperate with investigators. She also has publicly called for Andrew to “go to jail.”

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents five other accusers of Epstein who are suing his estate for compensation, reiterated Wednesday in an interview with USA TODAY her demand that Andrew should fully cooperate with American investigators. 

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Prince Andrew conceded making errors, but these were more in the case of being caught out. His visit to Epstein in New York in December 2010 had been advertised as their “breakup” meeting, as doing so by phone would have been a “chicken’ s way of doing it ”. This particular process seemed lengthy and

After his catastrophic interview about Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew is taking a step back from his royal But by no means does it seem that she intended to sabotage her second son, who' s long been perceived as her favorite. The royal family seems to recognize as much: According to the BBC

Elizabeth II et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Queen Elizabeth II with Sir David Attenborough after she presented him with the 2019 Chatham House Prize at the Royal institute of International Affairs in London on Nov. 20, 2019. © Eddie Mulholland, AP Queen Elizabeth II with Sir David Attenborough after she presented him with the 2019 Chatham House Prize at the Royal institute of International Affairs in London on Nov. 20, 2019. "I am glad that he is willing to speak to law enforcement, although I am not sure what he means by 'if required.' Is he insisting that he be served with a subpoena to testify or is he willing to speak to law enforcement without being legally required to do so?" Allred said. "My clients who are victims of Jeffrey Epstein have spoken to law enforcement without being 'required' to do so."

Nevertheless, the last four days of unrelenting criticism of Andrew by the British media have had the effect of banishment from the spotlight. He's still a royal prince; he can't resign from his family. He is still scheduled to give away his elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, at her wedding next year

Will he be banished from the United Kingdom? Unlikely. He's not an abdicated king in exile, as was his great uncle, Edward VIII-turned-Duke of Windsor, in 1936. Andrew is only eighth in line to the throne so he will never be king. 

More likely, he will spend more time at his royal digs on the Windsor Castle estate, Royal Lodge, or at his luxury ski chalet in Switzerland. 

The queen is no doubt dismayed about Andrew, to whom she is close. But will this have any effect on the queen's carrying out of her royal duties? Also unlikely, as the 93-year-old monarch has weathered plenty of scandals in her 67 years on the throne.

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Prince Andrew ' s public life is over for now. The statement says the withdrawal is " for the foreseeable future". But it 's hard to see what will bring him back. The prince 's announcement means he won't be carrying out public engagements, but he will still attend Royal Family events such as Trooping the

So far, her schedule is unaffected: On Wednesday alone, she conducted two audiences at the palace and gave a speech as she awarded this year’s Chatham House Prize to filmmaker David Attenborough and his "Blue Planet Two" team. Next week she is scheduled to visit the Royal Philatelic Society (stamp collectors) for their 150th anniversary celebration, according to Buckingham Palace.

Will the queen's other children and grandchildren step up to fill Andrew's roles in his charities and other projects? Possible, although the palace has not said anything about that yet. 

Already, Andrew's critics in the British tabloids are celebrating his downfall and calling for him to be struck off the royal payroll. 

Andrew's Epstein reckoning has been a long time coming. His friendship with Epstein began damaging Andrew as early as 2011, years after Epstein was convicted. It led to Andrew losing his royal “job” of representing Britain as an international trade envoy, a job he liked. 

Andrew’s royal duties included his flagship Pitch@Palace, which he founded in 2014 to provide a platform to “amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs,” inviting them to Buckingham Palace to meet “people who could help make their business dreams a reality,” according to the website.

But the disastrous BBC interview sent some of his charitable partners and some educational institutions rushing to distance themselves from him. 

Standard Chartered bank, a backer of Pitch@Palace, decided not to renew its sponsorship for “commercial reasons.’’ Professional services provider KPMG won’t renew its support for the initiative either, Britain’s Press Association reported. Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca says it is reviewing its three-year partnership, which is due to expire at the end of the year.

The only thing Prince Andrew can do now

  The only thing Prince Andrew can do now Andrew MacDougall: Either he comes clean—and helps bring Epstein to account—or Prince Andrew commits himself to a life of obscure ignominy . Not that he would disappear; the Queen’s second-born son is simply too big to sweep under the carpet, even the luxurious ones found in Buckingham Palace.To be credible and genuine, Prince Andrew’s efforts must not stop at home; he must also include Ghislaine Maxwell in any disclosures to the police.

Kings and princes were historically known by the names of the countries over which they and their families ruled. Kings and queens therefore signed A proclamation on the Royal Family name by the reigning monarch is not statutory; unlike an Act of Parliament, it does not pass into the law of the land.

Like most royals, Andrew is a patron for dozens of organizations, and a few of the more prominent groups have acknowledged they are considering whether they want that bond to continue, including London Metropolitan University. Students at the University of Huddersfield, where Andrew is chancellor, are objecting to being “represented by a man with ties to organized child sexual exploitation and assault,’’ according to The Associated Press.

It's a royal mess. It's been so for nearly a decade and so it remains.  

The only thing Prince Andrew can do now .
Andrew MacDougall: Either he comes clean—and helps bring Epstein to account—or Prince Andrew commits himself to a life of obscure ignominy . Not that he would disappear; the Queen’s second-born son is simply too big to sweep under the carpet, even the luxurious ones found in Buckingham Palace.To be credible and genuine, Prince Andrew’s efforts must not stop at home; he must also include Ghislaine Maxwell in any disclosures to the police.

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