British Royal Prince Andrew’s former friendship with the disgraced and now-deceased convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has finally come back to haunt him.
The Washington Examiner reported Friday that the prince and his staffers had been kicked out of Buckingham Palace, the home of the prince’s mother, Queen Elizabeth.
Citing a Friday report from The Times of London, the Examiner noted that the Duke of York had been ordered to clear his office and his staff out of the palace. The news comes just days after it was announced that he would be “stepping away” from his royal duties, according to the Examiner.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the disgraced prince said: “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 in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support.”
He went on: “Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”
A statement by His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG. pic.twitter.com/LfMFwMyhcb
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 20, 2019
Fired by the Queen?
However, the New York Post reported that Prince Andrew hadn’t really requested to “step back” from his official duties, but rather had been “fired” by the Queen, who followed up by demanding that he and his staff find somewhere else other than the palace to conduct their business. She also canceled all official events in which Andrew was involved, as his continued presence might “tarnish” the reputation of the royal family.
Additionally, it was reported that the Queen had also personally ordered the firing of Andrew’s longtime personal secretary Amanda Thirsk, who was said to have been the driving force behind arranging the duke’s disastrous recent interview with the BBC, in which he only made the situation involving him and Epstein worse.
As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, the Post reported that Andrew has been forced to resign as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and step away from an assortment of programs he headed as numerous corporate sponsors have ditched him.
It is believed that Prince Andrew is the first member of the royal family to ever step down from official duties due to a “tarnished reputation.”
That said, it must be pointed out that for all of the disgrace Andrew has brought to the royal family over his relationship with Epstein and the allegations against him, he was nevertheless spotted riding horses with his mother on Friday on the grounds of Windsor Castle, reportedly a “clear gesture of support from the Queen.”
Still, it has become all but undeniable that Prince Andrew not only knew but was quite possibly involved in Epstein’s disgustingly sordid criminal behavior, and no excuses or claims of royal immunity will change that perception. Whether he is ever held accountable for the things he has been accused of doing remains to be seen — but at the very least, the Queen has sent him packing from Buckingham Palace and left him to face the music alone.