Prince Andrew's removal from royal duties likely permanent: Report

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The British royal family reportedly has “no plans to review” Prince Andrew’s separation from official duties, nearly six months after the Duke of York stepped back from his role amid backlash over his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, The Sunday Times reported.

The queen is likely to make her second son's removal from royal duties permanent, the outlet reported.

Andrew, who royal sources reportedly called “toxic” and a “busted flush,” announced in November 2019 he was stepping “back from public duties for the foreseeable future,” with permission from his mother.

“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,” Andrew, 60, said in a public statement at the time, adding: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”

He also reportedly stepped away from his charity and lost his office in Buckingham Palace.

Epstein and Andrew were reportedly friends for more than a decade but their relationship soured after the photograph was blasted on the front page of the New York Post in February 2011, according to a report.

"Randy Andy with NYC sex creep," the February 2011 cover reads, along with the unflattering title: "PRINCE & PERV."

Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, but his criminal case was dismissed weeks later when he was found dead in his federal jail cell in New York City on Aug. 10.

Medical examiners determined he had committed suicide by hanging, but forensic experts and federal investigators are still probing many of the circumstances.

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