Prince Andrew’s retirement from royal duties has been officially confirmed by King Charles
King Charles appointed his sister Princess Royal and brother Prince Edward to his Council of State, but he declared that Prince Andrew would be taking no further official roles in the royal family.
The news that Prince Andrew could no longer act as a royal representative would have been delivered at last. The Duke of York had a sit-down with his brother, King Charles, to lay out the repercussions of the rumours of sexual abuse that had been floating around about the prince.
Jeffrey Epstein, who was to stand trial for child sex trafficking but committed suicide in prison, was a friend of the son of Queen Elizabeth II, who was dethroned earlier this year.
Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit against the Duke of York, alleging that he mistreated her as a child during a series of meetings planned by the late billionaire Epstein.
To spare Prince Andrew and Prince Harry the humiliation of having to step in for King Charles, the list of senior royals authorised to do so has been expanded.
The King wrote, “To ensure continued efficiency of public business when I’m unavailable, such as while I’m undertaking official duties overseas, I confirm that I would be most content should Parliament see fit for the number of people who may be called upon to act as Counsellors of State under the terms of the Regency acts 1937 to 1963 to be increased to include my sister and brother, the Princess Royal, and the Earl of Wessex.”
Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prince William, the Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex, and Princess Beatrice are the current counsellors.