We’re barely a sliver of the way into the year, but 2020 is already shaping up to be one for the history books for the British royal family.
At the top of the year following their six-week hiatus from the spotlight of royal life — Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry resigned from their roles as working royals.
Immediately, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William went into crisis mode — trying to determine how they could help the Sussexes transition away from royal life as swiftly as possible.
Now that the senior royals and Archie Harrison’s mom and dad have come to an agreement, the royals have another crisis on their hands.
Prince Andrew stepped away from royal life in November 2019 when more details surrounding his relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein surfaced.
However, just because the Duke of York has disappeared from the spotlight doesn’t mean people have forgotten about his scandalous past.
Prince Andrew first connected with American financier Jeffrey Epstein in 1999. The men remained really close even after Epstein was charged and imprisoned for solicitation of a minor for sex.
Epstein was arrested again in the summer of 2019. However, after he committed suicide in prison, royal fans began to question Prince Andrew’s relationship with Epstein. Things got even worse when one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, accused the prince of sexual abuse.
In an effort to clear his name, Prince Andrew released several statements. However, a November 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight proved to be disastrous.
In the interview, the prince boasted that he did not regret his friendship with Epstein. The fallout was so massive that Queen Elizabeth’s favorite son has since stepped away from royal life.
“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 on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said in a statement.
“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”