Prince Andrew to miss Remembrance Day service and ‘may never appear again’
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Prince Andrew will not attend this year's Remembrance Day services with sources claiming it is "unlikely" he will ever make an appearance again after the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Royal aides are said to have been "agonising" over how to handle the situation.
Plans for a stripped-back service at the Cenotaph this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, are said to have given them an excuse not to include the beleaguered prince in the traditional royal line-up for the annual event on November 8.
They reportedly say that unless matters regarding his ongoing battle with the US authorities over the Epstein case change dramatically, the royal may never be seen at the event in an official capacity again.
Buckingham Palace is in the process of finalising the event but, subject to receiving appropriate advice, the Queen will again oversee the commemorations from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth building overlooking the Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall.
The 94-year-old's heir, Prince Charles, will lay a wreath on her behalf. She handed over this duty to him in 2017 due to her age.
Other members of the family who normally attend the event will likely lead remembrances elsewhere due to social distancing rules.
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Buckingham Palace announced that under pressure Andrew would be stepping back from royal duties for the "foreseeable future" in November following his disastrous attempts to clear his name over his friendship with the paedophile Epstein in a car crash BBC Newsnight interview.
But officials said Prince Andrew, 60, would still attend key events such as Remembrance Day as a royal colonel and military veteran, having served in the Royal Navy.
He served his country during the Falklands War.
A source told DailyMail: "There has been behind-the-scenes agonising over the Cenotaph issue because of the Duke's history of service, but matters have now been taken out of everyone's hands.
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"Her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales will lead the nation's tributes in a pared-down event.
"However, unless matters change dramatically, no one believes we will ever see the Duke of York in the royal line-up on Remembrance Sunday again."
Prince Andrew's friendship with child abuser Epstein, who killed himself in jail in August 2019, has long been under the microscope.
Now authorities in the US want the royal to cooperate in their investigation into Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of playing a role in the "sexual exploitation" of underage girls.
She is due to go on trial in July 2021 charged with a string of federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.
Prince Andrew denies seeing anything that made him suspect Epstein's criminal history.
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