Prince Andrew's Daughters Beatrice and Eugenie Will Have to Step Back from Public Duties As Well, Says Former Royal Reporter

Prince Andrew's daughters will have to take a step back from their public duties as well as their father, the BBC's former royal correspondent has claimed.

The Duke of York quit his life as a working royal on Wednesday over his ties to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell earlier this year.

In a statement, Andrew said he would step down from public for the "foreseeable future" following an interview with BBC's Newsnight that was heavily criticized.

Following the announcement, the BBC's former royal correspondent Peter Hunt remarked that "Andrew's humiliation is complete"—but he also suggested that Andrew's daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will also have to take a step back from their royal duties.

Andrew’s humiliation is complete. No more Cenotaph, Trooping the Colour or appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony. He won’t have embraced his fallen destiny. He’ll have clung to the balustrades. While the Queen handed him his P45, it will have been filled in by Charles.

— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) November 21, 2019

"Andrew has left the public stage – a stage he was born to occupy. We will continue to pay for his bodyguards. In private – perhaps going to church at Windsor – we will see him with the Queen. A deliberate sign of a mother supporting her son," Hunt wrote in a series of tweets on Thursday morning.

"Andrew's daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie will now have to focus exclusively on their non-royal day jobs. Their father can no longer champion their part-time royal roles."

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Newsweek: "Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are not working members of the Royal Family."

Beatrice is the vice president of partnerships and strategy at software company Afiniti. She is expected to marry in the spring of 2020. Her younger sister Eugenie is a director at modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Hunt also suggested that Andrew's fate would have been decided by his mother, the Queen, and his brother, Prince Charles, after her "error in judgement" in allowing Andrew to do the interview with Newsnight, which aired on Saturday.

"Andrew's humiliation is complete. No more Cenotaph, Trooping the Colour or appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony. He won't have embraced his fallen destiny. He'll have clung to the balustrades. While the Queen handed him his P45, it will have been filled in by Charles," Hunt wrote.

"After her error of judgement when she let Andrew do the interview, the palace are keen to show a decisive Queen. But it's Charles and his people who are increasingly pulling the strings."

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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. Karwai Tang/WireImage

Hunt added that while Buckingham Palace may think it can move on from the Epstein scandal, the matter "will remain toxic for some time for Andrew."

"For Buckingham Palace the narrative now is – job done, nothing to see here, move on. But not so fast," Hunt wrote. "Epstein will remain toxic for some time for Andrew. What does he know – that we don't know – that is yet to emerge? There's a BBC Panorama waiting in the wings."

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that Prince Andrew will continue to appear in ceremonies and will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during royal events.

"The Duke of York remains a member of the Royal Family," the spokeswoman told Newsweek. "As a Royal Colonel and a war veteran he will take part in ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday, and will be seen on the balcony at Royal events."

In a statement on Wednesday, Prince Andrew said he continues to "unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein." He added: "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.

"Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission."

Andrew added that he would be willing to help any law enforcement agency with any investigations related to Epstein. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," he said. "I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives."

Andrew discussed his friendship with Epstein for the first time as well as the allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl Epstein had groomed in the interview with Newsnight.

After it aired, he faced a backlash over the lack of remorse he showed for his friendship with Epstein, telling interviewer Emily Maitlis that the friendship had some "seriously beneficial outcomes."

Andrew also said that he had no recollection of ever meeting Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew on numerous occasions. Andrew has denied having any form of sexual contact with her.

"I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened," he said. "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

A medical examiner ruled Epstein had taken his own life after he was found dead in his jail cell in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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