The 59-year-old royal will likely retain his title as the Duke of York and keep his place in the line of succession to the throne, which is currently eighth behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s 6-month-old son, Archie.
It is believed that Prince Andrew’s decision to remove himself from public duties as a member of the royal family is an attempt to dampen public interest in his alleged involvement in the Epstein case. However, it hasn’t stopped several organisations once associated with the duke severing all ties.
Prince Andrew currently resides at the Royal Lodge in Windsor and will continue to live there. The property was previously the private residence of the Queen Mother for over 70 years, before being gifted to Prince Andrew in 2003 by the Queen.
It is also believed that while it is unclear what will happen to the duke’s income, given he is no longer a working royal, he is likely to still receive an allowance from the Queen.
Since the interview aired on Saturday night in the U.K., the Queen’s second son has been widely criticised for not showing empathy for the victims of Epstein — who died by suicide in jail in New York City in August while awaiting trial on multiple sex charges — and for his decision to stay with at the financier’s New York home in December 2010, mere months after Epstein had served 13 months of an 18 month sentence for procuring a minor for prostitution.
Prince Andrew also denied ever having met Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with the royal three times when she was 17-years-old.