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Looks Like Buckingham Palace Just Told Andrew to Scram

Report says prince has been booted from his private office there, with the queen's OK
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2019 8:00 AM CST
In this April 13, 2015, file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew visits the AkzoNobel Decorative Paints facility in Slough, England.   (David Parker/Pool Photo via AP, File)

(Newser) – More fallout is raining down upon Prince Andrew after his "train wreck" of an interview with the BBC last week. As businesses distance themselves from the prince and he pulls back from public duties after revealing details on his friendship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew has just been hit with a new repercussion: He's been kicked out of his private office in Buckingham Palace, with Queen Elizabeth's authorization, the Times of London reports, via CNBC. The Times calls news of Andrew's eviction—which came out just hours after it was announced the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra would also part ways with him as its royal patron—the "latest humiliation" for the 59-year-old prince.

It looks like Andrew won't be twiddling his thumbs, however. The palace confirmed Friday to the Guardian he'll still be working on Pitch@Palace, which he founded to "provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs," the firm's site notes. "The Duke will continue to work on Pitch and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of Buckingham Palace," a spokesman said. "We recognize there will be a period of time while this transition takes place." Who'll reportedly be managing Pitch: Amanda Thirske, the prince's private secretary who's said to have convinced Andrew to do the ill-fated BBC interview and who's now reportedly leaving her current position at the palace. Meanwhile, the prince was spotted riding horses with his mother on Friday—what one royals expert tells the Guardian was "an apparent show of support" for Andrew. (Read more Prince Andrew stories.)

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