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Will stepping back silence critics?

Can a British royal prince be “canceled” in today’s modern cancel culture? Yes, he can, more or less, especially if he’s doing it himself and with Queen Elizabeth II’s approval.

Prince Andrew, 59, the queen’s second son, announced Wednesday he’s stepping away from his royal duties “for the foreseeable future” due to continuing controversy over his former friendship with convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Assuming this becomes permanent, it means Andrew is retiring from public life decades earlier than his father, Prince Philip, 98, who retired in 2017, tweeted longtime royal commentator Victoria Arbiter.

“Prince Andrew is ‘stepping down’ in response to a wave of self-induced scandal & poor choices but it’s extraordinary to think he’s effectively retiring from royal life 37 years before his father did,” Arbiter posted on Twitter.

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Prince Andrew in January 2015 prior to his speech to business leaders at World Economic Forum in Davos.

Will this be enough to quell the furies railing against Andrew in the wake of his car-wreck BBC interview in which he attempted to explain why he remained friends with Epstein long after Epstein pleaded guilty to sex crimes in Florida in 2008?

And will Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was forced by Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, be satisfied with Andrew’s disappearance from his public royal life? 


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