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UK’s disgraced Prince Andrew faces uncertain role in future

Prince Andrew is scaling back travel and facing an uncertain future as he steps away from the royal role he has embraced during his entire adult life.

The 59-year-old prince has suffered numerous setbacks in the six days since the broadcast of a disastrous TV interview from Buckingham Palace. During that interview, he defended his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who died in a New York prison in August in what New York’s medical examiner ruled was a suicide.

The Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that the debacle demonstrates the need for “urgent reform” of the royal household. The paper urged Andrew’s older brother and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, to take steps to streamline and make the royal family “more modest.”

Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain’s Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities “without conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties “for the foreseeable future” amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve ParsonsPA via AP)

Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain’s Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities “without conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties “for the foreseeable future” amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve ParsonsPA via AP)

A combination photo of the front-pages of British newspapers on Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 headlining the scandal surrounding Britain's Prince Andrew. Lawyers for victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say Britain's Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately, after the prince withdrew from royal duties over what he called his "ill-judged association" with the convicted pedophile. (AP Photo)