Repercussions from Prince Andrew’s relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein keep on coming. Recently, Prince Charles has taken over another Royal Patronage from his brother, due to the scandal. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has welcomed the Prince of Wales as their “new patron.”
Prince Andrew and the Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal in November 2019, Prince Andrew admitted to flying on the disgraced financer’s plane. He also admitted in a BBC interview that he had spent time on Epstein’s private island. However, Andrew denied having intercourse with Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre) when she was just 17 years of age. In the furor that followed the interview, Andrew issued a statement, saying he was “stepping back” from royal duties.
At the time, Prince Andrew spoke in a statement about his former association with Jeffrey Epstein. He said it had become clear to him that this association had become a major disruption to his family’s work. It also affected the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that he was proud to support.
Prince Charles takes over Royal Patronage
In the second occurrence since the scandal erupted, Prince Charles has now taken over a Royal Patronage from his brother, Prince Andrew. He has become a royal patron of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, previously held by his brother.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra made a statement on Tuesday, April 27 about the patronage. In the statement, the orchestra said it was delighted to announce that the Prince of Wales has accepted an invitation to become the Orchestra’s Patron.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce HRH The Prince of Wales as our new patron, ahead of the 75th Anniversary Season this autumn.
Find out more: https://t.co/a8u3QkGBol
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— Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (@rpoonline) April 27, 2021
“The Prince of Wales has a life-long association with the Arts. During the pandemic His Royal Highness spoke about the importance of protecting the Arts, stressing their enormous importance to life in the UK and to the economy,” the statement continued. There was no mention of their previous Royal Patron, Prince Andrew in their statement.
Second Royal Patronage for the Prince of Wales
The patronage for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the second of its kind taken over by Prince Charles from Andrew. As noted by People, Charles, 72, quietly took over from his younger brother, 61, as the patron of York Minister Cathedral in November 2020. No official announcement was made at the time. However, the Royal Family’s official website quietly updated their list of patronages.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew recently spoke in public for the first time since the Jeffrey Epstein scandal erupted. He attended the funeral for his father, Prince Philip, earlier this month. At the funeral, the Duke of York said, “We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”
The Duke of York participated in Prince Philip’s April 17 funeral procession along with his brothers, sister, and other relatives. Prince Andrew was one of only 30 people allowed to attend the funeral.
Among the other royal attendees was Prince Harry, who is also currently in disgrace with the Royal Family. This follows the bombshell interview between himself, Meghan Markle, and Oprah Winfrey last month. Harry reportedly met with a frosty welcome at the sad event.