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Prince Andrew’s daughter’s Princess Beatrice and Eugene vow to stand by their father during ongoing Epstein scandal

THE daughters of disgraced Prince Andrew have vowed to stand by their dad amid the spiralling Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Princesses Beatrice, 31, and Eugenie, 29, are reportedly “deeply distressed” after their under-fire father was forced to quit his royal duties.

But insiders say the loyal duchesses have backed Andrew and promised to "keep calm and carry on".

The princesses - who are not working royals and have days jobs - have been "extremely resolute" in supporting their dad, according to The Mirror.

A friend of Beatrice and Eugenie said: “They have both been extremely resolute and told Andrew they will support him in any way they can.

“They have their passions and causes which they successfully manage, but are two ambitious women who can stand on their own.

“It’s been very much a case of keep calm and carry on for them both.

“They are close to cousins William and Harry and are adored by the Queen, who all will continue to advise them on their futures.

“They are close to cousins William and Harry and are adored by the Queen, who all will continue to advise them on their futures.”

A source has also said that the sisters’ mum, Sarah Ferguson, will be concerned about “how his resignation impacts their children’s future”.

The unnamed source told The Daily Beast that Beatrice and Eugenie are understood to be “deeply distressed” about their dad, who resigned after the fall-out over his association with the disgraced US financier and convicted paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew has also been forced to move his office from Buckingham Palace, just days after he was sacked from Royal duties.

The Queen, who was seen riding horses with her son today, has given the nod to have him booted from the palace.

According to The Times, The Duke of York was told that he would have to clear his staff and find a new office to continue his work elsewhere.

This comes as Prince Andrew has stepped down for the "foreseeable future" after facing mounting pressure over claims he bedded a 17-year-old and for his friendship with ­billionaire US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

He will conduct no royal or public duties and will step back from all patronages.

In the wake of the BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis a number of  charities and other organisations have cut ties with Andrew.

In a recent bombshell, his former private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, will take over his role as chief executive at [email protected] - the duke's Dragon's Den inspired scheme for entrepreneurs.

He has also pledged to co-operate with authorities investigating Epstein, opening him up to serious criminal risk.

And this morning's horse ride comes after the Queen summoned her 59-year-old son to Buckingham Palace to tell him of her decision.

A friend of Andrew told The Sun: “It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters.

"It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced.”

Prince Andrew will no longer receive his £249,000 Sovereign Grant allowance because that funds expenses for his official duties, such as travel.

But he will receive his income from the Queen’s private funds.

Her Majesty, 93, was seen at a function just 24 minutes after the Palace released the Prince Andrew’s bombshell statement on stepping down on Wednesday.

It followed days of media scrutiny after his attempts to defend himself in Saturday’s disastrous Newsnight interview were derided.


A royal source said: “The Queen was privately very disappointed with Prince Andrew, despite the public efforts to rally round.

“It’s wrong to think that she just accepted his version of events, that the interview had gone well and there was nothing to worry about.

“She saw the fallout and was very unhappy. She has spent her whole life protecting the monarchy and in just one week her son’s actions threatened to tear it apart.

"Something had to be done to draw a line under all of this.”

The Sun earlier revealed how Prince Charles, 71, held crisis talks on the phone from New Zealand with his younger brother.

Charles made it clear his brother must step down from royal duties.

It comes as the Duke of York was ditched by charities after the disastrous BBC interview that saw him widely criticised for not showing enough sympathy for the victims of Epstein.

Sarah Ferguson arrives at Buckingham Palace on the day Prince Andrew is stripped of his royal duties

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