It looks as though Prince Andrew's indefinite retirement from official duties will upgrade to a permanent one.

The Duke of York first stepped back from his royal duties "for the foreseeable future" in November 2019, after the revelation of his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein - and a disastrous attempt at defending himself in a BBC interview.

But now, reports say that the royal family has no intention to lift what was thought to be a temporary absence for Prince Andrew.

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Prince Andrew scandal leads to definite retirement

The Sunday Times reported that the royal family has "no plans to review" Prince Andrew's retirement. "The prince hoped his status change would be temporary, but those hopes have disappeared."

His controversies, which have only intensified since he stepped down in November, have associated him with a "toxic" air, the report added.

The news also comes just days after the debut of Netflix's investigative docuseries, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which renewed attention to allegations of sexual abuse made by Virginia Roberts against Prince Andrew. But it's unclear if there's any connection between this press and the royal family's decision.

Moreover, Andrew has made headlines in recent weeks surrounding a debt on his and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson's ski chalet in Switzerland.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew at Hillington in Sandringham, 2020

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Is the royal family still supporting Prince Andrew?

Prince Andrew is the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. And although he's received public support from the monarch and his immediate family throughout the scandal, Prince Andrew appears unlikely to ever again represent the royal family in any official capacity.