Who Is the Queen's Son, Prince Andrew?

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

Even the most casual of royal watchers knows who the major players in the British monarchy are: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and his children, Prince Harry and Prince William (and Duchess Kate and the royal babies, of course).

But one step out of the spotlight are the rest of members of the Firm, as it's sometimes called, including the Queen's three other children: Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew.

Here's what you need to know about Elizabeth and Philip's third child.

He's the Queen's second son.

Prince Andrew was born on February 19, 1960. At the time of his birth, he was second in line to the throne, behind his older brother, Prince Charles, but before his older sister Princess Anne. Now, he's eighth in the order of succession, and following the arrival of baby Archie.

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Prince Andrew has recently made headlines for his association with Jeffrey Epstein.

A statement from Buckingham Palace released on August 18, 2019 states that the Queen's son is "appalled" by Epstein's alleged crimes.

It reads in full:

“The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

The statement comes after a 2010 video of Prince Andrew inside Epstein's New York City home was published by the Daily Mail. In the footage, the Duke of York can be seen waving to a woman from the door.

At the time when the video was reportedly recorded, Epstein was already a convicted sex offender, who had served 13 months in a Palm Beach county jail after pleading guilty to two prostitution-related charges.

He was previously married to Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (better known by most as Fergie) wed on July 23, 1986 at Westminster Abbey to much fanfare, but the relationship was not meant to last. They had two children together, Princess Beatrice (born in August of 1988) and Princess Eugenie (born in March of 1990), but eventually separated in 1992. Andrew and Fergie divorced in 1996, but remain very close.

As Princess Eugenie put it, "They are the best divorced couple I know."

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Given his single status, Prince Andrew often accompanies his mother at events when Prince Philip is not present.

Andrew currently holds the title of Duke of York, in addition to Prince.

As is tradition, Andrew was given a dukedom by the Queen on his wedding day.

He's now a full-time royal.

After two decades of serving in the Navy, Andrew now spends his time carrying out official engagements and representing the Queen and Great Britain abroad.

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