Published: Wed, November 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Prince Andrew to step down from public duties

Prince Andrew to step down from public duties

BT has said it will not work with a skills training firm while the Duke of York remains its patron as the fallout from his BBC interview continues.

The British royal has been engulfed in a growing scandal since he gave a TV interview on Saturday to discuss his friendship with Epstein, who killed himself in a US prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Two Australian universities severed ties with a charity founded by Prince Andrew Wednesday, after the British royal refused to recant his friendship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

"I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein", Andrew said.

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In the statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew said the scrutiny had become a "major disruption" to the work of the royal family and the charities associated with him. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure".

One of Epstein's victims, Virginia Giuffre, said the disgraced financier forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew at a London apartment in 2001 when she was 17. In his BBC interview, Andrew denied having sex with a teenage girl, adding, "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever".

"In light of recent developments we are reviewing our relationship with the organisation and hope that we might be able to work further with them, in the event of a change in their patronage". His apparent lack of compassion for Epstein's victims also drew widespread condemnation.

Asked if Andrew was "fit for goal", Corbyn argued that focus should be put on helping Jeffrey Epstein's victims, adding that there are "very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law".

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