Published: Thu, November 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Prince Andrew to step back from public duties after ‘car crash’ interview

Prince Andrew to step back from public duties after ‘car crash’ interview

Prince Andrew said in a statement Wednesday that he would step back from public duties "for the foreseeable future" following a firestorm of criticism over his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew said in the statement that he "unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association" with Epstein.

Andrew said Epstein's suicide left many unanswered questions.

Andrew said in the statement he is "of course" willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with its investigation if required.

The duke, 59, had hoped that the interview, broadcast Saturday by the BBC, would put to rest lingering questions about his ties to Epstein, as well as accusations that he had sex with a teenage girl who had been supplied to him by his friend.

Epstein's victims have demanded that the prince answer questions from the USA authorities investigating the late financier to tell them what he knew.

In 2015, Andrew splurged on a $16 million chalet within the sought-after Swiss city of Verbier whereas additionally forking over $9 million to renovate Royal Lodge, his official residence in Berkshire, the UK Solar reported Wednesday. Prince Andrew denies it.

Ms Giuffre says Ms Maxwell directed her as a teenager to have sex with Prince Andrew, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

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Andrew's 2010 meeting with Epstein at the latter's home in NY had also caused a public furore.

On Aug. 10, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell, where he was awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.

He stated, "That's why I asked Her Majesty if I could step back from public duties in the near future, and she gave her permission". Following which, Andrew had to surrender as a trade envoy for the United Kingdom.

He said her account of meeting him sweating and dancing nearly two decades ago at a London nightclub before having sex with him could not be true, noting that he suffered from a medical condition that stopped him perspiring.

Since his retirement from royal duty in 2017, Prince Philip has made Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk his main base while the Queen continues with work in London.

Historian Judith Rowbotham of the University of Plymouth said there were "plenty" of parallels between the king's abdication and Andrew's decision to halt his royal role.

In recent days BT, one of Britain's oldest companies and its largest broadband Internet provider, said it was reviewing its relationship with iDEA, a program that helps develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. "Every morning I would set out her newspapers on her breakfast table, still happens to this day", Burrell said on "Loose Women".

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