Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Prince Andrew steps down from public duties

Prince Andrew steps down from public duties

The broadcaster, who said he would have "loved to have interviewed" Prince Andrew amid the Epstein scandal, added: 'They come into it so arrogantly, thinking "No, no, no, were above this and we're above scrutiny".

Epstein took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell in August as he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The 59-year-old prince said during the BBC interview that he could not have had a sexual encounter with Giuffre on one occasion because he recalled having been at home that night after he and one of his daughters went to a Pizza Express restaurant in the United Kingdom earlier in the day.

As corporate sponsors rushed to sever ties with charities and organizations linked to Andrew, questions also arose about how the royal maintained a billionaire Lothario lifestyle on his $321,000 annual allowance from the Queen and a naval pension worth $25,000 a year.

He has been under fire over an allegation that he had sex with a teenage girl.

US attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of the women abused by Epstein, said Thursday that Andrew should contact American authorities "without conditions and without delay".

Andrew now says he is willing to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies that would like to question him about his association with Epstein.

It is not clear if US authorities are investigating Andrew for any possible wrongdoing.

On the night Giuffre claims that the incident happened, the prince says he was at a children's party at a pizza restaurant.

They include that he had stayed at the residence of Britain's consul-general to NY on one of the three occasions when he had allegedly had sex with his accuser.

"There is no reason why the Federal Bureau of Investigation or indeed the lawyers for Virginia Roberts (Giuffre's name before she was married) couldn't come to the United Kingdom to take his evidence".

Asked about Giuffre's accusations, Prince Andrew told BBC's Maitlis, "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever".

"There are much better witnesses", he said.

"I saw things but I didn't see the truth, like I had no idea what was really going on".

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He also said he didn't regret his relationship with Epstein because it opened up new opportunities for him.

Royal Portrush Golf Club has said it will review its relationship with patron Prince Andrew amid growing concerns over his relationship with disgraced United States financier Jeffrey Epstein.

At the time, Epstein had already been convicted of sex crimes in Florida.

But the prince notably failed to express any sympathy for Epstein's victims.

British legal experts, meanwhile, are divided over whether the prince enjoys immunity from prosecution as a senior member of the Royal Family.

Sarah Ferguson shared several photos of Prince Andrew on Instagram in support of his Newsnight interview.

His older brother, Prince Charles, is heir to the throne, but Andrew is eighth in line, after Charles' sons and grandchildren.

She said: "Prince Andrew should do everything he can. and if he has information that could help with that, he should do that".

"Clearly this has to take a legal route, some sort of consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or somebody in an attempt to clear his name", Little said.

He said: "The people of Killyleagh at the time were very proud of the links and no one has said anything to me since this started".

The scandal has only escalated since Andrew's rambling explanations left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein's victims drew widespread condemnation.

On Wednesday, Standard Chartered, Aon and multiple Australian universities also headed for the exit while telecommunications giant BT confirmed to the Guardian that it would not work with the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) unless Andrew was removed as patron.

"This whole episode shows why the monarchy is not fit for objective", said Graham Smith, the leader of Republic. "We need a democratic alternative to the monarchy sooner rather than later".

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