Serious questions to be answered about Prince Andrew: Corbyn

Brenda Watkins
November 20, 2019

"Her position is very clear: Prince Andrew did nothing wrong", she said of the accusations Andrew again denied during his ill-fated interview with the BBC.

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, denies an allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by his friend Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a United States prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

In his Newsnight interview, broadcast on Sunday, the Queen's third child said he still did not regret his friendship with United States financier Epstein - who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in the US.

The scandal has escalated since Andrew's rambling denials and explanations in a disastrous TV interview aired on Saturday left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein's victims drew widespread condemnation.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were asked about whether Prince Andrew was "fit for purpose" during their head-to-head debate on ITV on Tuesday evening.

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When the presenter followed up by asking whether Prince Andrew was fit for objective, Corbyn said: "There are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law". His Conservative opponent insisted that "the institution of the monarchy is beyond reproach", but stressed that "all his sympathies" were with the girls and women abused by Epstein and his cohorts.

Three Australian universities have severed ties with a charity founded by Britain's Prince Andrew.

Pitch @ Palace did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

RMIT did not elaborate on why it reached its decision, but a spokesperson said the university's involvement with the program had ended.

He also said that the British monarchy "needs a bit of improvement".

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