Prince Andrew to step down from public duties

Brenda Watkins
November 21, 2019

Britain's Prince Andrew said on Wednesday he was stepping down from public duties for the foreseeable future after being engulfed in a scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew said he "deeply sympathizes" with Epstein's victims, many of whom were underage victims of trafficking. Just recently, Prince Andrew spoke up about the matter and broke his silence regarding the issue.

"Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the forseeable future, and she has given her permission".

Andrew said Epstein's suicide left many unanswered questions.

Andrew expressed regret for staying at Epstein's home in NY in 2010 after the 66 year old was released from prison for soliciting soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

Andrew said he did not regret his friendship with the late financier, who he said taught him about trade and business.

Prince Andrew stepped down from his public duties following his controversial interview with Newsnight about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

"Bond University, Murdoch University and RMIT University in Melbourne said they would no longer work with "[email protected]" - a charity founded by the Duke of York to promote entrepreneurship.

The interview has drawn widespread criticism in the media, where many have said his explanations were unsatisfactory, while lawyers for Epstein's victims said the prince showed little sympathy for those abused.

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The 2011 letter was published after the Times reported on the existence of a photo of the prince with 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre, then known as Roberts, who would later testify that she had been forced to have sex with him.

"However, in light of recent developments we are reviewing our relationship with the organization and hope that we might be able to work further with them, in the event of a change in their patronage", the spokesperson stated. Though Andrew categorically denied the claims, his answers prompted much scorn.

The announcement that he was leaving his public role, at least for a time, recalled memories of the historic decision by King Edward VIII to abdicate in 1936 so that he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

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".

He also said that on the night he was alleged to have met her he was at home with his family after visiting a Pizza Express restaurant in the commuter town of Woking with his daughter Beatrice.

"I think it will be a great sadness for the queen", she said of Elizabeth, the 93-year-old monarch.

"However, in the current circumstances we have decided that our efforts in this area are best served through other means".

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