Prince Andrew Takes a Step Back from Royal and Public Duties

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The Duke of York, Prince Andrew’s appeal to step back from royal and public duties was granted by the Queen. Prince Andrew noted that there has been disruption to his family’s work and valuable work going in many organisation after the interview with BBC in Buckingham palace that aired Saturday.

Prince Andrew’s statement is contained in a statement released by the Buckingham place on Wednesday.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in many organisation and charities that  I am proud to support.

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

“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigation, if required.”

Prince Andrew emphatically denied on the Saturday tape that he slept with one of Epstein’s alleged sex slave, Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was 17. Virginia Giuffre claimed in court that she was compelled to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, in New York, the U.S. Virgin Island and in London starting when she was 17.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” Andrew told BBC reporter Emily Maitlis.


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