Prince Andrew Steps Back From Public Duties Over Ties To Jeffrey Epstein

Nellie Chapman
November 21, 2019

Prince Andrew tried to further distance himself from Epstein in a BBC interview over the weekend, which has been described as "disastrous" and "noxious" by multiple outlets.

While Andrew had clearly hoped that the interview would end the controversy surrounding him and Epstein, it has only served to stoke it. Standard Chartered (SCBFF) bank and the charitable arm of USA tech company Salesforce (CRM) are the latest in a series of companies to distance themselves from the Duke of York.

Andrew announced Wednesday that he was pulling out of public duties "for the foreseeable future" amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein.

Epstein's suicide "has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure", Andrew said.

"I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives", he says.

The conclusion of a senior royal to step absent from his royal duties is extremely unusual and demonstrates the diploma to which charities and educational institutions skilled been questioning their associations with him in current days. While Andrew has repeatedly stated he regrets any association with Jeffrey, he has also consistently denied all claims of wrongdoing.

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In the wake of the interview, some charities and universities that he has worked with as a patron have said they were reviewing their association with the prince.

Andrew has been severely criticized for his performance within the television job interview during which he unsuccessful to categorical concern for Epstein's victims, a number of of whom have been underage and have been being victims of trafficking and pressured to have intercourse with spectacular buddies of the billionaire. He was 17 years old and legally under age at that time.

Most recently the Duke cancelled a trip to visit flood-stricken areas in the United Kingdom after his televised interview on the BBC reportedly affected his business and charity ties. The queen's father George VI succeeded Edward.

The queen did not comment on her son's decision during an appearance Wednesday night.

"Is he insisting that he be served with a subpoena to testify, or is he willing to speak to law enforcement without being legally required to do so?" she asked on the BBC.

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