The scandal around Prince Andrew has finally reached a boiling point. In the wake of the Duke of York’s sit-down interview with BBC’s Newsnight, public sentiment toward Andrew has continued to sour.
The explosive interview saw the prince downplaying his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. He also seemed to lack sympathy for Epstein’s victims, who didn’t get to see justice because of Epstein’s mysterious jail cell death in August. Andrew also denied the allegation that he had sex with a then-17-year-old Virginia Roberts, whom Epstein introduced him to. Since the interview, many charities and organizations have distanced themselves from Andrew.
Prince Andrew has issued a statement via Buckingham Palace announcing that he will step away from his royal duties. “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” stated the duke.
“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission,” he continued.
“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,” he noted. “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 investigations, if required.”
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