Epstein scandal: Prince Andrew steps back from royal duties

Grand Dole Duke Prince Andrew has announced his decision to withdraw from performing royal duties over his Jeffrey Epstein interview and offers to help the police investigate.

A statement from the Prince read: “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 organizations and charities that I am proud to support.

“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 sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

The extraordinary development comes after four days of outrage over the prince’s ill-advised interview with the BBC, which has already seen several sponsors and charities pull the plug on their connections to the royal.

During the “car crash” interview, Andrew denied he had sex with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in 2001 after going to Tramp nightclub in London, claiming he was at a Pizza Express in Working with his daughter Princess Beatrice.

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