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World Britain's Prince Andrew steps down from public duties

20:35  20 november  2019
20:35  20 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Prince Andrew says he let the Royal Family down in his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

  Prince Andrew says he let the Royal Family down in his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein He spoke to the BBC in an interview recorded Thursday at Buckingham Palace."That's the bit that… as it were, I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the Royal Family, and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and hat: FILE PHOTO: Royal Ascot© Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: Royal Ascot

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, denies an allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by his friend Epstein, the financier who killed himself in a U.S. prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The scandal has escalated since Andrew's rambling explanations in a disastrous TV interview aired on Saturday left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein's victims drew widespread condemnation.

In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Andrew said the scrutiny had become a "major disruption" to the work of the royal family and the charities associated with him.

"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 said.

"Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."

(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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