HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York on July 11, 2019 in Harrogate, England.
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Britain’s Prince Andrew said Wednesday he will “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future” because of the continuing controversy over his past friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew also said that is is “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations” of Epstein, “if needed.”
The Duke of York said he had asked for permission from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to withdraw from public duties, “and she has given her permission.”
Elizabeth on Wednesday also marked the 72nd anniversary of her marriage to Prince Philip, the Duke of Endinburgh.
The announcement came days after Andrew gave a disastrous interview with the BBC about Epstein in which he denied having sex with one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, years ago.
Andrew’s claims that he was incapable of sweating, as Giuffre described him doing when they were dancing at a night club, and his explanation for why he stayed at Epstein’s house in New York City for four days in 2010 during a visit to end their friendship, were widely mocked.
Epstein, 66, died in a Manhattan jail in August while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges. Authorities have ruled his death was the result of a suicide by hanging.
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