Prince Andrew Is Stepping Back From Royal Duties Over His Association with Jeffrey Epstein
Following enormous public criticism of Prince Andrew's recent Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the Queen's son is voluntarily resigning from his royal duties.
In a personal statement released this afternoon, the Duke of York says that he has asked for permission from the Queen to "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future," noting that his association with Epstein has become a "major disruption" not only for the royal family but also for the charities and organizations he supports.
Per the memo, the Queen "has given her permission," for Andrew to step back, but it's still unclear exactly how long "the foreseeable future" means. It's also unclear if he will continue to receive public funding during this time.
The statement offers sympathy to Epstein's victims, something Prince Andrew neglected to do during the television broadcast on Saturday, and says that he is willing to speak to law enforcement. He also says that he regrets his "ill-judged association" with Jeffrey Epstein. Previously, during his conversation with Maitlis, Andrew said he did not regret their friendship because, "the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn, either by him or because of him, were actually very useful."
Read the statement in full here:
"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have 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. 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."
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE:
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors