Prince Andrew's work to place the Jeffrey Epstein scandal on the rear of him might maybe have in its place accomplished him irreparable damage. Standard Chartered (SCBFF) bank and the charitable arm of United States tech company Salesforce (CRM) are the latest in a series of companies to distance themselves from the Duke of York.
In a statement issued by the prince's office Wednesday, Andrew said that he had asked his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, if he could step back from his public duties for the "foreseeable future" and that she had consented.
"I continue to unequivocally regret my misjudged association with Jeffrey Epstein", he continued.
Andrew said Epstein's suicide left many unanswered questions. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.
Andrew now says he is willing to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies that would like to question him about his association with Epstein. Prince Andrew denies it.
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Like most senior clients of the royal family members, Andrew was patron for charities and different civic endeavors, lending his identify and the backing of the monarchy to the wonderful performs of all vogue of institutions.
The interview centered on whether he had had sex with Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein.
Speaking to BBC's Newsnight programme, the prince claimed he was in Pizza Express on a night he is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Most recently the Duke cancelled a trip to visit flood-stricken areas in the United Kingdom after his televised interview on the BBC reportedly affected his business and charity ties.
Critics said Andrew came across as insensitive and arrogant - particularly in an era in which social media has made even the rich and the powerful seem more accessible. The most notable case occurred with Queen Elizabeth's uncle, Edward VIII, who was king and on the throne when he abdicated in order to be with the woman he loved - a divorcee, which was not allowed at the time.
The queen did not comment on her son's decision.