Prince Andrew halts public duties over sex scandal

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Britain’s Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his “ill-judged” association with late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family’s work.

After a disastrous interview about his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he is quitting his public duties “for the foreseeable future.Essentially, the Duke of York will now go dark – as sponsors of some of the 200 charities he endorses had already begun to abandon him, concluding that he no longer casts a royal glow but controversial shade.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II said: “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.Andrew said, “I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.

The Duke of York’s statement began: “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 organisations and charities that I am proud to support.

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