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Prince Andrew’s statement in full as he announces he is to step back as a working royal



The Duke of York has released a statement announcing that he is to step back from all public duties for the foreseeable future.

Prince Andrew’s decision comes in a week where he has received heavy criticism surrounding an interview he gave to BBC Newsnight.

Prince Andrew’s statement in full:

“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.

“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 sympathise 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.”