Queen Gives Prince Andrew the OK to 'Step Back'

One of the Duke of York's 'alibis' involved dining at Pizza Express in Woking

One of the Duke of York's 'alibis' involved dining at Pizza Express in Woking Credit Blower

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.

The royal family and Prince Andrew have denied involvement in any crime and have denied having knowledge of the crimes committed by Epstein.

A scheme for entrepreneurs founded by Prince Andrew has taken down the logos of its corporate sponsors from its website, as firms and charities distance themselves from the British royal over a sex scandal.

She said the decision was inevitable and had probably averted a crisis, but the monarchy was going through very hard times. "It was an open goal - he didn't grasp it, and I think he sees that now".

The decision of a senior royal to step away from his royal duties is extremely unusual and reflects the degree to which charities and educational institutions had been questioning their associations with him in recent days.

In his latest statement he said he would be willing to face questions from United States law enforcement over any investigation into Epstein.

The prince said he had sought and received his mother's permission to step back from royal duties.

Prince Andrew, left, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who was found dead in his NY prison cell earlier this year.

Andrew now says he is willing to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies that would like to question him about his association with Epstein.

"However, in light of recent developments, we are reviewing our relationship with the organisation and hope that we might be able to work further with them, in the event of a change in their patronage".

His announcement comes as the fall-out from his BBC Newsnight interview continues.

Andrew told interviewer Emily Maitlis that he met Epstein through Epstein's girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who Andrew met at university, in 1999.

Ms Giuffre said the same alleged sexual liaison began with the duke sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp.

But the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

AstraZeneca's three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace is due to expire at the end of this year and is being reviewed, and Outward Bound Trust, of which Andrew is patron, is to hold a board meeting to discuss the matter.

Andrew was due to visit the flood-hit towns of Fishlake and Stainforth, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire to offer his support and thanks to the emergency services, but he was forced to cancel his engagements on Tuesday.

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