The astonished royal prince Andrew announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from public office "for the foreseeable future" in the wake of a "car accident" in an interview about his long-standing friendship with convicted pedophile Effefer Epstein.
"It has become clear to me in the last few days that the circumstances surrounding my former association with Effiefer Epstein have become a serious disruption to my family's work and the valuable work that is going on in many organizations and charities that I am proud to support," he said. Andrew in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
Faced with a wave of criticism, the Duke of York announced that he had asked for the queen's permission to "step down from public office for the foreseeable future" and went on to apologize to Epstein's victims.
"I continue to unequivocally regret my jealous association with Effrey Epstein," the prince said in a statement, while also offering law enforcement co-operation for the first time.
"His suicide left many unanswered questions, especially about his victims, and I deeply sympathize with all those who are affected and want some form of imprisonment," Andrew added.
The bomb statement comes after an unfortunate interview with the BBC on Saturday, where a British prince 59, bizarrely claiming a medical condition left him unable to "turn extremely weak" – a description leveled by the accused.
Andrew is accused of having sex with one of Epstein's underage "sex slaves" and continued dating the wealthy financier even after Epstein was convicted of having sex with a minor in 2008.
As corporate sponsors rushed to cut ties with Andrews charities and organizations, questions arose as to how the royal was keeping the billionaire Lotario's life on his $ 321,000 annual Queen's allowance and $ 25,000 nautical pension annually. .
In 2015, Andrew raided a $ 16m villa in the sought-after Swiss city of Verbier, while also shouting over $ 9m to renovate the Royal Home, his official Berkshire residence, the British Sun reported on Wednesday.
Since his divorce from Sarah Ferguson in 1996, the Prince has also repeatedly photographed himself enveloping luxury megacities with topless women and vacationing with doomed Libyan racers with guns and Saudi billionaires.
Seeking to explain his lavish lifestyle, the Sun report suggests that Andrew has benefited from his well-documented controversial friendships with tycoons and autocrats in corrupt countries such as Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Kazakhstan – using whatever influence he has to favor the dictators.
The royal faced special scrutiny over his friendship with the gas-rich billionaire leader of the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan, who is accused of rigging elections and torturing political opponents.
An 2014 Independent UK article called it "Air Mills Andy" and worried about his 11 meetings with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev over official business in the past decade.
Prince's attempts to distance himself from Epstein in a bizarre BBC interview were disastrous and, until Monday, companies such as KPMG's accounting center were bickering to end their collaboration with him – screaming for sponsorship of his Pitt Pitch entrepreneurship program. “.
On Wednesday, Standard Chartered, Aon and more Australian universities also made their way to the exit, while telecommunications giant BT reassured the Guardian that it would not work with the Inspired Digital Enterprise Award (IDEA) unless Andrew was removed as patron.
In private, the reaction has upset the two daughters of the Duke who have their own charities – one of which supports trafficking in women, Vanity Fair reported.
While the royal family was on a united front, Princess Eugenia was "very concerned" about how a scandal linking her father to a convicted pedophile would harm her Anti-slavery collective, according to the report.
Additional reporting by Lia Eustachechich and Amanda Woods