Prince Andrew said he unequivocally regrets his “ill-judged association” with Jeffrey Epstein, and he said that Epstein’s death—which he referred to as suicide—left many unanswered questions for his victims.
Prince Andrew has confirmed that he is stepping away from his royal duties, and he is claiming that it is because of his past ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York released a statement in which he 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 and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support.”
Prince Andrew was featured in an interview over the weekend in which he discussed his controversial relationship with Epstein. He denied all accusations that he is a sexual predator, or that he sexually abused Epstein’s underage sex slaves
One of the victims who has shared her story publicly, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said she was forced to have sex with Epstein on at least three separate occasions when she was a teenager, one of which was during an orgy involving multiple other underage girls on Epstein’s private island.
In his statement, Prince Andrew also said he unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Epstein, and he said that Epstein’s death, which he referred to as suicide, left many unanswered questions for his victims.
As reports have noted, the FBI is now looking into whether a criminal enterprise was responsible for Epstein’s death, as more and more questions have continued to surface from both his autopsy, and the circumstances surrounding the jail where he was being held.
For Prince Andrew to step back from his royal duties will not have any kind of massive impact on his country, but it does have an impact on the Royal Family publicly. For years, Andrew has tried to distance himself from Epstein, and to downplay their friendship. But the fact that he is not only speaking out, but also stepping down, is raising new questions about whether he could possibly be pursued with criminal charges for his role in the scandal.