Following an ill-advised interview focusing on his even more ill-advised friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew is taking a break from public life.
In a statement released on November 20th, the second son of Queen Elizabeth announced that he will “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future.”
Though the Duke of York claims he asked himself to step down, his assertion 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” suggest he may have received some amount of private pressure.
The Prince came under fire for his association with Epstein following the Project Veritas leak that suggested the Royal family had something to do with ABC’s decision to kill an interview with an alleged Epstein victim.
You can read his whole statement here: https://www.royal.uk/statement-his-royal-highness-duke-york?fbclid=IwAR3P6OO6zRLZpW1yCFyrNaO5rST2H-cEOBPCmZx01B8CexaNJA7qw0AURRQ