Hoàng tử Andrew 'sa thải' bởi Nữ hoàng và tước mức lương £ 249k

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Hoàng tử Andrew sẽ bay trên một thùng rác chính thức tới Bahrain trong 24 giờ tới trong một hành động thách thức sau khi được tiết lộ, Hoàng tử Charles đã nói với Nữ hoàng sa thải anh ta khỏi mọi nghĩa vụ của hoàng gia để cứu chế độ quân chủ.

Công tước xứ York sẽ bay tới Vịnh để cố gắng cứu tổ chức từ thiện Pitch @ Palace yêu quý của mình khi một loạt các doanh nghiệp lớn rút tài trợ của họ để tránh liên kết với anh ta sau cuộc phỏng vấn thảm khốc của BBC về Jeffrey Epstein và 'nô lệ tình dục' Virginia Roberts của anh ta .

Andrew sẽ là khách mời danh dự trong sự kiện theo phong cách Den của Dragons tại một khách sạn sang trọng ở Bahrain vào tối thứ Bảy và những người chiến thắng sẽ được mời đến dự tiệc tại Cung điện St James xông ở London vào tháng tới.

Các nhà phê bình đã đặt câu hỏi về thời gian của chuyến đi chỉ vài ngày sau khi anh ta nói rằng anh ta 'bước xuống' từ các nhiệm vụ công cộng vì 'tương lai gần'.

Và giữa những cảnh tượng phi thường hôm nay, Andrew mỉm cười và vẫy tay chào khi anh lái xe trong chiếc Bentley của mình để gặp lại Nữ hoàng vào buổi sáng sau khi cô rút anh khỏi nhiệm vụ hoàng gia. Vài giờ sau, ngay sau khi Hoàng thượng rời khỏi Lâu đài Windsor, Nữ công tước xứ York, đã đến Cung điện Buckingham để gặp chồng cũ.

Đây là một chương trình hỗ trợ công khai cho Andrew, người mà cô gọi là 'người khổng lồ thực sự của một người đàn ông nguyên tắc' trong tuần này, phá cửa sổ của Range Rover để chào cảnh sát vũ trang trước khi đi qua cổng.

Hôm nay, có vẻ như Hoàng tử xứ Wales đã hành động 'dứt khoát' để buộc em trai mình hôm qua đã gọi mẹ mình từ chuyến lưu diễn ở New Zealand kêu gọi bà cắt đứt Công tước xứ York đã trở nên 'ngày càng báo động', vụ bê bối đang nhấn chìm toàn bộ hoàng gia gia đình.

Bệ hạ đồng ý và sau đó triệu tập 'đứa con trai yêu thích' của mình để đưa ra tin xấu và nói với anh ta rằng anh ta sẽ mất 250.000 bảng tiền lương của người đóng thuế và sẽ chỉ xuất hiện trước công chúng trong các sự kiện gia đình.

Một nguồn tin hoàng gia cao cấp nói với Tiêu chuẩn buổi tối ngày nay Charles đã nói với mẹ của họ: 'Đây là về việc bảo vệ thể chế của chế độ quân chủ', thêm rằng 'hành động nhanh chóng' là bắt buộc.

Người trong cuộc nói thêm: 'Chỉ có thể có một kết luận, Công tước xứ York phải rút lui khỏi cuộc chiến và từ cuộc sống công cộng. Thật đáng buồn. Rõ ràng, cả Nữ hoàng và Hoàng tử (Charles) đều yêu Andrew – nhưng sức khỏe của chế độ quân chủ là quá quan trọng để mạo hiểm '.

Nữ hoàng rời Cung điện Buckingham vào chiều nay sau khi gặp Andrew và tiến hành đầu tư, hướng đến gặp Hoàng tử Philip tại Lâu đài Windsor. Vài phút sau Sarah, Nữ công tước xứ York đến cung điện để gặp Andrew

Nữ hoàng rời Cung điện Buckingham vào chiều nay sau khi gặp Andrew và tiến hành đầu tư, hướng đến gặp Hoàng tử Philip tại Lâu đài Windsor. Vài phút sau Sarah, Nữ công tước xứ York đến cung điện để gặp Andrew

Andrew trông có vẻ uể oải hơn khi anh rời chiếc xe thể thao Bentley Flying Spur trị giá 170.000 bảng của mình trong sân của Cung điện Buckingham vào chiều nay trước cuộc gặp với Nữ hoàng hôm nay khi Hoàng tử Charles bước vào và thúc giục mẹ của họ sa thải anh.

Andrew trông có vẻ uể oải hơn khi anh rời chiếc xe thể thao Bentley Flying Spur trị giá 170.000 bảng của mình trong sân của Cung điện Buckingham vào chiều nay trước cuộc gặp với Nữ hoàng hôm nay khi Hoàng tử Charles bước vào và thúc giục mẹ của họ sa thải anh.

Nữ hoàng nghiêm túc tại một sự kiện trao giải Chatham House ở London tối qua

Nữ hoàng nghiêm túc tại một sự kiện trao giải Chatham House ở London tối qua và đã nói chuyện với ông con trai Charles, người đang ở New Zealand (ảnh hôm nay)

Nữ hoàng nghiêm túc tại một sự kiện trao giải Chatham House ở London tối qua và đã nói chuyện với ông con trai Charles, người đang ở New Zealand (ảnh hôm nay)

Hoàng tử Andrew mỉm cười và vẫy tay khi rời khỏi Windsor sáng nay sau khi bị cấm thực hiện nghĩa vụ hoàng gia và bị tước một số đặc quyền

Hoàng tử Andrew mỉm cười và vẫy tay khi rời khỏi Windsor sáng nay sau khi bị cấm thực hiện nghĩa vụ hoàng gia và bị tước một số đặc quyền

Andrew đang chịu áp lực rất lớn khi nói chuyện với FBI - anh trai của anh, Hoàng tử Charles được cho là công cụ giúp anh từ chức

Andrew đang chịu áp lực rất lớn khi nói chuyện với FBI – anh trai của anh, Hoàng tử Charles được cho là công cụ giúp anh từ chức

Hoàng tử Andrew, người không phải lúc nào cũng mắt đối mặt với anh trai mình, đã trở lại Cung điện Buckingham hôm nay để gặp Nữ hoàng lần đầu tiên kể từ khi cô sa thải anh ta. Đó là công việc bình thường đối với quốc vương khi sau đó bà tổ chức một buổi lễ đầu tư.

FBI có thể buộc Andrew nói chuyện với họ về Epstein và 'người giúp đỡ' của anh ta không?

Hoàng tử Andrew đang được khuyến khích nói chuyện với FBI về các giao dịch của anh ta với Jeffrey Epstein bằng cách bay tới Mỹ để phỏng vấn chính thức.

Nếu ông từ chối Cung điện Buckingham được chuẩn bị để Công tước xứ York được cấp trát đòi hầu tòa để đưa ra bằng chứng ở Mỹ.

Hoàng tử Andrew được xem là nhân chứng chính cho các tội ác của Epstein – mặc dù hoàng gia phủ nhận anh ta đã từng chứng kiến ​​bất cứ điều gì không mong muốn.

Kể từ khi Epstein qua đời, cuộc điều tra của FBI đã chuyển sang những người giúp đỡ anh ta trong các tội ác tình dục kéo dài từ ba thập kỷ trở lên.

Ghislaine Maxwell, con gái của Robert Maxwell, bị nghi ngờ giúp đỡ nhà tài chính tìm thấy các cô gái nhưng cô đã phủ nhận mọi hành vi sai trái và chưa bao giờ bị bắt. Không biết cô ấy ở đâu.

Nếu Andrew từ chối đặt chân đến Mỹ, FBI có quyền yêu cầu một cuộc phỏng vấn ở London – nhưng anh ta sẽ phải đồng ý trước.

Bất kỳ nỗ lực nào để buộc vấn đề sẽ dẫn đến một hàng ngoại giao – và có lẽ là một cuộc chiến pháp lý cao cấp về việc công tước có miễn trừ hay không, điều mà anh ta và cung điện sẽ muốn tránh.

Luật sư cho các nạn nhân của Epstein nói rằng họ sẵn sàng trát hầu tòa anh ta nhưng phục vụ bất kỳ người nước ngoài nào, nói gì đến một hoàng gia được bảo vệ chặt chẽ, với các tài liệu nổi tiếng là khó khăn.

Charles và Andrew đã có một hàng cao cấp gần đây về việc liệu hai cô con gái của Công tước xứ Beatrice và Eugenie có nên tận hưởng những đặc quyền được trao cho con của Charles là William và Harry hay không – và bây giờ là vai trò và thu nhập công khai của chị em có khả năng gục ngã sau khi cha họ qua đời. Kế hoạch đám cưới của Beatrice cho năm tới cũng sẽ được triển khai và thậm chí có thể được thu nhỏ lại, đặc biệt là khi đám cưới của Eugenie năm ngoái khiến người nộp thuế Anh phải trả khoảng 2 triệu bảng Anh.

Công tước xứ York trang trọng đến chiều nay để thảo luận về tương lai của anh ấy và liệu anh ấy có thể tiếp tục sân từ thiện lấy cảm hứng từ Den của Dragons mà không có sự bảo trợ của hoàng gia – và rời khỏi cung điện – khi một loạt các doanh nghiệp lớn kéo tài trợ của họ đến tránh liên kết với anh ta

Outward Bound Trust cũng đã tuyên bố Andrew đã từ chức với tư cách là người bảo trợ của tổ chức – nhưng con gái của ông là Công chúa Beatrice sẽ vẫn là người được ủy thác.

Mặc dù cuộc sống công khai của ông đã kết thúc ở tuổi 59, công tước vẫn mỉm cười và vẫy tay chào khi rời khỏi ngôi nhà của ông ta, ân sủng và lái chiếc xe thể thao Bentley Flying Spur trị giá 170.000 bảng của ông để kêu gọi ông đưa ra bằng chứng cho FBI. đạt đến cơn sốt sân.

Công tước xứ York ngày nay đang được khuyến khích bay sang Mỹ để nói chuyện với các thám tử, với luật sư cho các nạn nhân của Jeffrey Epstein cảnh báo anh ta 'bất kỳ sự chậm trễ' nào phải dẫn đến các đặc vụ Hoa Kỳ tới London để phỏng vấn anh ta trước Giáng sinh.

Cung điện Buckingham được 'chuẩn bị' cho sự xuất hiện 'sắp xảy ra' của trát đòi hầu tòa triệu tập Andrew để đưa ra bằng chứng tuyên thệ ở Mỹ, theo Điện báo, nhưng lãnh đạo QC Baroness Helena Kennedy, nói nếu anh ta là khách hàng của cô, cô khuyên anh ta đừng bao giờ đi Mỹ nữa trong trường hợp anh ta bị bắt và không bao giờ có thể rời đi.

Luật sư Lisa Bloom, người đại diện cho năm 'nô lệ' của Epstein, muốn buộc anh ta đưa ra bằng chứng ở Mỹ – nhưng các công tố viên sẽ coi anh ta như một nhân chứng để truy tố 'người giúp đỡ' và đồng phạm của Epstein chứ không phải là nghi phạm hình sự.

Bà Bloom nói: 'Andrew và nhân viên của anh ta phải hợp tác với tất cả các cuộc điều tra, xuất hiện để lắng đọng và xét xử dân sự, và xuất trình tất cả các tài liệu. Không ai ở trên luật pháp và mọi người phải trả lời câu hỏi '.

Nữ hoàng đã có hành động quyết đoán chống lại đứa con trai thứ hai của mình đêm qua trong một nỗ lực tuyệt vọng để ngăn chặn sự sụp đổ từ cuộc phỏng vấn Newsnight thảm khốc của công tước về những năm tình bạn của anh ta với kẻ ấu dâm.

Kết quả là Andrew sẽ mất khoản thu nhập hàng năm trị giá 249.000 bảng từ Tài trợ có chủ quyền của người đóng thuế – nhưng sẽ giữ ngôi nhà duyên dáng của anh ta ở Windsor và tiền mặt vẫn sẽ đến từ bất động sản Duchy of Lancaster của mẹ anh ta, nguồn gốc của bà -million pound thu nhập tư nhân.

Công tước muốn nói chuyện với BBC nhưng anh ta bị Emily Maitlis xiên. Sự đánh giá sai lầm đã gây ra những ngày tiêu đề thảm khốc và khiến một loạt các doanh nghiệp và tổ chức từ thiện bỏ rơi anh ta, với các chuyên gia gọi đó là cuộc khủng hoảng lớn nhất để kìm hãm hoàng gia trong nhiều thập kỷ.

Chuyên gia hoàng gia Penny Junor nói: 'Tôi sẽ nghĩ Nữ hoàng thật kinh hoàng – đó là một năm thảm họa' và nhà viết tiểu sử Ingrid Seward, Tổng biên tập Tạp chí Majesty, nói: 'Tôi chưa bao giờ biết bất cứ điều gì như thế này trong ký ức sống '.

Andrew đã bị giam giữ vì màn trình diễn trên truyền hình của anh ấy vì thiếu sự tương phản với tình bạn của anh ấy với kẻ ấu dâm và anh ấy đã không thể hiện sự thông cảm với hàng chục phụ nữ Epstein bị buôn bán và lạm dụng trong ba thập kỷ.

Alibis của anh ta vì đã không quan hệ tình dục với Virginia Roberts ba lần, kể cả việc tham gia Woking's Pizza Express cũng bị công chúng chế giễu. Và bây giờ, ông tuyên bố rằng ông đã ở với tổng lãnh sự Anh tại New York khi bà Roberts nói rằng họ đã ngủ với nhau vào năm 2001 đã trở nên bất hòa với nhà ngoại giao trong câu hỏi, Sir Thomas Harris, người đã nói đêm qua: 'Tôi không nhớ ông ta ở lại với tôi '.

Khi Andrew được nghỉ hưu một cách hiệu quả bởi hoàng gia 59 tuổi, nó đã xuất hiện:

  • Andrew sẽ xuống hạng trong các sự kiện của gia đình hoàng gia – và có những nghi ngờ về tiền bạc và nghĩa vụ mà hai đứa con của anh, Beatrice và Eugenie sẽ nhận được;
  • Anh ta đã mất 249.000 bảng mỗi năm từ ví công khai – nhưng sẽ giữ lại thu nhập riêng từ Nữ hoàng và nhà của anh ta ở Công viên lớn Windsor;
  • Các luật sư cho các nạn nhân của Epstein kêu gọi Andrew ngồi lại với các đặc vụ FBI và trả lời phỏng vấn sâu theo lời thề 'không chậm trễ' với lời kêu gọi người Mỹ tới London để nói chuyện với anh ta nếu anh ta từ chối;
  • Hơn 20 công ty và tổ chức từ thiện lớn – bao gồm Barclays, KPMG và Ba lê quốc gia Anh – đã tránh xa Andrew và các sáng kiến ​​mà ông đã ủng hộ – nhưng ông từ chối từ bỏ vai trò chính thức của mình;
  • Những câu hỏi lớn xuất hiện trên alibis của anh ấy trong chuyến đi tới New York, trong đó nạn nhân của Jeffrey Epstein, Virginia Roberts tuyên bố họ đã quan hệ tình dục sau khi nhà ngoại giao phủ nhận hoàng gia ở lại với anh ta và một phụ tá tuyên bố Andrew được tự do và không được đi cùng trong buổi chiều đầu tiên của chuyến thăm năm 2001;
  • Một lá thư từ Cung điện Buckingham đưa ra nghi ngờ về những tuyên bố của Công tước xứ York về lần đầu tiên ông gặp ông trùm, người đã tự sát trong tù vào tháng 8;
Hôm nay, Nữ hoàng thường làm việc như thường lệ khi bà hiệp sĩ Sir Archibald Tunnock, chủ sở hữu nhà máy sản xuất bánh chè của Tunnock, trong một buổi lễ đầu tư tại Cung điện Buckingham

Hôm nay, Nữ hoàng thường làm việc như thường lệ khi bà hiệp sĩ Sir Archibald Tunnock, chủ sở hữu nhà máy sản xuất bánh chè của Tunnock, trong một buổi lễ đầu tư tại Cung điện Buckingham

Andrew được triệu tập đến Cung điện Buckingham để gặp mẹ của mình, Nữ hoàng hôm qua, người đã nói với ông rằng ông nên từ chức - nhưng cho phép ông phác thảo một tuyên bố bằng lời nói của mình

Andrew được triệu tập đến Cung điện Buckingham để gặp mẹ của mình, Nữ hoàng hôm qua, người đã nói với ông rằng ông nên từ chức – nhưng cho phép ông phác thảo một tuyên bố bằng lời nói của mình

Công chúa Beatrice phát hiện lần đầu tiên kể từ cuộc phỏng vấn Newsnight gây tranh cãi của cha Hoàng tử Andrew với vị hôn phu Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Công chúa Eugenie được nhìn thấy rời khỏi bữa tối từ thiện của gia đình voi ở London khi cha cô phải đối mặt với phản ứng dữ dội

Hai cô con gái của Hoàng tử Andrew, Công chúa Beatrice và Eugenie đã thể hiện những gương mặt dũng cảm đêm qua khi họ đối mặt với viễn cảnh cha mình lùi bước khỏi nhiệm vụ hoàng gia sẽ chấm dứt vai trò hoàng gia của chính họ

Charles và mẹ anh quyết định Công tước nên từ chức

Charles (hình với Andrew và các con của họ tại Nhà thờ St Paul năm 2012) đã nói chuyện với Nữ hoàng và quyết định Công tước xứ York nên từ chức. Hai anh em đã đụng độ trong quá khứ về vai trò hoàng gia của những đứa con của Andrew

Hoàng tử Andrew (ảnh trong cuộc phỏng vấn tai nạn xe hơi của ông với Emily Maitlis của BBC) đã được yêu cầu từ chức.

Hoàng tử Andrew (ảnh trong cuộc phỏng vấn tai nạn xe hơi của ông với Emily Maitlis của BBC) đã được yêu cầu từ chức.

Công tước bị buộc rời khỏi cuộc sống công khai sau những cuộc thảo luận kéo dài với người anh cả của mình, Hoàng tử xứ Wales, người đang lưu diễn ở New Zealand, và Nữ hoàng đã triệu tập Andrew đến Cung điện Buckingham và bảo ông từ chức nhưng cho phép ông soạn thảo tuyên bố của mình.

Cung điện Buckingham xác nhận Hoàng tử Andrew SILL tiếp tục làm việc trong dự án Pitch @ Palace của mình vì đây là một sáng kiến ​​riêng tư

Cung điện Buckingham hôm nay đã xác nhận rằng Hoàng tử Andrew sẽ tiếp tục làm việc với sáng kiến ​​của các doanh nhân công nghệ Pitch @ Palace vì đây là một liên doanh tư nhân.

Công tước xứ York đã phải đối mặt với một loạt các công ty và các tổ chức khác chấm dứt hoặc xem xét sự liên kết của họ với sáng kiến ​​sau cuộc phỏng vấn của BBC vào thứ Bảy.

Thông báo này được đưa ra sau khi Andrew nói rằng ông sẽ rút lui khỏi các nhiệm vụ công cộng vì 'tương lai có thể thấy trước', trong một động thái chưa từng có đối với một hoàng gia trong thời hiện đại.

Andrew đã đưa ra tuyên bố về vụ đánh bom đêm qua sau khi gây áp lực sau cuộc phỏng vấn về tình bạn của anh ta với tội phạm tình dục bị kết án Jeffrey Epstein.

Barclays nói rằng họ lo ngại về tình hình liên quan đến con trai 59 tuổi của Nữ hoàng và đang giữ mối liên hệ với Cung điện @ @ đang được xem xét.

Ngân hàng tập trung vào châu Á Standard Chartered đã gia nhập công ty kế toán KPMG khi quyết định không gia hạn tài trợ cho công ty Pitch @ Palace.

Kể từ khi rời khỏi vị trí đặc phái viên thương mại của Vương quốc Anh vào năm 2011, công tước đã xây dựng nên Pitch @ Palace, trong đó ông giúp đưa các doanh nhân sẽ liên lạc với các nhà đầu tư và cố vấn.

Một nguồn tin thân cận với Andrew nói với BBC News rằng ông sẽ tiếp tục tham gia vào sáng kiến ​​này, vốn không cung cấp bất kỳ khoản tài trợ nào cho các công ty khởi nghiệp. Nhưng với công tước rút ra chính cho các nhà đầu tư giàu có, tương lai của nó có vẻ không chắc chắn.

Ingrid Seward, tổng biên tập tạp chí Majesty, nói: 'Văn phòng của Andrew tại Cung điện Buckingham sẽ đi. Có rất nhiều thư ký của những người đã làm việc chăm chỉ trong nhiều năm.

'Ông là người bảo trợ của rất nhiều tổ chức từ thiện và có một lượng công việc đáng kể, nhưng tôi nghĩ văn phòng sẽ ngừng hoạt động.

'Tôi sợ rằng đây cũng là kết thúc cho Pitch @ Palace, ít nhất là trong chiêu bài hiện tại của nó. Thảm họa này sẽ ảnh hưởng đến rất nhiều nhân viên. '

Một người trong cuộc hoàng gia nói: 'Khi Nữ hoàng và Hoàng tử xứ Wales đứng vững với nhau, họ là một sự kết hợp khá ghê gớm về mặt hoàn thành công việc'.

Đêm qua, công tước đã đưa ra một tuyên bố xác nhận rằng ông, với sự cho phép của mẹ mình, 'từ chức' từ các nhiệm vụ công cộng trong tương lai gần. Anh ta sẽ mất khoản thu nhập hàng năm £ 249.000 từ Tài trợ có chủ quyền.

Nhưng anh ta sẽ tiếp tục nhận được tiền mặt từ bất động sản Duchy of Lancaster của mẹ mình, đã mang lại khoản lãi 21,7 triệu bảng vào năm ngoái và cung cấp cho Nữ hoàng và các con của cô ta một khoản thu nhập riêng.

Andrew cũng sẽ giữ ngôi nhà Royal Lodge duyên dáng của mình, nơi anh đã chi 7,5 triệu bảng để cải tạo trong những năm gần đây và các vệ sĩ cảnh sát được tài trợ bởi người đóng thuế.

Dinh thự hoàng gia ở Công viên Lớn đã được Hoàng thượng tặng cho ông vào năm 2003 khi ông tách khỏi Nữ công tước xứ York và cặp vợ chồng đã bán biệt thự của họ tại Công viên Sunninghill ở Ascot cho một tỷ phú dầu mỏ người Kazakhstan đã trả 15 triệu bảng – 3 triệu bảng so với giá yêu cầu – và sau đó san bằng nó xuống đất.

Đêm qua, một người bạn của Andrew đã nói Mặt trời: 'Nữ hoàng triệu tập Công tước đến Cung điện Buckingham để cho ông biết quyết định của mình. Đó là một khoảnh khắc tàn phá cho cả hai. Danh tiếng của anh ấy là trong tatters. Không có khả năng anh ta sẽ thực hiện nghĩa vụ hoàng gia một lần nữa. Anh ấy bị thất sủng. '

Luật sư cho các nạn nhân của Epstein kêu gọi Andrew ngồi lại với các đặc vụ FBI và trả lời phỏng vấn sâu – và các đặc vụ Hoa Kỳ nên đến Anh nếu anh ta từ chối;

Hơn 20 công ty và tổ chức từ thiện lớn – bao gồm Barclays, KPMG và Ba lê quốc gia Anh – đã tránh xa Andrew và các sáng kiến ​​mà ông đã ủng hộ;

Một cuộc điều tra Mail đã đặt câu hỏi về chứng cứ ngoại phạm của anh ta trong chuyến đi tới New York, trong đó nạn nhân Jeffrey Epstein, Virginia Roberts tuyên bố họ có quan hệ tình dục;

Một lá thư từ Cung điện Buckingham đã nghi ngờ về những tuyên bố của Công tước xứ York về lần đầu tiên ông gặp ông trùm, người đã tự sát trong tù vào tháng 8;

Sự nghiệp của Andrew đã kết thúc đêm qua chỉ bốn ngày sau khi phát sóng một cuộc phỏng vấn của BBC mà anh tình nguyện – đã trở thành một trong những quyết định tồi tệ nhất từng được hoàng gia đưa ra.

Nguồn tin nói rằng Công tước sẽ không còn nhận được trợ cấp Chủ quyền của mình vì các chi phí phát sinh trong các nhiệm vụ chính thức. Thu nhập của ông từ các quỹ tư nhân của Nữ hoàng sẽ vẫn còn nguyên.

Hoàng tử bị tàn phá, người đứng thứ tám trên ngai vàng, được cho biết anh ta có thể viết lời tuyên bố của chính mình trong một nỗ lực để cho phép anh ta cúi đầu duyên dáng.

Sau khi thông báo cho gia đình hoàng gia rộng hơn trước, Cung điện Buckingham đã đưa ra một tuyên bố ngay trước 6 giờ tối thay mặt hoàng tử quẫn trí nói: 'Tôi đã hỏi Hoàng thượng nếu tôi có thể rút lui khỏi các nhiệm vụ công cộng trong tương lai gần, và cô ấy đã cho phép. '

Không có tiền lệ cho một hoàng gia cao cấp được yêu cầu đứng xuống theo cách này và minh họa rằng cuộc phỏng vấn BBC Newsnight gây thiệt hại cho chính ông và chế độ quân chủ. Thông báo đầy kịch tính được đưa ra giống như Andrew đang cố khẳng định rằng đó là công việc như thường lệ.

The Mail có thể tiết lộ rằng anh ta thậm chí đã lên kế hoạch bay tới Bahrain vào thứ Bảy này cho một sáng kiến ​​từ thiện của Pitch @ Palace, bất chấp sự bực bội trong thử thách truyền hình vào thứ Bảy tuần trước.

Hoàng tử 59 tuổi và nhóm của ông – do thư ký riêng Amanda Thirsk dẫn đầu – biết nói công khai về vụ bê bối Epstein là một canh bạc rất lớn.

Nhưng họ cảm thấy bị dồn vào một góc sau vụ tự tử của tội phạm tình dục và liên tục tuyên bố của cô Roberts rằng cô bị 'buôn bán' bởi kẻ lạm dụng để quan hệ tình dục với con trai của Nữ hoàng trong ba lần, lần đầu tiên khi cô mới 17 tuổi.

Hoàng tử Andrew (ảnh trong cuộc phỏng vấn với Emily Maitlis trên Newsnight của BBC) đang phải đối mặt với một phản ứng dữ dội về mối quan hệ của anh với Epstein

Hoàng tử Andrew (ảnh trong cuộc phỏng vấn với Emily Maitlis trên Newsnight của BBC) đang phải đối mặt với một phản ứng dữ dội về mối quan hệ của anh với Epstein

Công tước phủ nhận gặp Virginia (cùng nhau năm 2001) và cho rằng bức ảnh này có thể là giả trong cuộc phỏng vấn BBC phi thường và bùng nổ của ông

Ảnh: Andrew đi bộ ở New York với Epstein sau khi bị kết án phạm tội tình dục

Công tước phủ nhận việc gặp Virginia (trái, cùng nhau năm 2001) và cho rằng bức ảnh này có thể là giả trong cuộc phỏng vấn BBC phi thường và bùng nổ của anh ta (ảnh, phải, Andrew và Epstein ở New York sau khi Epstein kết thúc án tù vì tội phạm tình dục)

Bà Thirsk và nhóm của mình hy vọng rằng bằng cách chọn một người phỏng vấn đáng gờm như Emily Maitlis, công chúng sẽ bị thuyết phục về sự ngây thơ và trung thực của ông.

Các cuộc họp thường niên của Duke of York với Epstein đã mang đến nhiều thập kỷ rắc rối như thế nào

– thập niên 1990

Lần đầu tiên Andrew gặp Epstein, được giới thiệu thông qua tình bạn của anh với Ghislaine Maxwell, con gái của ông trùm báo chí Robert Maxwell. Andrew chào đón Epstein đến nơi ẩn dật riêng tư của Nữ hoàng Scotland tại Aberdeenshire. Andrew sau đó nói rằng anh ta thấy Epstein "không thường xuyên", thêm "có lẽ không quá một hoặc hai lần một năm".

– 2000

Andrew và bà Maxwell được nhìn thấy trong kỳ nghỉ với Epstein tại Câu lạc bộ Mar-a-Lago của Donald Trump ở Palm Beach, Florida. Epstein và bà Maxwell tham dự một bữa tiệc tại Lâu đài Windsor do Nữ hoàng tổ chức để đánh dấu sinh nhật lần thứ 40 của Andrew, lần thứ 50 của Công nương Hoàng gia, lần thứ 100 của Nữ hoàng Mẹ và lần thứ 70 của Công chúa Margaret.

– 2001

Virginia Roberts tuyên bố đã quan hệ tình dục với Andrew 'ba lần, bao gồm một orgy', với cuộc gặp gỡ đầu tiên được cho là diễn ra trong nhà phố ở London của bà Maxwell. Cô Roberts tuyên bố đã quan hệ tình dục với Andrew trong hai lần nữa, tại nhà của Epstein ở New York và tại một 'orgy' trên hòn đảo tư nhân của anh ta ở Caribbean.

– 2008

Epstein thừa nhận trẻ vị thành niên bán dâm và bị kết án 18 tháng tù.

– 2010

Epstein được ra tù. Andrew được chụp ảnh với Epstein bị thất sủng ở Công viên Trung tâm của New York. Cảnh quay xuất hiện nhiều năm sau đó, được quay vào ngày 6 tháng 12 năm 2010, cho thấy anh ta ở trong biệt thự Manhattan của Epstein, từ đó anh ta được nhìn ra từ một cánh cửa lớn của tài sản vẫy tay chào một người phụ nữ sau khi Epstein rời khỏi để lái một chiếc xe hơi.

– 2011

Công tước từ bỏ vai trò là đặc phái viên thương mại của Anh sau sự sụp đổ từ các bức ảnh của Công viên Trung tâm.

– 2015

Cung điện Buckingham phủ nhận Andrew đã có bất kỳ hành vi không đúng đắn nào sau khi anh ta có tên trong các tài liệu của tòa án Hoa Kỳ liên quan đến Epstein. Một người phụ nữ, sau đó được nêu tên trong các báo cáo là bà Roberts, cáo buộc trong các giấy tờ nộp tại Florida rằng cô bị buộc phải quan hệ tình dục với Andrew khi cô 17 tuổi, chưa đủ tuổi chấp thuận trong tiểu bang.

Tại Diễn đàn kinh tế thế giới ở Davos, Andrew, trong lần tham gia công khai đầu tiên kể từ khi bị lôi kéo vào các cáo buộc, trả lời, nói: 'Trước tiên tôi nghĩ rằng tôi phải, và muốn, cho hồ sơ, đề cập đến các sự kiện đã xảy ra trong vài tuần qua

'Tôi chỉ muốn nhắc lại, và để khẳng định lại, những tuyên bố đã được đưa ra thay cho tôi bởi Cung điện Buckingham.' Vào tháng Tư, các yêu sách chống lại Andrew được đưa ra từ hồ sơ tòa án dân sự Hoa Kỳ sau phán quyết của thẩm phán liên bang.

– 2019

Các tài liệu pháp lý mới được công bố cho thấy Johanna Sjoberg, một nạn nhân khác của Epstein, đã tuyên bố Andrew chạm vào ngực cô khi ngồi trên một chiếc ghế dài bên trong căn hộ Manhattan của tỷ phú Mỹ năm 2001. Cung điện Buckingham cho biết các cáo buộc là 'không đúng sự thật'. Epstein được tìm thấy đã chết trong phòng giam của mình vào ngày 10 tháng 8, đã tự sát sau khi bị buộc tội buôn bán tình dục.

Cuối tháng đó, một phi công trên máy bay riêng của Epstein tuyên bố Andrew là hành khách trên các chuyến bay trong quá khứ với nhà tài chính và bà Roberts. Tờ báo Sun cho biết David Rodgers cho biết trong một lời khai được công bố vào tháng 8 rằng Epstein, Andrew và cô gái 17 tuổi đã tới Quần đảo Virgin thuộc Hoa Kỳ vào ngày 11 tháng 4 năm 2001. Cung điện Buckingham mô tả tuyên bố bằng chứng là "có một số điểm không nhất quán" và nói rằng Andrew đã ở một lục địa khác trong một số trường hợp.

Sau cái chết của Epstein, một tuyên bố từ cung điện nói rằng Andrew 'kinh hoàng trước những báo cáo gần đây về tội ác của Jeffrey Epstein'. Lần đầu tiên phá vỡ sự im lặng về vấn đề này kể từ năm 2015, Andrew sau đó đưa ra một tuyên bố vào ngày 24 tháng 8: 'Không có giai đoạn nào trong thời gian giới hạn tôi dành cho anh ấy (Epstein) tôi đã thấy, chứng kiến ​​hoặc nghi ngờ bất kỳ hành vi nào của loại này điều đó sau đó đã dẫn đến việc bắt giữ và kết án anh ta. '

Vào ngày 16 tháng 11, hoàng tử đã trả lời phỏng vấn BBC 'thảm họa', trong đó ông nói về tình bạn của mình với Epstein và giải quyết các cáo buộc về hành vi tình dục của chính mình. Anh ta đã phải đối mặt với một loạt các chỉ trích sau khi xuất hiện trên truyền hình, với hoàng gia bị buộc tội thiếu sự đồng cảm với các nạn nhân của Epstein.

Trong cuộc phỏng vấn, Andrew, người dẫn chương trình Newsnight Emily Maitlis, hai lần tuyên bố mối quan hệ của anh với Epstein, người đã chết trong tù khi phải đối mặt với tội buôn bán tình dục, có một số 'kết quả có lợi nghiêm trọng', cho anh cơ hội gặp gỡ mọi người và chuẩn bị cho tương lai vai trò như một đặc phái viên thương mại. Công tước phủ nhận anh ta đã ngủ với Virginia Giuffre, một trong những nạn nhân của Epstein, trong ba lần riêng biệt, hai lần khi cô chưa đủ tuổi, nói rằng một cuộc gặp gỡ vào năm 2001 đã không xảy ra khi anh ta dành cả ngày với con gái Công chúa Beatrice, đưa cô đến Pizza Express ở Woking cho một bữa tiệc.

Cùng một cáo buộc liên lạc tình dục, mà người Mỹ nói bắt đầu với việc hoàng gia đổ mồ hôi nhiều khi họ nhảy ở hộp đêm Tramp ở London, thực tế đã sai khi công tước nói rằng anh ta bị bệnh lúc đó có nghĩa là anh ta không đổ mồ hôi. Anh ta nghi ngờ về tính xác thực của một bức ảnh xuất hiện cho thấy Andrew với cánh tay quanh eo bà Giuffre, khi còn là một thiếu niên.

Thay vào đó, hàng triệu khán giả đã ngạc nhiên trước nỗ lực của Andrew để giải thích mối quan hệ của anh với Epstein, với cuộc phỏng vấn của anh chỉ làm tăng thêm sự nghi ngờ về tài khoản của anh về thời gian họ ở bên nhau.

Công tước đã nổi giận vì quyết định bay sang Mỹ và ở lại với Epstein trong bốn ngày sau khi ra tù vì tội tấn công tình dục trẻ em.

Anh ấy nói rằng anh ấy phải nói với người tài chính rằng anh ấy không còn có thể làm gì với anh ấy nữa – đó là điều 'đáng trân trọng' phải làm.

Ông cũng bị chỉ trích nặng nề vì đã không thể hiện bất kỳ sự hối hận nào đối với hàng chục nạn nhân nữ của Epstein.

Khi phản ứng dữ dội gia tăng, những người ủng hộ các sáng kiến ​​công khai quan trọng của ông – như kế hoạch kinh doanh, Pitch @ Palace – bắt đầu công khai rút lại sự ủng hộ của họ.

Một số tổ chức từ thiện mà anh ấy là người bảo trợ cũng cố gắng tránh xa anh ấy.

Mong muốn tiếp tục, các quan chức nhắc lại hy vọng rằng một khi bụi đã lắng xuống, công chúng sẽ thấy Andrew là một 'người đàn ông trung thực, đàng hoàng và đáng kính'.

Theo tiết lộ của Mail vào đầu tuần này, anh đã trở lại bàn làm việc tại cung điện Buckingham vào thứ ba để cố gắng tiếp tục với công việc của mình.

Nhưng hôm đó anh buộc phải hủy một chuyến đi đến Nam Yorkshire để thăm những thị trấn bị lũ lụt.

Đó là lúc Nữ hoàng quyết định hành động.

Cô yêu cầu Andrew đến cung điện từ nhà của mình, Royal Lodge, ở Windsor, để gặp cô ở giữa các nhiệm vụ chính thức bao gồm khán giả với các đại sứ và một sự kiện công khai với Ngài David Attenborough.

Một người trong cuộc nói với Thư: 'Có một cảm giác rất chắc chắn rằng mọi người cần phải suy nghĩ mát mẻ, bình tĩnh và hợp lý. Không có cảm giác giận dữ.

'Nữ hoàng và các hoàng gia cao cấp đã nhìn rất nhiều vào cách mà sự giận dữ đã tác động đến cuộc Tổng tuyển cử và về thể chế quân chủ ở cấp độ sâu hơn.

'Thật khó để nghĩ về một thời điểm khác khi chúng ta đã thấy hành động quyết định hơn.

'Nữ hoàng đã thể hiện khả năng lãnh đạo rất quyết đoán và sự khác biệt là cô ấy được tiếp thêm sức mạnh khi có Hoàng tử xứ Wales bên mình.'

Trong tuyên bố của mình, Andrew cho biết anh vô cùng hối hận về mối quan hệ của mình với Epstein, thông cảm với các nạn nhân của mình và sẽ giúp đỡ bất kỳ cuộc điều tra nào.

Một phụ tá hoàng gia xác nhận hoàng tử sẽ tạm thời rút lui khỏi nhiệm vụ của mình. Không có khoảng thời gian được chỉ định.

Tuy nhiên, anh sẽ tiếp tục tham dự các sự kiện với tư cách là thành viên của Hoàng gia như dịch vụ Ngày Giáng sinh tại Sandringham và Trooping the Color.

Andrew nhận được một khoản trợ cấp không được tiết lộ từ Nữ hoàng, được cho là ở khu vực trị giá 250.000 bảng.

Vai trò giảm dần của anh ấy dự kiến ​​sẽ dẫn đến sự dư thừa trong văn phòng riêng của anh ấy.

Có khả năng các thành viên khác của Hoàng gia sẽ đảm nhận một số nhiệm vụ bảo trợ và từ thiện của hoàng tử.

Andrew đã buộc phải hủy chuyến thăm các thị trấn bị lũ lụt ở Fishlake và Stainforth, gần Doncaster, Nam Yorkshire, hôm qua. Một nguồn tin cho biết chuyến đi của ông – không được công bố trước – đã bị hủy bỏ do hậu quả của sự sụp đổ.

Công tước đã nói với Maitlis về ngoại hình rằng anh ta không có quan hệ tình dục với Virginia Roberts, người nói rằng cô ta đã ngủ với anh ta khi cô 17 tuổi.

Bà Roberts, hiện là bà Giuffre, bị Epstein buôn bán và bức ảnh cho thấy hoàng tử đứng cùng bà năm 2001.

Hoàng tử Andrew nói với Maitlis rằng anh đã gặp Epstein thông qua bạn gái của nhà tài chính bị thất sủng, Ghislaine Maxwell, 'trở lại năm 1999', và có ý kiến ​​cho rằng đó là ngôi nhà ở London của cô, nơi anh được chụp hình với Roberts.

Nhưng một bức thư viết cho tờ báo The Times vào tháng 3 năm 2011 bởi thư ký riêng của Công tước Alastair Watson cho thấy ông có thể đã gặp Epstein nhiều năm trước đó.

Thiếu tá Watson, người đã dành chín năm trong vai trò thư ký riêng của Andrew, đã viết thư cho tờ báo phản bác tuyên bố công tước là bạn với Saif Gaddafi.

Nhưng, trong một đoạn văn quan trọng hiện nay, ông đã viết: 'Đã có nhiều bình luận về mối quan hệ của công tước với Jeffrey Epstein.

'Công tước đã biết ông Epstein kể từ khi được giới thiệu với ông vào đầu những năm 1990.

'Những ẩn ý và innuendos đã được thực hiện liên quan đến công tước là không có cơ sở.'

Công tước phủ nhận ông đã ngủ với bà Roberts trong ba lần riêng biệt, hai lần khi bà chưa đủ tuổi, nói rằng một cuộc gặp gỡ vào năm 2001 đã không xảy ra khi ông dành cả ngày với con gái Công chúa Beatrice, đưa bà đến Pizza Express trong Woking cho một bữa tiệc.

Cùng một cáo buộc liên lạc tình dục, mà người Mỹ nói bắt đầu với việc hoàng gia đổ mồ hôi nhiều khi họ nhảy ở hộp đêm Tramp ở London, thực tế đã sai khi công tước nói rằng anh ta bị bệnh lúc đó có nghĩa là anh ta không đổ mồ hôi.

Anh nghi ngờ về tính xác thực của bức ảnh xuất hiện cho thấy Andrew với cánh tay quanh eo bà Giuffre, khi cô còn là thiếu niên.

Đồ uống nóng và bánh quy được nhân viên của Hoàng tử Andrew mang ra cho các thành viên của giới truyền thông, những người đang chờ đợi Công tước xứ York rời khỏi nhà của mình ở Windsor hôm nay

Đồ uống nóng và bánh quy được nhân viên của Hoàng tử Andrew mang ra cho các thành viên của giới truyền thông đang chờ đợi Công tước xứ York rời khỏi nhà của mình ở Windsor hôm nay

Năm doanh nghiệp trị giá hàng triệu bảng đã cắt đứt quan hệ với tổ chức từ thiện lấy cảm hứng từ Den của Hoàng tử Andrew và ba người nữa hiện đang xem xét từ bỏ Hoàng gia khủng hoảng kể từ khi cuộc phỏng vấn được phát sóng.

Prince Andrew had a secret meeting with Ghislaine Maxwell in London in June this year two weeks after Epstein inquiry was revived

Prince Andrew secretly met with alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell (together at a wedding in 2000) in London a fortnight after the US revealed plans to reopen its probe into Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew secretly met with alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell (together at a wedding in 2000) in London a fortnight after the US revealed plans to reopen its probe into Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew secretly met with alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell in London a fortnight after the US revealed plans to reopen its probe into Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York arranged a meeting with Maxwell, who is accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein, while she was in Britain for a charity event.

Andrew and Maxwell met up on or about June 5, according to the Daily Telegraph, the day before she set off on a charity motoring rally from London to Monte Carlo.

It is understood to be the last time that the British socialite visited the UK, before her disappearance from public view amid an FBI inquiry into her links with Epstein.

During Andrew's 'disastrous' interview with the BBC on Saturday, presenter Emily Maitlis pressed the prince on the last time he met with his long-time friend Maxwell.

He replied: 'It was earlier this year, funnily enough, in the summer, in the spring, summer. She was here doing some rally.'

When asked by Maitlis if their meeting had taken place after Epstein's arrest in July, Andrew said: 'No, no, no, no, no, no, no, this was… this was early spring.'

Maitlis then enquired on whether or not the duke and Maxwell had discussed Epstein and the allegations against him during their meeting.

He added: 'Funnily enough, no, not at all. There wasn't anything to discuss about him because he wasn't in the news, you know, it was just… we had moved on.'

While Epstein would not be arrested for another month, the disgraced financier had been named in court documents filed two weeks before the meeting in London.

In the files, federal prosecutors set out their intentions to quiz alleged victims of Epstein as part of plans to reopen the case against him.

He had escaped sex trafficking charges in 2008 after a secret plea deal saw him admit to a lesser charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution.

However he was arrested once again in July after a host of women accused him of sexual assault and trafficking. He was found hanging in his cell in August.

The University of Huddersfield is the only organisation to vocally back their Chancellor – but this has sparked insurrection among students who are lobbying Andrew to resign with a 'Not my Chancellor' campaign on campus and a major vote later this week.

And London Metropolitan University told MailOnline this afternoon they will review whether to keep Andrew as a patron at its next Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, November 26.

Prince Andrew last night signalled he would speak to FBI detectives investigating billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Trong tuyên bố của mình tuyên bố rằng ông đã bước ra khỏi các nhiệm vụ công cộng, hoàng tử nói rằng ông 'sẵn sàng giúp đỡ bất kỳ cơ quan thực thi pháp luật thích hợp nào … nếu được yêu cầu'.

Lời đề nghị hợp tác với chính quyền của Andrew được các luật sư đại diện cho các nạn nhân của Epstein hoan nghênh, nhưng họ đặt câu hỏi tại sao anh ta chỉ làm như vậy 'nếu được yêu cầu'.

The legal teams called on Andrew and his bodyguards to give 'in-depth interviews' to the FBI revealing everything they knew about Epstein.

The Mirror claims that the duke may have been filmed on secret cameras installed by the paedophile as an 'insurance policy' against his rich and powerful friends and the footage could be in the hands of the authorities.

Nơi ở của Epstein bị cáo buộc là 'ma cô' Ghislaine Maxwell hiện chưa rõ nhưng cô được cho là 'trung thành' với Andrew, người mà cô nhìn thấy hồi đầu năm nay, và được cho là sẽ từ chối 'dơ bẩn' với FBI, theo FBI, theo Mặt trời.

There is growing political pressure on him to speak to police.

Senior Tory Sajid Javid told LBC Andrew has done the 'right thing' by exiting public life and should do 'everything he can' to help Epstein's victims, if he can.

Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said that, if the Duke of York has information that could help bring victims of Epstein to justice, he should share it.

Questioned on BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether Andrew should voluntarily make a sworn statement about Epstein to police in the United States, Ms Rayner said: 'Prince Andrew should do everything he can to comply and to support making sure justice is done for those victims.

'And I hope that after his interview he's reflected on that, and his statement he made after his interview actually is much more in line of what I'd expect from our monarchy and I think the Queen has acted appropriately in accepting him taking a step back from public life.

'And I hope that they reflect, and Prince Andrew reflects, on the victims in this, making sure that he does everything he can to bring justice to these people. And if he has information that can help with that, he should do that.'

'Downfall of the 'favourite': Greed, arrogance and jealousy proved to be Prince Andrew's undoing

By Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy

He is a man who has enjoyed every pleasure the twentieth and twenty first centuries have to offer while remaining, as a royal prince, several centuries out of date.

A prince who has compensated for being only the second son of a reigning monarch by using the influence of his elevated status with breath-taking entitlement, and with relish.

The tragedy of Prince Andrew is that he could have been a royal life-long hero. After all he piloted a helicopter with great courage during the Falklands War luring Argentine Exocet missiles away from British ships.

Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy have written that Prince Andrew was brought down by greed, arrogance and jealousy. He is pictured here with Emily Maitlis ahead of his disastrous BBC interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy have written that Prince Andrew was brought down by greed, arrogance and jealousy. He is pictured here with Emily Maitlis ahead of his disastrous BBC interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

And who could forget when he came home how he jumped ashore with a rose clamped in his teeth.

Is this really the same prince Andrew?

Last night, as he stepped back from public life, a close friend told us there was no alternative: 'The castle walls are crumbling, it's time for a full retreat.'

Mercifully it is only his castle walls and how ironic that they should fall on the 72nd wedding anniversary of the Queen whose faultless reign is now in its 68th year. She in particular will be wounded by what has happened to the son generally described as her 'favourite.'

Only on Sunday morning he and the Queen went to church together in Windsor and he was telling his mother just how well he thought the interview with Emily Maitlis had gone.

The eight in line to the throne was heading for disaster since he left the navy in 2001, they said. He is pictured above during his interview for Newsnight

The eight in line to the throne was heading for disaster since he left the navy in 2001, they said. He is pictured above during his interview for Newsnight

Prince Andrew's love of money and the company of shady billionaires has been no secret. But who would have thought that naivety in the real world would allow him to forget during that interview to utter the words everyone wanted to hear: I am sorry.

None of the crises that have assailed the royal family in recent times have been as embarrassing as this. No one is suggesting of course that his personal stupidity is seriously endangering the stability of the monarchy, for these days he is only eighth in the line of succession. But Andrew has been heading in the direction of such a personal catastrophe ever since he left the Royal Navy in 2001.

From the moment Lord (Peter) Mandelson arranged for the jobless Duke of York to become a trade ambassador for Britain – he replaced the dull but reliable Duke of Kent – it became apparent that he had little compunction in blurring the line between his official role and his private ambitions.

The eight in line to the throne was heading for disaster since he left the navy in 2001, they said. He is pictured above during his interview for Newsnight

The eight in line to the throne was heading for disaster since he left the navy in 2001, they said. He is pictured above during his interview for Newsnight

To the influential rich in many parts of the world, being able to introduce Andrew as a friend guaranteed their own acceptance.

One is entitled to wonder just how Jeffrey Epstein made use of his friendship with the Queen's son.

Whatever Andrew said in that interview about the 'honour' of personally flying to New York to end his friendship with him after he came out of jail, the sex offender would have known all along just why Andrew paid him so much close attention – his money.

Former Epstein friends such as President Bill Clinton had sensibly removed themselves from Epstein's company. So had Leslie Wexner, the U.S. clothing billionaire who had been Epstein's mentor and principal patron. To Britain's shame Andrew clung on.

Love of money certainly seems to be at the root of the prince's fall.

In the ten years he served the nation as a trade envoy, diplomats noticed that he was using the role as a means of 'ploughing his own furrow.' As one distinguished former diplomat told us, everyone was 'reluctant to point this out for fear of putting their own careers on the line'.

As for the prince's personal diplomacy, even Wikileaks revealed that a U.S. ambassador described Prince Andrew in the trade role as 'cocky' and 'rude'.

But it was the company Andrew kept that was the most troubling aspect of his decade an unpaid ambassador for Britain.

His friendship with the family of the murderous Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi strayed well over the official line expected at a time when the aged dictator was forming alliances with the West including Britain.

One of his new friends was Saif, the colonel's son who was studying and being honoured with a phony degree at the London School of Economics.

'He and Saif became incredibly close,' recalled a mutual friend. 'Both enjoyed having a good time and they had fun together. Andrew could open doors with his royal status and Saif could open other doors with his family's money.'

On his many trips to Libya and on visits to other capitals and states around the world, Prince Andrew never let his royal status drop. He travelled with a team of six, including equerries, private secretaries and protection officers, as well as a valet bringing his own six-foot-long ironing board to ensure the prince's trousers were pressed as he liked them.

To some close observers this studied arrogance could well have been a conscious reaction to being diminished in the royal hierarchy by his elder brother Prince Charles. For the first 22 years of his life until Prince William was born, he had been the heir in line to the throne after Charles.

But as the years passed as William and then Harry began having children he slipped down the royal pecking order. To make things worse Charles, increasingly taking a more executive role in royal affairs, had begun his 'slimming' of the monarchy.

As long ago as the Queen's diamond jubilee in 2012 Andrew was angrily telling friends that he and others in the family were being pushed to the margins of royal life. The 'others' included his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.

He saw it as an insult that they were being dissuaded from carrying out royal duties even though – as he always fervently pointed out – they were the only 'blood princesses' of their generation.

While maintaining a considerable number of patronages – from all of which he has now stood back – he expanded his other life among the super rich.

Some will say, especially now, that Prince Andrew was never cut out for royal life anyway. People still talk about the glee with which, as a 16-year old on a visit to Los Angeles, he sprayed photographers and other journalists with white paint from a spray gun he was being shown. 'I enjoyed that,' he said before the British consul began shelling out money in damages to valuable equipment.

Certainly his life has always been full of surprises. None more so than the trajectory of his marriage. Who but Prince Andrew would have the ex-wife who humiliated him and from whom he was divorced 23 years ago, still living under his roof?

When it emerged that while travelling on holiday with their two daughters, her lover John Bryan was photographed kissing her toes you would have thought he would have nothing more to do with her.

Yet Fergie has not only lived with him for many years but their £13 million chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier was bought in both their names.

As for the Queen, at a time in life, like any great grandmother, she should be gazing down on her family with pleasure and satisfaction she finds herself facing yet another major family crisis – one that is different from anything she has faced before.

Andrew has always been the son who pointedly bowed and kissed her hand whenever he goes to see her at Buckingham Palace and he is the son who, in her eyes, saved the treasures of Windsor Castle when 100ft flames were licking across it in 1992.

Luckily Andrew was in the castle when the fire broke out, on leave from the Navy, and organised staff into a human chain rescuing priceless paintings, furniture and artefacts. To her Andrew could do no wrong.

Rarely chastised as a child, he grew up, says one courtier, 'with a pompous level of self-importance based on being second in line to the throne. He felt it when he was pushed down in the line of succession.'

The Queen has always tried to help in this respect by making sure he has a 'role', not always, as we know, with success.

Diplomacy has never been one of his strong points. When Pan Am flight 103 and its passengers were blown up and fell on the Scottish town of Lockerbie a few days before Christmas 1988, the Queen's then deputy private secretary Robert Fellowes urged her to go there.

But fearing she would be a distraction from the desperate recovery work, she decided Andrew should go instead. He was not a good choice. He upset local people, where 11 residents were killed on the ground, by declaring it was 'much worse for the Americans' ( 259 passengers and crew were on the US airliner). And he added it had been 'only matter of time'; before a plane fell out of the sky.

Andrew is still the only one of her children to have accommodation and an office at Buckingham Palace. At weekends at Windsor she often joins him for a pre-lunch drinks at Royal Lodge, the home he inherited from the Queen Mother and where he spent £8.5 million on refurbishment.

It's just a short drive from the piece of land on which his marital home Sunninghill Park used to stand. A Kazakh billionaire paid £15 million for it, £3 million more than the asking price.

As for his office at the palace in the foreseeable future he won't be using it all that much.

He does at least have his daughter Beatrice's wedding to look forward to some time in the New Year. Poor Beatrice. The timing couldn't have been worse.

'I don't recall him staying with me': Britain's ex-consul general in New York casts doubt on Prince Andrew's claim he stayed with him not Epstein on fateful 'sex allegation' trip – in evidence presented to Palace just hours before duke stepped down

When you're accused of having sex with a teenager trafficked to the home of a billionaire paedophile with whom you spend extended periods, it pays to have a rock-solid alibi.

So on Saturday, when Prince Andrew was asked about claims that, in April 2001, he slept with a 17-year-old girl called Virginia Roberts at the New York lair of prolific child-abuser Jeffrey Epstein, he came out all guns blazing.

'I think the date we have for that shows that I was in Boston or I was in New York the previous day, and I was at a dinner for the Outward Bound Trust in New York and then I flew up to Boston the following day,' he told the BBC's Emily Maitlis.

While the Prince confessed that he 'probably did' look in on Epstein at some stage during the trip, he vigorously denied staying overnight at the financier's seven-storey townhouse, which was decorated with pieces of erotic artwork, including a pair of prosthetic breasts mounted on a bathroom wall.

Britain's Prince Andrew attends The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards concert at Washington Square Park October 14, 2001 in New York City. At least one witness has also come forward to say she saw Roberts and Prince Andrew together at Epstein’s house one afternoon during the visit

Britain's Prince Andrew attends The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards concert at Washington Square Park October 14, 2001 in New York City. At least one witness has also come forward to say she saw Roberts and Prince Andrew together at Epstein's house one afternoon during the visit

Pictured is a video grab of Prince Andrew waving goodbye to a brunette he let out the door. It is during the Duke's three day visit to New York that Mrs Roberts claims he had sex with her in an upstairs bedroom of Epstein's mansion

Pictured is a video grab of Prince Andrew waving goodbye to a brunette he let out the door. It is during the Duke's three day visit to New York that Mrs Roberts claims he had sex with her in an upstairs bedroom of Epstein's mansion

Prince Andrew can be seen responding to Emily Maitlis during his Newsnight interview that aired on Sunday night. The prince vigorously denied staying overnight at the home of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein during a visit to New York in April, 2001

Prince Andrew can be seen responding to Emily Maitlis during his Newsnight interview that aired on Sunday night. The prince vigorously denied staying overnight at the home of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein during a visit to New York in April, 2001

Prince Andrew said that he stayed at the Old British Consulate Office in Manhattan but Consul General, Sir Thomas Harris, who served in New York from 1999 to 2004, tells the Mail that despite Andrew’s televised claims, the retired diplomat has ‘no recollection’ of the prince staying at his official residence during the trip

Prince Andrew said that he stayed at the Old British Consulate Office in Manhattan but Consul General, Sir Thomas Harris, who served in New York from 1999 to 2004, tells the Mail that despite Andrew's televised claims, the retired diplomat has 'no recollection' of the prince staying at his official residence during the trip

'Because of what I was doing, I was staying with the consul-general, which is further down the street (from Epstein's home),' he declared in the BBC interview. 'So I wasn't staying there (at Epstein's home). I may have visited but no, definitely didn't, definitely, definitely, no, no, no activity.'

All well and good… were it not for an awkward fact. The prince's recollection of events seems at odds with that of the consul-general in question, Sir Thomas Harris.

One of the most high-flying and respected British diplomats of his generation, Sir Thomas, who served in New York from 1999 to 2004, tells the Mail that despite Andrew's televised claims, the retired diplomat has 'no recollection' of the prince staying at his official residence during the trip. 'It doesn't sound as if he stayed with me,' he said yesterday. 'I don't recall him staying with me.'

Sir Thomas, 74, admitted he no longer had a copy of his 2001 diary, so was unable to be certain about comings and goings that occurred at his official residence, an apartment just off Central Park, 18 years ago.

However, he pointed out that overnight stays by Prince Andrew and other senior royals at a consul-general's residence tend to be formally registered in the Court Circular, as are associated dinner parties. No such stays were chronicled in the Court Circular for the crucial dates of April 9-11 2001, when the duke was carrying out formal engagements in the US.

'Normally, I would give him a dinner party in the evening,' he said, noting that the absence of records of such an event 'makes me suspect he wasn't with me that night'.

'If he stayed with me, we would normally arrange for businesses to come in. My understanding is that it would be in the Court Circular. I was led to believe that was the normal form. If you go through the Court Circular, you will come across the other visits he paid to New York. That was the typical pattern.'

Sir Thomas said he could, for example, vividly remember Prince Andrew visiting in October 2001, shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks. That visit was indeed registered in the Court Circular at the time, along with other trips in October 2000 and September 2002, during which it was noted that the diplomat 'received' the Queen's son.

However, he insisted: 'I have no recollection of him staying at the address in April. I don't have a note of the dates of all the visits – the Palace will. It doesn't ring any bell whatsoever.'

Columnist Cindy Adams, right, and Sir Thomas Harris can be seen attending the East Coast BAFTAs in 2004. Sir Thomas, 74, admitted he no longer had a copy of his 2001 diary, so was unable to be certain about comings and goings that occurred at his official residence, an apartment just off Central Park, 18 years ago

Columnist Cindy Adams, right, and Sir Thomas Harris can be seen attending the East Coast BAFTAs in 2004. Sir Thomas, 74, admitted he no longer had a copy of his 2001 diary, so was unable to be certain about comings and goings that occurred at his official residence, an apartment just off Central Park, 18 years ago

All very mysterious – not to mention somewhat awkward, given that Andrew has staked a hefty portion of what remains of his reputation on having a perfect memory of events that occurred during the Easter 2001 trip.

The three days he spent on official business in New York and Boston are, after all, at the heart of the increasingly tawdry scandal surrounding the duke's relationship with Epstein. It is during this very short period that Mrs Roberts claims that one of their three alleged sexual encounters occurred, in an upstairs room at Epstein's mansion. What we do know, from official records, is that Andrew did indeed fly to New York from London on the morning of Monday, April 9, meaning he'd have arrived around lunchtime.

His first formal engagement wasn't until the following morning, when he toured a school and took a lunch meeting at the offices of The New York Times. That evening he flew to Boston, where he stayed at the official residence of the city's consul-general, George Fergusson.

On Wednesday, April 11, the duke attended several events in Boston organised by the Outward Bound Trust, of which he's a trustee. He flew back to New York that afternoon. He then disappeared from view, and didn't carry out another official engagement until April 19, when he popped up in Korea.

What the Court Circular failed to record, of course, is where exactly Andrew stayed on the nights of April 9 and 11, 2011 – or what he got up to during the many gaps in his schedule.

Intriguingly, however, the trip was the subject of an extended article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper the following week, during which the prince's office is quoted as saying that 'he spent one night in New York as a guest of the consul-general and the second 'privately'.

Công tước phủ nhận gặp Virginia (cùng nhau năm 2001) và cho rằng bức ảnh này có thể là giả trong cuộc phỏng vấn BBC phi thường và bùng nổ của ông

Ảnh: Andrew đi bộ ở New York với Epstein sau khi bị kết án phạm tội tình dục

The duke denies meeting Virginia (left, together in 2001) and suggested this photo could be fake in his extraordinary and explosive BBC interview (pictured, right, Andrew and Epstein in New York after Epstein had finished his prison sentence for sex offences)

A month later, in May 2001, the Mail on Sunday carried a second article about Andrew's burgeoning friendship with Epstein, claiming that the night he spent 'privately' had actually been at the paedophile's vast home.

It continued: 'For the past two years, his home-away-from-home in Manhattan has been a gaudily-decorated mansion acquired some years ago through a company apparently controlled by Epstein. Only last month, the prince let himself in there for a night during an unannounced break from a visit to do good works for America's Outward Bound programme.'

Today, both these contemporaneous reports make intriguing reading. For they are completely at odds with what Prince Andrew so confidently told Newsnight had occurred during the New York trip, when he insisted that he spent both nights at the official residence.

And other serious questions are already being asked about his description of the visit. For example, yesterday's Daily Telegraph quoted an official who travelled with the duke admitting there were 'possible gaps' in his itinerary when a visit to Epstein's house could have taken place.

What we are able to prove beyond reasonable doubt is that Virgina Roberts certainly was in New York at the same time as the duke.

Flight logs of Epstein's private jet, nicknamed the 'Lolita Express' show that on April 9, she flew from Florida to Teterboro, a private airport 12 miles from Manhattan. She stayed there until the 11th, when the jet took her to St Thomas, the airport Epstein used near his private Caribbean island.

At least one witness has also come forward to say she saw Roberts and Prince Andrew together at Epstein's house one afternoon during the visit. She is Johanna Sjoberg, a young girl who was also abused by Epstein. In 2007, after Epstein's conviction for child sex offences, she gave a newspaper interview saying she had witnessed an extraordinary encounter between the duo in the living room of the paedophile's mansion, during which she said the duke had groped her breast. She said Prince Andrew was there with and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's girlfriend and alleged accomplice, along with 'a couple of other girls my age'.

She added: 'Andrew was very charming. I didn't know exactly who he was, but felt that I knew him. She (Ghislaine) came down with a present for him – a latex puppet of him from Spitting Image.

'The room was very large, considering it was Manhattan. It was on East 71, with four floors. It was beautiful, like a museum.

'We had a picture taken. Virginia, another girl there, sat on a chair and had the puppet on her lap. Andrew sat on another chair, I sat on his lap – and he put his hand on my breast. Ghislaine put the puppet's hand on Virginia's breast, then Andrew put his hand on mine. It was a great joke. Everybody laughed.'

At the time of the interview, the palace declined to comment. Four years later, in 2011, Roberts herself told a reporter about the event.

'Andrew was sitting there in a big leather armchair behind which there was a desk covered with photos of girls and young women including one of me,' she recalled.

'I was almost nude in the picture. I don't think Andrew could have missed seeing it. Ghislaine had just given him a present… his Spitting Image puppet. He was smiling ear to ear. He looked like a kid whose parents were taking him to Disney World.'

After being made to sit on the duke's knee with Sjoberg, Roberts alleged that she was instructed to sleep with him, adding: 'Ghislaine said, 'You should take him upstairs for a massage'. I took him upstairs to the Dungeon. He undressed and lay face down on the table. I started with his feet, then his calves the way Jeffrey liked it.'

This time there was no extra payment for the session, she added. 'Because I wasn't on the road, I just got my usual hourly rate, which at that time was $200.'

Roberts and Sjoberg repeated the claims under oath in legal depositions that became public in 2015 and this August respectively.

Intriguingly, they claim that the incident took place during the daytime, a highly important detail which renders Prince Andrew's supposed alibi redundant.

For even if the Duke had been staying overnight at the British consul-general's residence, the property was a mere seven-minute walk from Epstein's mansion, making it entirely possible for him to have popped over one afternoon. Indeed, Sir Thomas acknowledges that even if the prince had visited his apartment briefly on arrival in New York, he would have been free to come and go as he pleased when not on official business.

'If there was free time he had an hour or so in the afternoon if he decided to go off with his detective to have a walk around Central Park,' he said. 'I know what you're getting at and I'm not going to deny there may have been occasions when he went out to have a walk in the park or to do something else, but it wasn't normal form.

'I wasn't supposed to be keeping tabs on every distinguished visitor to New York. If he came to do other things privately I wouldn't have been involved.'

Buckingham Palace insisted last night that Prince Andrew did not stay with Epstein on either April 9 or 11. In a statement, it said: 'The Duke's words from his interview speak for themselves and HRH stands by his recollections.'

The palace issued exactly the same response yesterday to the BBC, when it came across evidence casting doubt on another one of Andrew's key 'recollections'.

In the TV interview, the prince claimed to have first met Epstein in 1999. But the BBC found a 2011 letter to the media from his then private secretary, Alistair Watson, insisting that the duke had known Epstein 'since being introduced to him in the early 1990s'. Obviously, it's impossible for both versions of events to have been true.

We must also assume, since he's not retracted them, that HRH also 'stands by' other important alibis on which he staked his innocence.

For example, he alleged during the BBC interview that testimony by Roberts describing him as 'sweaty' must be untrue, since he has a medical condition which means he cannot sweat.

But news outlets unearthed a photograph of him appearing to sweat profusely as he left the nightclub Chinawhite in 2001.

Andrew also claimed that he and his ex-wife arranged their diaries at the time to ensure at least one of them was always in the UK and able to look after their daughters.

He argued that this made it impossible for him to have encountered Mrs Roberts on a night when she claims he slept with her in London. However, the Mail has found several examples of occasions during that period when the prince and the duchess were both overseas.

With so many alibis seemingly in tatters, and others crumbling, it was perhaps unsurprising that the prince should choose to announce his withdrawal from public duties last night. Whether that will end forensic scrutiny of his friendship with Epstein, not to mention his links to the paedophile's teenage sex slaves, is another matter.

Prince Andrew's 'sacking' is the biggest royal crisis since Edward VIII abdicated in 1936

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edward and the former Mrs Simpson, pictured in 1949

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edward and the former Mrs Simpson, pictured in 1949

Prince Andrew's withdrawal from public life was last night described as 'absolutely unprecedented' and as Royal experts said it had rocked the monarchy as much as anything since the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936.

Social historian Professor Judith Rowbotham said there were 'plenty of parallels' with the former king, who abdicated the throne in December 1936 to marry his divorcee mistress, the American socialite Wallis Simpson.

'I suppose the nearest would be the Duke of Windsor in some way,' Professor Rowbotham said, using the title Edward was given following his abdication.

'I'm far from surprised because the Duke of York was ill-advised to undertake the interview.'

But the research professor at the University of Plymouth said Andrew made a wise choice by not drawing the matter out for any longer.

'I don't think it's a monarchy in crisis. Even with a slimmed down monarchy, you have a large royal family, humanly-speaking somebody is always going to do something that gets well and truly disapproved of,' she said.

'It could have escalated into a more major crisis if the Duke of York had not done the honourable thing.'

Professor Rowbotham suggested the difficulties the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, had faced in 2019 were not as bad as the Queen's annus horribilis of 1992.

'Back in 1992, it was an annus horribilis. This has been a 'few weeks horribilis',' she suggested.

She added that Andrew's decision would be one of personal sadness for the monarch.

'I think it will be a great sadness for the Queen,' she said.

This isn't a short-term solution. It's early retirement: Queen's biographer ROBERT HARDMAN predicts a bleak future for Prince Andrew

By Robert Hardman for the Daily Mail

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace – and on the other side of the world.

At issue was not the responses to the question of whether the monarchy was fit for purpose, though it was telling that Jeremy Corbyn's answer – 'needs a bit of improvement' – got a much warmer studio reaction than Boris Johnson's line about the monarchy being 'beyond reproach'.

What really set off alarms across the Royal Household – and in Auckland, where the Prince of Wales was continuing his tour of New Zealand – was the simple fact that the monarchy was surfacing as a general election issue at all.

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June

Throughout the Queen's reign, it has been a cast-iron rule that the Gia đình hoàng gia keep their heads down during election campaigns.

They can go about their business but they must avoid making headlines until the polls have closed and a winner can be summoned to the Palace.

That is how democracy works under a constitutional monarchy.

It is the reason why the Queen apologised to the then prime minister, John Major, when the breakdown of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of York gatecrashed the general election campaign in 1992 – the year the Queen called her 'annus horribilis'.

Some Labour campaigners still cite all that deflected media coverage as a factor in Neil Kinnock's narrow defeat. That, however, was nothing compared to the detonation after Saturday night's BBC2 Newsnight interview in which the Duke of York attempted to explain his friendship with a convicted paedophile – and precipitated one of the gravest royal crises of the Queen's reign.

As a result, the election has now been relegated to the '…and in other news' section of most bulletins. Tuesday's Johnson v Corbyn ITV debate simply brought matters to a head.

The headlines had been dreadful for days. The corrosive effect of sponsors – including the royal accountants, KPMG – abandoning the duke's cherished [email protected] business initiative was just the start.

Far more wounding was the news that certain royal patronages were considering cutting their royal links.

It is patronages that underpin the royal role of those members of the Royal Family who are not in the direct line of succession. For the duke, they were his entire raison d'etre.

I understand that there was particular dismay when it emerged that the list of wavering charities included the Outward Bound Trust.

This was a much-loved patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh, a stalwart of the organisation since 1953, the year of the Coronation.

On Prince Philip's watch, the trust has expanded to more than 30 countries.

The Duke of York became involved 20 years ago as chair of the trustees and succeeded his father as patron eight months ago. His daughter, Princess Beatrice, sits on the board. For a charity so close to royal hearts to consider severing its royal links was profoundly worrying.

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace, writes Robert Hardman

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace, writes Robert Hardman

Tuesday's election debate, then, was the final straw.

Although the Duke of York's statement suggests that his retreat from the public stage has been his own idea, the decision had already been reached in telephone discussions between the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of the Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team.

It has also been reported that the Queen had been assured by him afterwards that the interview had been a great success.

The reality, I understand, is somewhat different.

Palace officials have made clear that while the Queen was made 'aware' of the impending interview, she did not approve it. By then, it was too late.

As for Prince Charles, he knew nothing about it. 'Don't imagine that she is fooled by any of this,' says one insider.

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of Andrew's Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of Andrew's Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team

During the fallout which has followed, the monarch and the heir to the throne have been in close two-way communication about the potential damage to the institution.

I also understand that the Duke of Cambridge has been more than a mere spectator. 'Don't forget he has a long-term stake in this too,' says one friend of the family.

It will have been immensely painful for the Queen to thrash this all out with the Duke of York during the meeting in her study at Buckingham Palace yesterday. But neither she nor he had any choice.

In as much as a member of the Royal Family can resign, that was the only course left open to him.

The duke will still be welcome at anything constituting a 'family' occasion – including appearances on the Palace balcony.

We can expect to see him with other members of the family walking to church on Christmas Day. However, there can be no further solo engagements. Nor will he be expected at next month's Palace reception for Nato heads of state.

Regular interaction with his 230 charities and military units will now cease. These patronages are now 'mothballed'.

He is not abandoning them. Nor will these charities feel obliged to abandon him or remove him from the letterhead. Despite the noise of recent days, many of these organisations remain loyal and supportive of a patron who has been a diligent supporter of their work over many years.

On the basis that everyone is innocent until proved guilty, some will simply leave things as they are and see how events unfold.

What is clear, however, is that this is not a short-term solution while things 'die down'. Until there is some sort of legal resolution, this is early retirement.

Palace officials understand the importance of getting a grip – and of being seen to get a grip – on the helm after the most turbulent royal year in more than two decades. Quite apart from family dramas – notably the obvious unhappiness of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in adapting to their new royal roles – the Queen has been embroiled in a serious constitutional crisis in recent months.

The ease with which the Queen was prevailed upon to grant an illegal prorogation of Parliament while at Balmoral in September left the monarchy looking ineffectual.

Though the monarch was, of course, constitutionally obliged to abide by Boris Johnson's formal request, some legal experts have suggested that, in years gone by, the Royal Household would have put up more of a fight and asked more questions.

I understand that No 10 has had no involvement in the Queen's decision to grant 'permission' for the duke to step aside from public duties. And after the events of recent months, the Queen will be in no hurry to seek the Prime Minister's advice on the matter, either. 'This decision has been entirely internal,' says one source.

However, once the election is over and the future occupancy of No 10 has been resolved, the Queen will feel obliged, once again, to apologise for the fact that a member of the family has shunted an election off the front pages.

That it was the same member of the family as last time, 27 years ago, will not be lost on anyone.

This isn't a short-term solution. It's early retirement: Queen's biographer ROBERT HARDMAN predicts a bleak future for Prince Andrew

By Robert Hardman for the Daily Mail

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace – and on the other side of the world.

At issue was not the responses to the question of whether the monarchy was fit for purpose, though it was telling that Jeremy Corbyn's answer – 'needs a bit of improvement' – got a much warmer studio reaction than Boris Johnson's line about the monarchy being 'beyond reproach'.

What really set off alarms across the Royal Household – and in Auckland, where the Prince of Wales was continuing his tour of New Zealand – was the simple fact that the monarchy was surfacing as a general election issue at all.

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June

Throughout the Queen's reign, it has been a cast-iron rule that the Gia đình hoàng gia keep their heads down during election campaigns.

They can go about their business but they must avoid making headlines until the polls have closed and a winner can be summoned to the Palace.

That is how democracy works under a constitutional monarchy. It is the reason why the Queen apologised to the then prime minister, John Major, when the breakdown of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of York gatecrashed the general election campaign in 1992 – the year the Queen called her 'annus horribilis'.

Some Labour campaigners still cite all that deflected media coverage as a factor in Neil Kinnock's narrow defeat. That, however, was nothing compared to the detonation after Saturday night's BBC2 Newsnight interview in which the Duke of York attempted to explain his friendship with a convicted paedophile – and precipitated one of the gravest royal crises of the Queen's reign.

As a result, the election has now been relegated to the '…and in other news' section of most bulletins. Tuesday's Johnson v Corbyn ITV debate simply brought matters to a head.

The headlines had been dreadful for days. The corrosive effect of sponsors – including the royal accountants, KPMG – abandoning the duke's cherished [email protected] business initiative was just the start.

Far more wounding was the news that certain royal patronages were considering cutting their royal links.

It is patronages that underpin the royal role of those members of the Royal Family who are not in the direct line of succession. For the duke, they were his entire raison d'etre.

I understand that there was particular dismay when it emerged that the list of wavering charities included the Outward Bound Trust.

This was a much-loved patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh, a stalwart of the organisation since 1953, the year of the Coronation. On Prince Philip's watch, the trust has expanded to more than 30 countries.

The Duke of York became involved 20 years ago as chair of the trustees and succeeded his father as patron eight months ago. His daughter, Princess Beatrice, sits on the board. For a charity so close to royal hearts to consider severing its royal links was profoundly worrying.

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace, writes Robert Hardman

As Tuesday night's televised election debate unfolded, there was mounting dismay at Buckingham Palace, writes Robert Hardman

Tuesday's election debate, then, was the final straw. Although the Duke of York's statement suggests that his retreat from the public stage has been his own idea, the decision had already been reached in telephone discussions between the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of the Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team.

It has also been reported that the Queen had been assured by him afterwards that the interview had been a great success. The reality, I understand, is somewhat different.

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of Andrew's Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team

It has been reported that the 93-year-old monarch had 'approved' of Andrew's Newsnight interview – the duke said as much to the Newsnight team

Palace officials have made clear that while the Queen was made 'aware' of the impending interview, she did not approve it. By then, it was too late.

WHAT NEXT FOR OUSTED PRINCE ANDREW?

HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's second son and third child.

He was married to Sarah, Duchess of York, before they divorced in the 1990s, and is the father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Andrew, 59, is eighth in line to the throne. He was born second in line in 1960.

He is expected to retain his official residence at Buckingham Palace. His private home is Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

Despite yesterday's developments, the duke is still a senior member of the royal family and will be given police protection by taxpayers.

His private life will continue to be financed privately by the Queen as it currently is. He also receives a Royal Navy pension.

The duke's office at Buckingham Palace is also paid for by the monarch from her private Duchy of Lancaster income, which is also used for any expenses he incurred from official duties.

Official royal travel came from taxpayers via the Sovereign Grant.

He will keep his title of HRH the Duke of York.

His statement referred to stepping back for the 'foreseeable future'. But experts said it is difficult to see how he could rebuild his reputation and return to royal duties.

The Yorks had been looking forward to another wedding in the family. Beatrice is set to marry property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year.

It is not known whether Beatrice will opt for a high-profile occasion like her sister Eugenie, or whether the current situation will impact her decision.

As for Prince Charles, he knew nothing about it. 'Don't imagine that she is fooled by any of this,' says one insider.

During the fallout which has followed, the monarch and the heir to the throne have been in close two-way communication about the potential damage to the institution.

I also understand that the Duke of Cambridge has been more than a mere spectator.

'Don't forget he has a long-term stake in this too,' says one friend of the family.

It will have been immensely painful for the Queen to thrash this all out with the Duke of York during the meeting in her study at Buckingham Palace yesterday. But neither she nor he had any choice.

In as much as a member of the Royal Family can resign, that was the only course left open to him.

The duke will still be welcome at anything constituting a 'family' occasion – including appearances on the Palace balcony.

We can expect to see him with other members of the family walking to church on Christmas Day.

However, there can be no further solo engagements.

Nor will he be expected at next month's Palace reception for Nato heads of state.

Regular interaction with his 230 charities and military units will now cease. These patronages are now 'mothballed'.

He is not abandoning them. Nor will these charities feel obliged to abandon him or remove him from the letterhead.

Despite the noise of recent days, many of these organisations remain loyal and supportive of a patron who has been a diligent supporter of their work over many years.

On the basis that everyone is innocent until proved guilty, some will simply leave things as they are and see how events unfold.

What is clear, however, is that this is not a short-term solution while things 'die down'.

Until there is some sort of legal resolution, this is early retirement.

Palace officials understand the importance of getting a grip – and of being seen to get a grip – on the helm after the most turbulent royal year in more than two decades.

Quite apart from family dramas – notably the obvious unhappiness of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in adapting to their new royal roles – the Queen has been embroiled in a serious constitutional crisis in recent months.

The ease with which the Queen was prevailed upon to grant an illegal prorogation of Parliament while at Balmoral in September left the monarchy looking ineffectual.

Though the monarch was, of course, constitutionally obliged to abide by Boris Johnson's formal request, some legal experts have suggested that, in years gone by, the Royal Household would have put up more of a fight and asked more questions.

I understand that No 10 has had no involvement in the Queen's decision to grant 'permission' for the duke to step aside from public duties.

And after the events of recent months, the Queen will be in no hurry to seek the Prime Minister's advice on the matter, either. 'This decision has been entirely internal,' says one source.

However, once the election is over and the future occupancy of No 10 has been resolved, the Queen will feel obliged, once again, to apologise for the fact that a member of the family has shunted an election off the front pages.

That it was the same member of the family as last time, 27 years ago, will not be lost on anyone.

All 200 of Prince Andrew's charities 'to seek new patrons' as he withdraws from public life – after one-by-one they distanced themselves from him over Jeffrey Epstein scandal

By Danyal Hussein for MailOnline

Prince Andrew's withdrawal from public life over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal means that all 200 of his charities will need to seek new patrons.

The Queen ordered the Duke of York to step down in an attempt to contain the fall-out from his disastrous TV interview about his friendship with the paedophile billionaire.

It comes as ten of the 35 worldwide sponsors of Andrew's beloved [email protected] charity pulled the plug on their support and funding.

After his sacking, palace sources confirmed charities he was affiliated with would no longer receive his patronage.

The Duke of York is a patron of the English National Ballet (pictured at the 2011 summer party) but his withdrawal from public life means that all of his 200 charities will need new patrons

The Duke of York is a patron of the English National Ballet (pictured at the 2011 summer party) but his withdrawal from public life means that all of his 200 charities will need new patrons

They refused to reveal how long his exile will last, telling the Times that charities finding other patrons 'was a matter for them'.

However, they did add that he would attend events like Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday as a member of the royal family.

Andrew's now-infamous interview triggered days of catastrophic headlines and caused a string of businesses and charities to desert him.

Following lengthy discussions with the Prince of Wales, who is touring New Zealand, the Queen summoned Andrew to Buckingham Palace and told him to step down yesterday.

Earlier, the English National Ballet also told MailOnline that it was reviewing Prince Andrew's role as patron, before his withdrawal from public life was announced.

The Duke of York's disastrous BBC interview and toxic friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has caused 'real concern' for the board of trustees and among staff that his official role could undermine their work with youngsters, it has been claimed.

These are the 35 businesses that support his start -up project: Pitch@Palace but ten have now quit. 5 businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road and five academic institutions:  Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne's RMIT,  University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada. The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two to stand by him

These are the 35 businesses that support his start -up project: [email protected] but ten have now quit. 5 businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road and five academic institutions:  Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne's RMIT,  University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada. The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two to stand by him

The 35 businesses that sponsor Andrew's charity – and the companies now pulling out after BBC disaster

Cutting ties

KPMG

Standard Chartered

Aon

Gravity Road

Advertising Week Europe

Bond University

Melbourne's RMIT University

Fondation Rideau Hall

University of Wollongong

Murdoch University

Standing by Andrew

Stelios Foundation

Li Ka Shing Foundation

Considering position

AstraZeneca

Barclays

Yet to respond

Bosch

Air Asia

Bank of China

JD.com

Tencent

Business Horizon International Group

InMotion

Arm

China Construction bank

Hult business school

Royal Academy of Engineering

Halkin Ventures

IMB Bank

Woodside

Tamkeen

The Chosunilbo

Khalifa Fund

Fieldhouse

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A source told Thơi gian: 'Everyone is hoping that it can be resolved without requiring collective discussion. But at some point it will require that discussion if he does not stand down. The trouble is he has a thick skin and I am sure he would be reluctant to'.

English National Ballet refused to comment on the alleged plot but a spokesman told MailOnline: 'The matter of English National Ballet's patronage is being discussed by its trustees. We have no further comment at this time'.

Andrew is the patron of 189 charities and organisations including 28 golf clubs and societies – who will all need new patrons now.

Five big businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road say they will no longer be involved. Five universities and education groups in Australia, Canada and the UK are also cancelling.

The Telegraph has claimed that other supporters have asked for reassurance that the Duke of York will quit completely to save the charity for young entrepreneurs from collapse.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the meeting and said this 'would be a matter for the respective organisations.

It came as Andrew finally broke cover 72 hours after his BBC catastrophe as he was banished from royal duties.

The Duke of York should have been meeting flood-hit communities in the north of England yesterday but instead he was diverted to Buckingham Palace as the backlash after his Newsnight special kept getting worse.

Before he was sacked, sources close to the Queen denied she had summoned her son from Windsor for crisis talks amid the furore over his interview about convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

They insisted it was 'business as usual' for the beleaguered royal and they angrily hit back at media coverage of the debacle, saying the public 'traducing' of the prince was turning into a 'personality-motivated witch-hunt'.

But his visit to the flood-hit towns of Fishlake and Stainforth in South Yorkshire was called off as big businesses abandoned him because of his toxic links to Epstein and allegations he had sex with the paedophile's 'slave' Virginia Roberts when she was 17.

Public confidence in him is also on the rocks after a poll found just one in 20 people who watched the Newsnight special were convinced by his bizarre alibis including being in Pizza Express on the night Virginia claims they had sex in London.

It has emerged that the Duke's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who remains close to Andrew, was the 'driving force' behind the Hoàng gia 's decision to conduct his disastrous TV interview that blew up in his face.

As the prince was put on desk duties, it has emerged:

Andrew was forced to cancel a visit to the flood-hit towns of Fishlake and Stainforth, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, yesterday. A source said his trip – which was not publicised in advance – was scrapped as a result of the fall-out from his BBC Newsnight interview.

But Buckingham Palace, while confirming that he had intended to quietly visit the area, denied this, saying it was due to electioneering in the region.

Andrew, pictured driving a Bentley followed by his security team in a Land Rover Discovery, as his trip to flood-hit South Yorkshire was scrapped. The Palace blamed electioneering up there but insiders contradicted this by claiming it was because of his BBC disaster

Andrew, pictured driving a Bentley followed by his security team in a Land Rover Discovery, as his trip to flood-hit South Yorkshire was scrapped. The Palace blamed electioneering up there but insiders contradicted this by claiming it was because of his BBC disaster

'The Duke was due to attend to offer his support and thanks to the emergency services but with an election campaign and a politician also visiting it was not appropriate for the visit to continue,' an official said.

Flood victim Pam Webb said she thought a visit by Andrew would not have been a good move as it would have detracted from the crisis.

She said: 'We would welcome a royal visit, but maybe not by him at this time. Efforts have to be focused on the flooding and what's happened here.'

Instead Andrew was spotted leaving his Windsor mansion, Royal Lodge, to drive himself into London in his £150,000 Bentley, on Tuesday morning. He parked up in the palace forecourt and remained there during the day.

Sources close to the prince expressed their anger at the interview's coverage, particularly reports over how firms were now pulling their support from his initiatives such as [email protected], a scheme for entrepreneurs.

One royal insider said: 'If you want to hammer a man while he is down then go for it, but Pitch has done, and is continuing to do, an immense amount of good work.'

The source said both of the prince's initiatives, [email protected] and digital awards scheme iDEA, had independent operating structures and had been built to 'weather any storms'.

But they also insisted that there were no plans for Andrew to step down as their figurehead.

'This is a witch-hunt and is, as far as anyone can see, one that is personality-motivated,' they said.

'If he had done something criminal then that would be one thing, but he hasn't. This is completely unfair and unbalanced.'

One source also reiterated that Andrew would be willing to co-operate with the US authorities investigating Epstein's crimes.

'He made clear in the interview that of course if anyone wants to ask him a question then of course he is going to answer it. It is ridiculous to think he wouldn't… but they haven't asked him yet,' they said.

Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy have written that Prince Andrew was brought down by greed, arrogance and jealousy. He is pictured here with Emily Maitlis ahead of his disastrous BBC interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy have written that Prince Andrew was brought down by greed, arrogance and jealousy. He is pictured here with Emily Maitlis ahead of his disastrous BBC interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

The source also reiterated that Andrew would be willing to co-operate with the US authorities investigating Epstein's crimes.

'He made clear in the interview that of course if anyone wants to ask him a question then of course he is going to answer it. It is ridiculous to think he wouldn't… but they haven't asked him yet,' they said.

Five multi-million pound businesses have cut ties with Prince Andrew's Dragons' Den-inspired charity and three more are now considering dumping the crisis-hit hoàng gia after his car crash BBC interview, MailOnline revealed.

Advertising Week Europe, which has supported the [email protected] project and was hailed as an official supporter by the prince, is the latest company to pull its backing for the beleaguered duke.

Bosses will not be inviting Andrew or his team to its four-day summit in London – one of the world's largest gatherings of advertising executives and experts being held in the capital next March.

A spokesman said: 'While our support for entrepreneurs remains just as strong, we can confirm that [email protected] will not be held as part of Advertising Week Europe 2020'.

Andrew's former supporters are in full retreat with the future of his charity for young entrepreneurs now looking precarious because of the Epstein scandal and damaging claims he had sex with his 17-year-old 'slave' Virginia Roberts three times.

[email protected] has been forced to delete the webpage hailing its 35 key backers – and five big businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road say they will no longer be working with the charity.

It is now known how much this will cost the charity, but KPMG was paying them £100,000-a-year.

Two of Australia's most prestigious universities, Bond University in Queensland and Melbourne's RMIT University, also severed their ties with the controversial royal's charity as are Murdoch University and the University of Wollongong.

There are also major doubts about whether the 189 leading charities and groups Andrew supports away from [email protected] will all stand by him. London Metropolitan University is considering whether to sack him as a patron and the University of Huddersfield says it is 'listening' to students left raging over the decision to back him as their Chancellor.

Standard Chartered revealed to MailOnline that its bosses have decided they will not be renewing its sponsorship when it ends in February.

[email protected] has lost five key sponsors and three more including AstraZeneca are formally considering whether to quit after his BBC disaster.

KPMG, one of London's big four accounting firms, was the first company to end its £100,000-a-year sponsorship last night in the face of 'adverse publicity'. Insurance giant Aon then asked for its name to be removed.

There are also major doubts over Andrew's links to 189 charities in the UK and abroad.

Andrew is a patron of the Outward Bound Trust (OBT) after he inherited the role from his father Prince Philip and the charity is holding a special meeting to discuss the issue later this week. The prince's daughter Beatrice is a trustee but will be excluded from taking part.

The University of Huddersfield is the only organisation to vocally back their Chancellor – but this has sparked insurrection among students who are lobbying Andrew to resign with a 'Not my Chancellor' campaign on campus and a major vote later this week.

And London Metropolitan University told MailOnline this afternoon they will review whether to keep Andrew as a patron at its next Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, November 26.

KPMG, one of London's big four accounting firms, was the first to admit it was protecting its reputation by ending its £100,000 a year sponsorship.

Insurance giant Aon asked for its name be removed from the scheme's website and drugs maker AstraZeneca said it was reviewing its relationship.

Children's charities and schools linked to Prince Andrew are also in disarray as they distanced themselves from the under-fire royal.

A string of major companies and charities are also examining their links with Andrew after his extraordinary TV interview on Saturday.

Children North East and The Children's Foundation, both charities Andrew lists on his official website, refused to tell MailOnline if he will keep his official role supporting them in light of the Epstein scandal.

The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) praised the duke's work with them since 2011 but also refused to say if their link with the prince remains.

Jeffrey Epstein's sex slave Virginia Roberts has filmed a BBC interview she will use to shatter Prince Andrew's denials they ever had sex when she was 17 as the royal's woes got worse.

The 35-year-old, who calls the Duke of York her 'abuser', spoke to Panorama before he spoke publicly for the first time to say they never met or had sex – even suggesting the world-famous picture of them together in London in 2001 could have been faked.

A source close to Ms Roberts says she 'made no bones about her thoughts on the Duke's denial' during her sit-down with Panorama, in which she is said to demand he 'comes clean'.

But she is said to be irate that her own interview has not been shown amid suggestions it was held back to ensure Andrew's sit-down with Emily Maitlis wasn't jeopardised – but BBC insiders claim it will form a wider Epstein investigation that is not yet ready to broadcast.

US-born Ms Roberts, who now uses her married surname Giuffre, spoke to Panorama in the US three weeks ago – but may have to be interviewed again to respond to the duke's bizarre alibis including being in Pizza Express on the night she claims they had sex in London.

Andrew also denied he allegations he 'sweated profusely' during intercourse by claiming he couldn't perspire for more than 20 years after an adrenaline-rush while being shot at in the Falklands War.

The Duke of Hazard: Embarrassing stunts, shocking misjudgments, and very shady friends… the photos that show Prince Andrew has never been far from a crisis

Prince Andrew, who has stepped down from public life for the foreseeable future over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has led a controversial life for decades.

From an astonishing relationship with a former actress, to sharing a luxury yacht with topless women, his reputation as a royal has often teetered on the brink.

Here, we take a look at some of the lows of a Duke who's never been far from causing a crisis…

Prince Andrew at a party with Koo Stark in 1999

Prince Andrew at a party with Koo Stark in 1999

PAINTING THE PRESS: Andrew sprays reporters with a paint gun from the window of an abandoned house in Los Angeles in April 1984. The Queen later ‘read him the riot act’

PAINTING THE PRESS: Andrew sprays reporters with a paint gun from the window of an abandoned house in Los Angeles in April 1984. The Queen later 'read him the riot act'

THE CLOWN PRINCE: Andrew plays his Joker with host Stuart Hall during the It’s A Royal Knockout in June 1987. The event was later described as undignified

THE CLOWN PRINCE: Andrew plays his Joker with host Stuart Hall during the It's A Royal Knockout in June 1987. The event was later described as undignified

INVITATION TO EVIL: Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell after Andrew invited them to a Sandringham shoot in 2000

INVITATION TO EVIL: Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell after Andrew invited them to a Sandringham shoot in 2000

PARTYING WITH THE SUPER-RICH: Prince Andrew again consorts with his billionaire pal Jeffrey Epstein (back right), this time in February 2000 at the Mar-a-Lago resort of Donald Trump and wife Melania. They are also pictured

PARTYING WITH THE SUPER-RICH: Prince Andrew again consorts with his billionaire pal Jeffrey Epstein (back right), this time in February 2000 at the Mar-a-Lago resort of Donald Trump and wife Melania. They are also pictured

BUST OF BUDDIES: Andrew looks goggle-eyed after getting an eyeful of supermodel Heidi Klum’s chest in November 2000

BUST OF BUDDIES: Andrew looks goggle-eyed after getting an eyeful of supermodel Heidi Klum's chest in November 2000

ALL HANDS ON DECK: The Prince holds hands with American supermodel Normandie White in Thailand in 2001

ALL HANDS ON DECK: The Prince holds hands with American supermodel Normandie White in Thailand in 2001

ALL HANDS ON DECK: sunbathing with a topless woman on a yacht on the same break in 2001

ALL HANDS ON DECK: sunbathing with a topless woman on a yacht on the same break in 2001

THAT INFAMOUS PICTURE: Andrew appears to hold Epstein victim Virginia Roberts, then 17, by the waist as the sex offender’s lover Ghislaine looks on in 2001

THAT INFAMOUS PICTURE: Andrew appears to hold Epstein victim Virginia Roberts, then 17, by the waist as the sex offender's lover Ghislaine looks on in 2001

A FAMILY BALL: The Yorks dress up in their glad rags to mark Beatrice’s 18th in 2006

A FAMILY BALL: The Yorks dress up in their glad rags to mark Beatrice's 18th in 2006

GIVING THE ROYAL WAVE: Andrew waves goodbye to a brunette he let out of the door of his friend Epstein’s New York home in December 2010

GIVING THE ROYAL WAVE: Andrew waves goodbye to a brunette he let out of the door of his friend Epstein's New York home in December 2010

GIVING THE ROYAL WAVE: Andrew walking with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park, New York, a day before he was pictured waving to a brunette from Epstein's door

GIVING THE ROYAL WAVE: Andrew walking with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park, New York, a day before he was pictured waving to a brunette from Epstein's door

TRADE WITH TYRANTS: Andrew was forced to step down as UK trade envoy for his links with Azerbaijan’s despot President Ilham Aliyev, here in Baku in 2011

TRADE WITH TYRANTS: Andrew was forced to step down as UK trade envoy for his links with Azerbaijan's despot President Ilham Aliyev, here in Baku in 2011

AIR-BRAINED SCHEME: ‘Airmiles Andy’ came in for more criticism in 2014 when he arrived in India for a tour of Mumbai’s slums on a private jet. He also stayed in a £10,000-a-night suite and had the use of a butler

AIR-BRAINED SCHEME: 'Airmiles Andy' came in for more criticism in 2014 when he arrived in India for a tour of Mumbai's slums on a private jet. He also stayed in a £10,000-a-night suite and had the use of a butler

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Stepping out, not stepping down: Princess Beatrice celebrates fiancé's birthday at Mayfair club hours after her father Prince Andrew withdrew from public life

By Danyal Hussein and Hayley Richardson for MailOnline

Princess Beatrice tried to keep a low profile last night as she visited a private member's club in Mayfair just hours after her father Prince Andrew announced his withdrawal from public life.

It is the first time Beatrice, 31, has been spotted since her father's 'car crash' BBC interview, and she tried to avoid the cameras as she visited Annabel's member's club in London to celebrate fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's birthday.

The Princess seemed to be in high spirits, wagging a finger at her partner playfully before entering the club through the backdoor.

It comes after the Queen sacked her 'favourite son' Prince Andrew from Royal duties following public outcry over his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Princess Beatrice spotted for the first time since her father Prince Andrews's highly controversial Newsnight interview with her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice spotted for the first time since her father Prince Andrews's highly controversial Newsnight interview with her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

She seemed keen to avoid the cameras as she visited a private member's club through the backdoor

It is the first time she has been seen since her father's interview with the BBC

She seemed keen to avoid the cameras as she visited a private member's club in Mayfair through the backdoor

Prince Andrew leaves Buckingham Palace after spending the afternoon there behind a desk on Tuesday - the first time he had been seen since his BBC interview

Prince Andrew leaves Buckingham Palace after spending the afternoon there behind a desk on Tuesday – the first time he had been seen since his BBC interview

Beatrice's sister, Princess Eugenie, also stepped out for the first time since their father's interview.

She flashed a strained smile as she left a charity dinner in London last night.

The royal, 29, who is married to Jack Brooksbank, had attended an event held by the Elephant Family, a small, dynamic non-profit organisation on a mission to save Asian elephants from extinction, of which she is patron.

The princess looked casually chic in a black long-sleeve polo neck mini-dress, which she teamed with a burgundy tunic and black knee-high boots.

She wore her hair in loose curls around her shoulders and carried a black leather handbag as she headed home from the dinner.

Princess Eugenie looked chic in a black long-sleeve polo neck mini-dress, as she stepped out for a charity dinner in London last night, the first time she had been spotted since her father's BBC interview

Princess Eugenie looked chic in a black long-sleeve polo neck mini-dress, as she stepped out for a charity dinner in London last night, the first time she had been spotted since her father's BBC interview

Eugenie sported a natural make-up look, opting for a pale pink lipstick and a slick of black eyeliner and mascara.

Prince Andrew's youngest daughter has so far ignored the criticism levelled at her him for his 'car crash' BBC interview with Emily Maitlis and has not passed comment on his involvement with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Hours after it aired she shared an adorable throwback picture of herself riding a pony.

She captioned the post: 'I guess someone wasn't too happy that day to be riding… Maybe it was my 90s oversized grown-up coat!'

Meanwhile her mother – Prince Andrew's ex-wife – Sarah Ferguson wrote on her Instagram that she was 'deeply supportive and proud' of her former husband, branding him a 'giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth'.

Last night the Duke of York issued a statement revealing the Queen has given her permission for him to 'step back from public duties for the foreseeable future' amid criticism over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

He said it had become clear to him that his friendship with the billionaire paedophile had caused 'major disruption' to the Royal Family's work.

Prince Andrew's youngest daughter, pictured on her wedding day last year, has so far ignored the criticism levelled at her him for his 'car crash' BBC interview with Emily Maitlis and has not passed comment on his involvement with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew's youngest daughter, pictured on her wedding day last year, has so far ignored the criticism levelled at her him for his 'car crash' BBC interview with Emily Maitlis and has not passed comment on his involvement with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

He also said that he is willing to help 'any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations' into the sex offender, who killed himself in prison while facing sex trafficking charges.

In the BBC interview, the prince spoke about his links with Epstein – who was found dead aged 66 earlier this year in a prison cell while being held on sex trafficking charges – and denied he ever had sex with the financier's 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts.

Prince Andrew maintained he does not recall meeting Miss Roberts and did not spend time with her at Tramp Nightclub in London on March 10 in 2001, after which she claims the pair first had sex.

Princess Eugenie took to Instagram and shared an amusing throwback photograph of her younger self pulling an animated face while riding a pony (pictured) hours after Prince Andrew's 'car crash' BBC interview

Princess Eugenie took to Instagram and shared an amusing throwback photograph of her younger self pulling an animated face while riding a pony (pictured) hours after Prince Andrew's 'car crash' BBC interview

The duke denied he slept with her on three separate occasions, saying the encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to Pizza Express in Woking for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.

A photograph apparently showing Andrew with his arm around then 17-year-old Roberts, now Giuffre, that evening and with Epstein's friend Ghislaine Maxwell standing in the background, has been widely published. Supporters of Andrew, however, have disputed its authenticity.

He also dismissed claims he was sweating profusely during their encounter because he had a 'peculiar medical condition' meaning he cannot sweat, caused by his experiences in the Falklands War.

The Duke of York (pictured during his interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC's Newsnight) is facing a furious backlash over his relationship with Epstein

The Duke of York (pictured during his interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC's Newsnight) is facing a furious backlash over his relationship with Epstein

More controversially, however, he said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein because of 'the opportunities I was given to learn' from him about trade and business.

He also revealed he believed he been acting 'honourably' in flying to New York to tell Epstein personally that he could no longer have anything to do with him, although admitted that 'in hindsight' this had been a mistake.

Princess Eugenie celebrated her first anniversary to husband Jack Brooksbank with an Instagram video highlight reel last month.

The couple invited 850 royals, aristocrats, VIPs and friends – 150 more than Harry and Meghan who married five months earlier – to their lavish ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018.

The tenth in line to the throne captioned the post: 'This was the greatest day of my life… Forever and always! Happy one year anniversary, my Jack!'



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