Prince Andrew, Duke of York

second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1960)

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD (Andrew Albert Christian Edward; born 19 February 1960) is a member of the British royal family. The third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as of September 2022 he is eighth in the line of succession to the British throne, and the first person in the line who is not a descendant of his older brother, King Charles III. He is the father of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie with his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

Virginia Giuffre claimed that, as a 17-year old, she was sex trafficked to Prince Andrew by the American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The prince denied any wrongdoing. Following criticism for his association with Epstein and his interview with Emily Maitlis in a special edition of Newsnight in November 2019, he resigned from public roles in May 2020, and his honorary military affiliations and royal charitable patronages were returned to his mother Queen Elizabeth II in January 2022. He was the defendant in a civil lawsuit over sexual assault filed by Giuffre in the State of New York, which was settled out of court in February 2022.

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Prince Andrew & the Epstein ScandalEdit

  • the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.
  • I kick myself for, on a daily basis, because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family,” he said. “And we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.
  • If you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody [...] You have to … take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget it’s very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.
  • [Explaining that he could not have had sex with Virginia Giuffre at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell] I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose four or five in the afternoon. And then because the duchess [Sarah Ferguson] was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there.
  • [Explaining why he stayed at the New York home of Epstein, a convicted child sex offender, in 2010.] It was a convenient place to stay... At the end of the day, with the benefit of all the hindsight one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do. But at the time, I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do. And I admit fully that my judgment was probably coloured by my tendency to be too honourable but that is just the way it is.

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