His dra­matic state­ment

ROYAL COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

Scottish Daily Mail - - Outcast Andrew -

It has be­come clear to me over the last few days that the cir­cum­stances re­lat­ing to my for­mer as­so­ci­a­tion with Jef­frey Ep­stein has be­come a ma­jor dis­rup­tion to my fam­ily’s work and the valu­able work go­ing on in the many or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties that I am proud to sup­port.

There­fore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from pub­lic du­ties for the fore­see­able fu­ture, and she has given her per­mis­sion.

I con­tinue to un­equiv­o­cally regret my ill-judged as­so­ci­a­tion with Jef­frey Ep­stein. His sui­cide has left many unan­swered ques­tions, par­tic­u­larly for his vic­tims, and I deeply sym­pa­thise with ev­ery­one who has been af­fected and wants some form of clo­sure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to re­build their lives. Of course, I am will­ing to help any ap­pro­pri­ate law en­force­ment agency with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, if re­quired.

Wed­nes­day 20th Novem­ber, 2019

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