November 2019: The prince stepped down from his royal duties days after a disastrous BBC “Newsnight” interview.
Discussing the allegations in a BBC “Newsnight” interview with host Emily Maitlis on November 16, Andrew suggested that a photo that appears to show him with his hand around the waist of Roberts Giuffre was fake.
He also said during the interview that on the night Roberts Giuffre alleged they had dinner, partied at a club in London called Tramp, and later had sex, that he was at home with his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
The interview was perceived negatively and labeled a “car crash” by much of the British media.
Following the interview, a string of charities, businesses, and universities cut ties with Andrew, and, on November 20, the duke announced he would drop his royal duties.
“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,” Andrew said in a statement.
After saying that the Queen had given him her permission to step back from his duties, Andrew said he continues “to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”
He added that he would be “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”