Prince Andrew to 'step back' from public duties over Jeffrey Epstein relationship

039;Jane Doe 15' who accuses the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her when she was a child holds a press conference at the office of her attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles California

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The prince gave an interview to the BBC that was broadcast last Saturday and that roused the ire of critics who accused him of showing little concern for Epstein's sex-abuse and sex-trafficking victims.

Britain's Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his "ill-judged" association with late US financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family's work.

Several national media in Britain reported the decision was linked to adverse publicity around Andrew at that time.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring RMIT is a safe and inclusive place to work and study", the university said.

The announcement also comes days after the BBC broadcast an hourlong interview with Andrew for which he has been roundly panned over a perceived lack of sympathy for Epstein's victims.

It said it is reviewing its work in iDEA.

An increasing number of organisations and initiatives backed by Andrew have said they were not renewing or would review their support because of the revelations.

AstraZeneca's three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace is due to expire at the end of this year and is being reviewed, and Outward Bound Trust, of which Andrew is patron, is to hold a board meeting to discuss the matter.

After the interview, some charities and universities said they were reviewing their association with the prince. The allegations made him "an utterly unsuitable representative", they said.

Epstein's NY indictment referred to unnamed employees who prosecutors said were involved in his alleged crimes in the early 2000s by accepting payment to arrange massages that led to sex acts with young girls, then encouraging them to recruit others.

Asked during a TV election leadership debate with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday whether the monarchy was fit for goal, Corbyn said: "It needs a bit of improvement".

Asked during a televised election leadership debate with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday whether the monarchy was fit for goal, Corbyn said: "It needs a bit of improvement". Veteran socialist Corbyn said it "needs a bit of improvement".

But a spokesman said the prince would be continuing his work supporting entrepreneurship, science, technology, young people and skills.

Buckingham Palace has not commented directly on Andrew's interview.

"He might have been a much stronger voice advising Andrew if he had been around more". "He does not tolerate racism in any form".

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