Britain's Prince Andrew has been embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Picture: AP
Britain's Prince Andrew has been embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Picture: AP

Andrew axed over Epstein links

Prince Andrew is being booted from public engagements because of his ties to late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

The Queen's son, who has been repeatedly named in court filings in the Epstein sex scandal, was due to appear as a royal guest at a string of upcoming formal engagements in Northern Ireland, reports the New York Post.

But several appearances have been scrapped - with one organiser saying the prince's presence would "change the narrative" of their event, according to Sky News.

 

Jeffrey Epstein took his own life last month. Picture: New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP
Jeffrey Epstein took his own life last month. Picture: New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP

 

FPrince Andrew said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s crimes. Picture: AP
FPrince Andrew said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s crimes. Picture: AP

The nixed appearances include the opening of a railway station after a $US6.1 million ($A9 million) overhaul, as well as several others that had yet to be formally listed over security concerns, the outlet said.

Andrew, 59, is still listed to attend a youth golf tournament that bears his title - the annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The club's committee has been warned it would be "inappropriate" for the prince to attend under such a black cloud but will not withdraw his invitation because he is a patron of the club, Sky News said.

 

Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, leaves court in the US. Of Prince Andrew she said: “He knows exactly what he’s done.” Picture: Getty Images
Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, leaves court in the US. Of Prince Andrew she said: “He knows exactly what he’s done.” Picture: Getty Images

Instead, Portrush is waiting to hear if the prince still plans to attend, according to the report.

A palace spokesman told Sky News that the prince still had "a full program in Northern Ireland."

Andrew's reputation has been tarnished over his friendship with Epstein, whom he was spotted strolling through Central Park with and at whose Upper East Side mansion he was seen staying, even after the former hedge fund manager was jailed for sex with a minor.

 

Prince Andrew with the royal family in June. Picture: Getty Images
Prince Andrew with the royal family in June. Picture: Getty Images

 

One of Epstein's main accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims she was forced to have sex with the royal when she was just 17.

"He knows exactly what he's done, and I hope he comes clean about it," Giuffre recently said of the prince.

However, the prince has called the claims "abhorrent" and later admitted it was a "mistake" to continue the friendship.

"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction," he insisted of Epstein, who took his own life on August 10 in his cell in a New York jail while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

 

Three women are suing the estate of Epstein and others in lawsuits that cite rape and other forced sex acts. Picture: AP
Three women are suing the estate of Epstein and others in lawsuits that cite rape and other forced sex acts. Picture: AP

 

 

This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.


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