PUBLISHED: 14:52, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:57, Wed, Sep 2, 2020
Andrew announced his decision to step back from his public duties back in November, just days after his ‘car-crash’ interview with BBC Newsnight. The Duke of York had answered a range of questions on his association with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was arrested last year on charges of sexual abuse towards young women and girls. He killed himself in jail last year before his trial could begin. US authorities are still investigating Epstein’s alleged international sex trafficking ring and arrested his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, who has a well-known friendship with Andrew, last month.
Her arrest has renewed public interest in Andrew and his association with both Epstein and Ms Maxwell, and US authorities have even asked the royal to assist with their investigation as a witness.
Andrew’s legal team say they have offered to help on at least three separate occasions, while the FBI argues against such a claim.
Still, Andrew has been on the receiving end of a stream of allegations, too, from Virginia Giuffre.
She claims she was trafficked by Epstein and Ms Maxwell, and when she was just 17 years old, the pair pushed her to have sex with Prince Andrew on three separate occasions, in 2011.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (Image: Getty)
Andrew can reportedly still use his HRH status (Image: Getty)
Andrew and Buckingham Palace have vehemently denied the claims.
The royal told BBC Newsnight that he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady”.
In an official statement, the Palace said: “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
"Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Although Andrew has shunned the limelight since last November, he has still met some criticism.
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Andrew's association with Jeffrey Epstein spans several years -- pictured in 2000 (Image: Getty)
Royal commentator Nigel Cawthorne, author of the 2020 book ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’, recently questioned why the Duke of York still had access to the Sovereign Grant and his HRH status.
Speaking on HeirPod with Omid Scobie earlier this week, Mr Cawthorne said: “What surprises me is