In the interview, Prince Andrew repeatedly denied allegations he slept with a 17-year-old girl introduced to him by Epstein and claimed he didnât recall having ever met her.
However, his failure to publicly regret his friendship with the disgraced financier caused many to condemn the interview as an ill-judged move.
More than 20 charities have cut ties with Andrew since last Saturday, prompting the Duke to resign from royal duties for âthe foreseeable future.â
On Wednesday he issued a statement to confirm he was stepping back from public life.
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