Prince Andrew received permission from his mother Queen Elizabeth II to remove himself from royal duties. The announcement follows a backlash from a recent BBC interview that saw the Prince try to substantiate the extent of his friendship with convicted sex offender and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Since the interview, several companies and charities have distanced themselves from the Duke.
Is Prince Andrew regretful? He now says that he "deeply sympathizes" with Epstein's victims. The statement comes after the Duke was heavily criticized for failing to express any concern for the victims during his BBC interview on Saturday night.