Prince Andrew stands down as UK trade envoy

Friday July 22, 2011

Prince Andrew has stepped down from his role as UK trade envoy.

The move comes after criticism over his relationship with a US billionaire and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.

Buckingham Palace has said that he will "continue to support business in the UK" but will have no specialised role.

It's thought the Prince will serve as a figurehead in the campaign to increase the number of industrial apprenticeships and training for young people.

Andrew also came under scrutiny for his use of private jets and helicopters as opposed to scheduled flights. 

In March, his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York apologised for her judgement of error in allowing the American tycoon to pay off her debts.

He was convited of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008.

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