Prince Andrew steps back from public duties

In the wake of an interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew said the Queen has given him permission to step back from his public duties.
3:13 | 11/21/19

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We begin with the bombshell from prince Andrew stepping back from his public duties after that interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein saying the queen herself has given him permission to do so. Eva pilgrim is here with the story. Boy, Eva, this was really stunning. Something we haven't seen if modern history. Completely new uncharted territory. A move some are calling unavoidable. The British papers reporting this morning that the queen fired her son in the aftermath of that interview. This morning, prince Andrew stepping whack. The 59-year-old asking his mother, the queen herself, for permission to take a break from his royal duties for the foreseeable future. Andrew releasing a statement iing it has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances-relateding to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work. I continue to unequivocally regret my ihl-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. The prince adding, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required. Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming, yes. Unbecoming? He was a sex offender. Yeah, I'm sorry. I'm being polite. In the sense that he was a sex offender. Reporter: Andrew's announcement coming days after this interview sparked backlash. He maintains despite multiple visits to several of Epstein's homes he never saw any indication of unlawful conduct involving underaged girls and ended his friendship with Epstein in 2010. In that interview prince Andrew also categorically denying any sexual contact with an underage accuser. I am not one to as it were hug and publicly displays of affection are not something that I do. Reporter: But several British outlets publishing pictures like these of the prince seeming to contradict his comments that he was not a partyer. Multiple businesses are now distancing themselves from Andrew and charities they were involved with. Hours after making his announcement, the queen making a public appearance at an event. No word of her son's change in responsibilities. This isn't the first time prince Andrew has pulled back from a public role due to his association with Epstein. I believe that -- In 2011 he lost the position as uk trade envoy, his suitability at the time called into question over not only his relationship with Epstein but also his diplomatic style and spending. His airline bill earning him the nickname air miles Andy. This is really unprecedented for a member of the royal family to have their reputation become so tarnished that they're forced to step back from their public Reporter: Since prince Andrew is no longer working for the palace, he will no longer receive public funds. He does, however, still have access to the queen's private funds if she so chooses. Forbes estimating the queen's private net worth at half a billion dollars with her pretax income tipping the scales at 27 million. And we will still see prince Andrew at public family events. He isn't being kicked out of the family but is no longer being paid to work as a royal, Michael. Thank you so much for that, Eva.

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