Prince Andrew takes break from royal duties amid Epstein scandal

An interview with the BBC, in which he discussed his relationship with the convicted sex offender, has sparked intense backlash.
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New fallout at this hour for prince Andrew in Britain, after his very controversial interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The prince announcing he is now stepping away from his royal duties for the foreseeable future. Here's ABC's Eva pilgrim tonight on the fallout. Reporter: Tonight, in what some are calling an unavoidable move, prince Andrew taking a break from his royal duties after scrutiny over the interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. But you were staying at the Yes. -- Of a convicted sex offender. It was a convenient place to stay. Reporter: The prince claiming he last visited Epstein to cut off contact with him, but stayed at his home for several days. That interview sparking intense backlash. Multiple sponsors ending their relationship with the royal. The prince acknowledging in a statement that association has become a, quote, "Major disruption to my family's work," writing, "Therefore, I have asked her majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future and she has given her permission. I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein." In that interview, prince Andrew categorically denying any sexual contact with an underage accuser. I am not one to, as it were, hug. And public 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 partier. The 59-year-old maintains that despite multiple visits to several of Epstein's homes, he never saw any indication of unlawful conduct involving underage girls. And David, a member of the royal family stepping aside from their official role due to controversy is unprecedented in the modern since prince Andrew is no longer working for the palace, he will no longer receive public funds. He does have access to the queen's private funds if she so chooses, David. Unprecedented move. 'Have a, thank you. To other news, and to two

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