Prince Andrew’s ‘out of control’ life since ‘car crash’ interview

It has been two years since Prince Andrew was slammed for his heavily-criticised BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.

The bombshell interview which has been described by many as a "car crash" saw the Duke of York speak at length about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew has consistently denied any accusations that he was involved in any wrongdoing with his links to Epstein, including that he had sex with 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre.

In arguably the most notorious comments from the interview, Andrew claimed he was medically unable to sweat and used details of a visit to Pizza Express as an alibi.

Immediately after the interview, the royal's life began to drastically change and he has now stepped fully away from public duties in the Firm.

Just a few days after the interview was broadcast, Andrew explosively quit royal public life "for the foreseeable future", Mirror reports.

In a statement, approved by the Queen, the Duke of York said: "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.

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"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.

"His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

"I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."

Weeks on from the interview, the Royal Family celebrated Christmas 2019 at Sandringham and greeted well-wishers in the annual tradition as they walked to church.

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Andrew was no where to be seen, instead attending a quieter service which took place earlier in the morning so he would miss the crowds.

Four months on from the interview, Andrew turned 60 and was given would have been able to obtain his Navy promotion.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said at the time: “By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday.

"Following the decision by His Royal Highness to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, the Duke of York has asked the Ministry of Defence if this promotion might be deferred until such time that His Royal Highness returns to public duty.”

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In July 2020 Princess Beatrice got married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in an extremely low-key ceremony in Windsor with less than 20 guests in attendance due to Covid restrictions.

Prince Andrew, Beatrice's father, was notably missing from the official wedding photos that were released to the public.

The Queen and Prince Philip were the only royals shown posing with the bride and her new husband.

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Earlier this year, Virginia Giuffre began the process of suing Andrew in a civil case in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

Giuffre alleges that she was told by Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the Prince at Epstein's mansion in New York and other locations.

Earlier this month, a judge said Andrew should be prepared for a trial late next year on accusations. Prince Andrew vehemently denies any accusations of wrongdoing over his links to Epstein, including allegations he had sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old. He says that he has 'no recollection' of meeting her.

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