Prince Andrew’s official website has been quietly taken down with visitors redirected to the official royal page – but his social media accounts remain active amid scandal over his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell
- Prince Andrew’s thedukeofyork.org site now redirects to the main royal.uk page
- Duke’s page on the royal site remains and says he has stepped back from duties
- Includes November 2019 statement regarding association with Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew’s official website has been quietly taken down, with visitors now automatically redirected to the Royal Family’s main site.
The Duke of York’s Twitter and Instagram accounts remain active, however no posts have been shared since he stepped back from his public duties in November 2019.
Anyone trying to access thedukeofyork.org is now taken to the 60-year-old duke’s section on the main royal.uk page, which features the statement Andrew released regarding his association with the paedophile.
Earlier this month Andrew’s friend and Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested over her links to the dead billionaire.
Prince Andrew’s official website has been quietly taken down, with visitors now automatically redirected to the Royal Family’s main site
Anyone trying to access thedukeofyork.org is now taken to the 60-year-old’ Duke’s section on the main royal.uk page (pictured), which features the statement Andrew released regarding his association with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in November 2019
Yesterday Prince Andrew was seen looking relaxed and happy hours after Maxwell cried in the dock when a judge denied bail, ruling she must remain in jail for at least a year pending her trial on sex trafficking charges.
The court heard she is secretly married but her mystery spouse was not named. Maxwell pleaded not guilty via video link.
The Duke of York was spotted laughing uproariously with his bodyguard as he drove out of the gates of Windsor Castle, where he has been keeping a low profile at his lodge in the grounds of his mother the Queen’s estate.
Earlier this week Donald Trump’s Attorney General insisted that his prosecutors ‘definitely’ want to speak to the royal about his friendship with Epstein and his alleged madam.
Earlier this month Andrew’s friend and Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured with the prince at Royal Ascot in 2000) was arrested over her links to the dead billionaire
Maxwell, left, was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in August. She is now in custody in Brooklyn. Epstein killed himself in jail last August. Some believe he was murdered
Prince Andrew is involved in a war of words with the US authorities over whether he will assist their inquiries into the sex crimes of his friend Epstein, who hanged himself in a New York jail cell last summer.
Last week the US Attorney General Bill Barr said that Andrew must speak to the FBI and his team ‘definitely’ want to interview him.
He said: ‘The department wants to talk to Prince Andrew. That’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to communicate with him. We’ve made it clear that we’d like to communicate with him’.
A source close to Prince Andrew previously told DailyMail.com that he was ‘bewildered’ by the ongoing claims that he wasn’t cooperating, and says his team tried to reach prosecutors several times.
Prince Andrew (pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview last year) is under increasing pressure to give evidence to the FBI about Jeffrey Epstein – lawyer for some of the victims, Gloria Allred, says Andrew wants an invitation ‘on a silver platter’
According to reports, Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced late British newspaper tycoon Robert, introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein.
One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York on three occasions – allegations emphatically denied by the Queen’s second son.
After the hearing, Miss Roberts said she was ‘thrilled’, adding: ‘Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey Epstein would not have been able to fulfil his sick desires.
Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London and the Duke of York is in a war of words with the US authorities and the royal insists he is willing to speak to them about Jeffrey Epstein
‘Ghislaine preyed on me when I was a child. The rest of her life should be spent behind bars.’
Prince Andrew has seen his legal team ‘ghosted’ by US prosecutors as they claim to have made repeated offers of help in the Jeffrey Epstein case – including in the last 10 days.
Sources close to the Duke of York’s legal team say they have contacted Department of Justice representatives in the US on a number of occasions since they were first contacted at the beginning of the year.
In February the duke’s name was removed from the website of his Dragon’s Den-style project [email protected], which brokers deals between tech start-ups and wealthy investors, after the organisation moved its base from Buckingham Palace to a new office.
Prince Andrew’s final Twitter and Instagram posts include the statement he released in November 2019 regarding his association with the late sex offender.
Prince Andrew’s final Twitter and Instagram posts include the statement he released in November 2019 regarding his association with the late sex offender
It reads: ‘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.
‘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.’
How Duke of York’s annual meetings with Epstein including after he was sent to jail caused Prince Andrew decades of trouble
Here is a timeline of the duke’s relationship with Epstein.
Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein ‘infrequently’, adding ‘probably no more than only once or twice a year’.
Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein and Ms Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew’s 40th birthday, the Princess Royal’s 50th, the Queen Mother’s 100th and Princess Margaret’s 70th.
Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew ‘three times, including one orgy’, with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell’s London townhouse. Ms Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew on two more occasions, at Epstein’s New York home and at an ‘orgy’ on his private island in the Caribbean.
Epstein admits prostituting minors and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Epstein is released from jail. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in New York’s Central Park.
Footage emerges years later, reportedly shot on December 6 2010, showing him inside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, from where he is seen looking out from a large door of the property waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get into a chauffeur-driven car.
The duke quits his role as UK trade envoy after the fallout from the Central Park photos.
Buckingham Palace denies Andrew has committed any impropriety after he is named in US court documents related to Epstein. A woman, later named in reports as Ms Roberts, alleges in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state.
In April the claims against Andrew are struck from US civil court records following a federal judge’s ruling.
Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claimed Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace said the allegations are ‘categorically untrue’.
Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.
Later that month a pilot on Epstein’s private jet claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Ms Roberts.
On November 16, the prince gave a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and addressed allegations of his own sexual conduct.
The duke denied he slept with Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party. The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.
He cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Miss Roberts, when a teenager.
Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested in New Hampshire as pressure grows on Andrew to speak to the FBI.
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