Prince Andrew said the queen gave him permission to resign from public office "for the near future" after a storm of criticism following an interview about his association with convicted felon Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement issued late Wednesday, the Duke of York said he "unequivocally" regretted his relationship with the disgraced financier and was willing to assist in ongoing investigations.
"It has become clear to me in recent days that the circumstances surrounding my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work that is going on in the many charitable organizations and organizations I am proud to support," Said Prince Andrew.
"Therefore, I asked His Majesty if I can waive public duties in the near future, and she has given her permission."
A royal source told CNN that the Duke of York made the decision to leave the public service after discussion with the queen, the Prince of Wales and others. The source said the decision was the best and that nothing was more important to the family than the institution itself.
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