Prince Andrew made his first public assertion on Sunday, over a yr after saying that he was stepping away from public duties on account of his involvement with the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York spoke to members of the media concerning the lack of his father, Prince Philip, who died Friday at age 99, and mentioned his demise has left a “big void” for Queen Elizabeth. The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty had been married for over 70 years.
“I really feel very sorry and supportive of my mom, who’s feeling it, I feel, in all probability greater than everyone else,” the duke mentioned. “The queen ― as you’d count on ― is an extremely stoic particular person. She described his passing as a miracle.”
“She described it as having left an enormous void in her life. However we, the household, those which might be near her, are rallying round to make it possible for we’re there to help her,” he added. “And I do know that there’s a big quantity of help not only for her, however for everyone, as we undergo this monumental change.”
Andrew mentioned Philip was “exceptional” and that he beloved having him as a father.
“We’ve misplaced virtually the grandfather of the nation,” he added.
The Duke of York, who has been accused of raping a minor allegedly trafficked by Epstein, introduced in November 2019 that he was withdrawing from his public duties for the “foreseeable future” after a disastrous BBC “Newsnight” interview. Talking with journalist Emily Maitlis, Andrew didn’t condemn his former buddy or specific sympathy for his victims, for which he later apologized.
“I can solely hope that, in time, they may be capable of rebuild their lives. After all, I’m keen to assist any acceptable regulation enforcement company with their investigations, if required,” he mentioned.
The duke has repeatedly denied the rape allegations towards him and has but to cooperate with any regulation enforcement company.
Andrew’s feedback about his father over the weekend are formally his first public statements since November 2019. He briefly returned to the general public eye in early 2020 for a personal engagement with China’s ambassador to the U.Okay., however they didn’t go to in any kind of official capability.
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