Prince Andrew’s personal website, thedukeofyork.org, has been taken offline, and now the URL just redirects to his biography on the royal family’s main website royal.uk. There was no official announcement but the changes are likely a part of the royal family’s damage-control plan, as they attempt to deal with the fallout of very serious allegations against the prince.
For months, Prince Andrew has been dodging interviews from both the media and the police, as more information comes to light about his connections to Jeffrey Epstein and his child trafficking network. Andrew has been entirely removed from official royal life, and is now no longer fulfilling the “duties” that came along with his position. When his site was operational, it displayed information on Andrew’s business initiatives, outlined his naval career, and listed his key charity efforts. There were also links to profiles of his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Andrew’s biography on the royal’s official website links to the statement he made after his disastrous interview with Emily Maitliss on BBC’s Newsnight.
“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,” Andrews statement reads.
At his daughter’s wedding this past weekend, which was initially delayed over the scandal, Andrew was in attendance but was not allowed to appear in any of the photos.
After the arrest of alleged Epstein co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell, who is also said to be good friends with Andrew, the prince has canceled all of his travels and business trips outside of the UK, likely out of fears that he will be arrested as well.
Things continue to look worse for Andrew as more details come to light about his activities with Epstein. According to recent reports, one of Epstein’s former employees claims that she accidentally walked into what was described as a “television control room” at the billionaire’s $150-million New York mansion and found Maxwell and Epstein laughing at a topless female on one of the screens with Prince Andrew, but said she couldn’t determine her age.
“I couldn’t see all of Andrew so I don’t know if he was clothed or not. It looked like it was filmed in a bedroom. I don’t think Andrew knew he was being filmed,” Tiffany Doe, who was possibly using an alias, told the UK Sun.
New York prosecutors have said that the prince has “completely shut the door” on cooperating with authorities. They are now considering what further legal action can be taken.
Andrew continues to deny any wrongdoing or knowledge of Epstein’s many crimes, despite a growing body of evidence indicating that he was involved.
Manhattan Attorney Geoffrey Berman described the prince as a “co-conspirator.”