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Does the Duke STILL not get it? Royal Family step in AGAIN and force Prince Andrew to cancel junket to Bahrain he was about to jet off on a day after 'stepping back' from public duties

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 21/11/2019 Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent and Claire Duffin For The Daily Mail and Josh White For The Daily Mail

Prince Andrew was last night forced to pull out of a work junket to Bahrain this weekend after being persuaded by his family that it was 'not a good idea' following this week's dramatic events.

Video: Prince Andrew steps back from Royal duties (Time)

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He had planned to fly to the Middle East to attend an event connected with his Pitch@Palace initiative – less than 72 hours after being forced to retire from royal duties over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew arrives at Buckingham Palace and gets out of his Bentley around noon today before heading to a Pitch@Palace meeting in Dubai after the Queen sacked him from royal duties © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Andrew arrives at Buckingham Palace and gets out of his Bentley around noon today before heading to a Pitch@Palace meeting in Dubai after the Queen sacked him from royal duties But hours after the Daily Mail contacted Buckingham Palace to say it was about to reveal details of Andrew's foreign jaunt, sources said he had decided to cancel it. 

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting in a car: Prince Andrew (pictured leaving Buckingham Palace today) was told to cancel his trip to Bahrain amid the controversy over his friendship with Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Andrew (pictured leaving Buckingham Palace today) was told to cancel his trip to Bahrain amid the controversy over his friendship with Epstein

'He was persuaded by his family that it was not a good idea in light of this week's events,' they said. Despite the setback, he seemed upbeat yesterday. Dressed in a suit and tie, he gave a wave and a smile as he drove away from his family home in Windsor Great Park.

Sarah Ferguson driving a car: Pictured: Sarah Ferguson arrives at Buckingham Palace, central London, today after coming out in support of Prince Andrew in light of the backlash over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured: Sarah Ferguson arrives at Buckingham Palace, central London, today after coming out in support of Prince Andrew in light of the backlash over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein Later his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson was also all smiles as she was seen arriving at Buckingham Palace. Furore over Andrew's former friendship with paedophile Epstein continued yesterday as:

■The duke walked away from some of his most beloved charities and organisations as he began the humiliating process of withdrawing from public life;

■The Outward Bound Trust said he had stepped down as patron while the University of Huddersfield said he had resigned as Chancellor;

■Lawyers for Epstein's victims said they planned to subpoena Andrew, raising the prospect he could be questioned under oath about what he knows.

a passenger seat of a car window: The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace this afternoon after carrying out investitures and heads to Windsor amid the furious backlash about her son's friendship with Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace this afternoon after carrying out investitures and heads to Windsor amid the furious backlash about her son's friendship with Epstein The prince announced on Wednesday evening his intention to 'step back from public duties for the foreseeable future' after he was widely criticised for his comments during a BBC Newsnight interview.

He was accused of showing a lack of empathy for Epstein's victims and no remorse over his friendship with the financier. But yesterday's cancelled plans to go to Bahrain proved, however, that he still clearly plans to continue working on private initiatives.

a close up of a newspaper: Last Friday, Sarah came out in support of Andrew with a statement posted on social media in which she praised his 'sense of honour and truth' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Last Friday, Sarah came out in support of Andrew with a statement posted on social media in which she praised his 'sense of honour and truth'

A source close to Andrew put a positive spin on this week's dramatic events, saying: 'Despite everything the duke is getting a lot of support. The entrepreneurs he helps have been tremendously sweet and kind. This really feels like a witch-hunt. He'd been hounded about this since 2011 non stop. So he's very positive about it actually. He can concentrate on clearing his name.'

a man driving a car: The Duke leaves the Royal Lodge family home at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire this morning after he stepped down from royal duties yesterday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke leaves the Royal Lodge family home at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire this morning after he stepped down from royal duties yesterday Losing his patronage of the Outward Bound Trust will be a major blow to the duke, who only took over the role earlier this year, succeeding his father, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Gallery: Inside Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein's controversial 20-year friendship (Business Insider)


The charity helps disadvantaged children through outdoor activities. The University of Huddersfield had earlier stood by the duke but announced he was stepping down last night following an outcry by students.

Jeffrey Epstein wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Epstein (pictured) killed himself while facing trafficking charges © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Epstein (pictured) killed himself while facing trafficking charges

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions also announced yesterday that the duke was no longer its president. Andrew is patron of around 200 charities and groups and more resignations are now likely to follow.

It has been made clear that Andrew is very keen to keep his Pitch@Palace initiative, a Dragon’s Den-style scheme which helps find funding and provides mentoring for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs which he founded in 2014. 

Prince Andrew, Duke of York et al. posing for the camera: Andrew appears to hold Jeffrey Epstein's victim Virginia Roberts, then 17, by the waist as the sex offender’s lover Ghislaine Maxwell looks on in 2001 in London © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Andrew appears to hold Jeffrey Epstein's victim Virginia Roberts, then 17, by the waist as the sex offender’s lover Ghislaine Maxwell looks on in 2001 in London The project is said to have created 6,000 jobs over give years and was, one courtier said, one of the ‘few’ real success stories of Andrew’s roller-coaster royal career.

He was fighting ‘tooth and nail’ to keep it – hence his defiance in initially planning to travel to Bahrain this weekend.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein Royal officials confirmed yesterday that he would continue working on it but made clear that he would do so without the support of Buckingham Palace. 

While Andrew’s decision to step back from public life means he will no longer be able to pick up the bill for expensive travel from taxpayers, he is still likely to pocket as much as £250,000 a year, the sum he is rumoured to receive privately from the Queen to run his office.

a group of people sitting around a living room: The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday which led to a furious backlash about the prince's friendship with Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday which led to a furious backlash about the prince's friendship with Epstein Unlike the Sovereign Grant, which is government money, Andrew’s annual upkeep is paid from the Privy Purse, which is provided by the Duchy of Lancaster – land and assets owned by the Queen.

■More than half the public believe the prince did not tell the truth about his relationship with Epstein during his interview, a poll found. Just six per cent of the 1,600 adults surveyed thought he was being honest, according to the YouGov survey for The Times. Another 43 per cent said they did not know.

  


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