Prince Andrew resigns as patron of English National Ballet

The decision comes after the prince's decision to step back from public duties in the wake of a disastrous interview with BBC's Newsnight

Prince Andrew (Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew (Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew has resigned as royal patron of the English National Ballet amid the fallout of his controversial BBC Newsnight interview, the charity has confirmed. 

In a statement, the charity said that because of the prince’s decision to step back from public duties he had offered his resignation, which was accepted with immediate effect.

"HRH the Duke of York has been patron of English National Ballet since 2001 and we would like to thank him for the all the support he has given us for the last 18 years," the statement said.

Prince Andrew announced last week that he was stepping back from public duties for the foreseeable future after the public outcry over his Newsnight interview, which focused on his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.

Epstein committed suicide earlier this year while in prison awaiting trial in the US on sex-trafficking charges.

In the wake of the interview, Prince Andrew has also stepped down as royal patron of the Outward Bound Trust and resigned from his role as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

According to the royal household website, Prince Andrew is involved with 198 charities, many of which are small organisations, including numerous golf clubs.

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