Prince Andrew returns to official duties
Britain’s Prince Andrew has returned to official duties after a US judge struck out sex allegations made against him.
The Duke of York toured the site of manufacturing giant AzkoNobel and highlighted its support for the charity Outward Bound Trust yesterday (13.04.15), six days after a judge removed allegations made against him from civil court records.
A woman named Virginia Roberts had claimed she’d been forced by the 55-year-old royal’s disgraced former friend Jeffery Epstein to have sex with the Duke when she was just 17-years-old.
However, Prince Andrew – who has daughters Princess Eugenie, 25, and Princess Beatrice, 26, with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson – has vehemently denied the allegations since they first emerged at the start of the year.
Asked if he was still happy to be associated with Andrew, AzkoNovel’s UK managing director Matt Pullen is reported by the Daily Express newspaper to have said: “To be honest this is a long-standing engagement, he’s the patron of the Outward Bound Trust, who we have a fantastic relationship with, and it’s great to have him here.”
Andrew made a speech about how important it is that the Slough-based firm – who are best known for their Dulux paint range – support the trust during his visit.
He said: “We need to encourage young people today, to understand there is a need for leadership and there is a need for teamwork and that’s different to management.
“This is about actually encouraging young people to recognise they have more in them than they ever realised before.”