Prince Andrew quits as trade envoy

The Duke of York faced calls to step down as the U.K.’s special representative for international trade and investment after his links to shamed American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein were exposed in March (11).

He announced on Thursday (21Jul11) he is quitting after 10 years as Britain’s trade envoy, a role which has attracted criticism over his frequent luxury trips abroad.

The prince has been friends for years with Epstein, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 after being convicted of child sex offences.

There is no suggestion of any impropriety on the British royal’s part.