In the end, it was his mom who told Andrew he had to go

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In the end, it was his mom who told Andrew he had to go

As the scandal-besieged Duke of York steps down from public life, we look at how his own stupidity was his downfall

Camilla Tominey

In less than a week, he went from scant coverage of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein to stepping down from royal duties amid an unprecedented maelstrom of bad publicity.

In the light of Wednesday night’s announcement, it seems preposterous that the Duke of York had expected his hour-long interview on Newsnight to “draw a line” under the sex scandal that has now engulfed him.

Following years of scrutiny over his links to the billionaire financier, this was the 59-year-old’s opportunity to finally set the record straight on why he stayed with the convicted paedophile after his release from prison – as well as addressing repeated allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a 17-year-old, in 2001...

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