22 Jul 2011

Prince Andrew to stand down as UK trade envoy

1:59 pm on 22 July 2011

The Duke of York is to stand down as UK trade envoy.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Andrew will give up his title as Britain's special representative for Trade and Investment.

The BBC reports the prince has been criticised over his friendship with controversial figures, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier.

The prince has held the role as UK envoy since 2001. His remit was to promote UK business interests abroad.