Prince Andrew to step down as UK trade envoy

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2011 2:32 PM
Prince Andrew to step down as UK trade envoy

Buckingham Palace says Prince Andrew has decided to relinquish his post as U.K. trade envoy.

Andrew, the queen's second son, has faced heaploads of pressure to step down as a British trade envoy because of a string of unfortunate relationships.

He hosted the son of Tunisia's dictator shortly before a popular uprising overthrew the leader, has ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime and is friends with billionaire U.S. sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Since becoming a special trade representative in 2001, Andrew has also drawn criticism for reportedly taking lavish trips in his role as an unpaid trade ambassador.

The palace said Thursday that Andrew will continue to support U.K. interests and travel overseas as a senior working member of the royal family.