Prince Andrew to Step Down as UK Trade Envoy

By: AP
By: AP

LONDON (AP) -- Buckingham Palace says Prince Andrew has decidedto 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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