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Prince Andrew has 'done the right thing' says Sajid Javid
21 November 2019, 08:52
Sajid Javid told LBC Prince Andrew has done the right thing by stepping back from public life in the wake of the Jeffery Epstein scandal
Following the announcement from the Royal household that Prince Andrew planned to step back from public duties after criticism over his relationship with disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Nick Ferrari asked Sajid Javid if it was the right move.
The Chancellor said, firstly, his thoughts went out to Epstein's victims, and that Prince Andrew should do anything he could to help those victims.
He said: "I think the prince's statement speaks for itself," before adding, "I think it's the right course of action."
Mr Javid said: "I think he's done the right thing by putting out that statement, stepping back a bit and thinking more about those victims and if he can help."
In a statement issued by Prince Andrew, the royal said he's "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required."
He wrote: "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.
"Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission."I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
"His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure."I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."
Watch the whole exchange in the video at the top of the page.