The Duke of York has resigned from his role as patron of an outdoor education charity based in Cumbria.

The Outward Bound Trust takes young people on adventure and learning trips and has its headquarters at Hackthorpe, near Penrith.

The decision step down from the position follows a Prince Andrew's criticised BBC interview, aired at the weekend, in which he said he did not regret his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

It's been widely condemned with commentators questioning his responses and his unsympathetic tone.

His interview has been widely criticised. Credit: PA

Prince Andrew took over his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, as the patron of the trust in March 2019.

A spokesperson from Outward Bound Trust said the Prince's patronage was on the board meeting’s agenda this week.

A royal expert says Prince Andrew will spend a long period away from public duties due his damaged reputation and questionable judgement.