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Prince Andrew resigns from role at the York Minster Fund

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Prince Andrew has resigned from his role as Royal Patron at the York Minster Fund almost one month after the television interview which resulted in him stepping back from public duties.

The Duke of York has faced criticism over his contact with the late US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was a convicted sex offender. Virginia Giuffre who is from America says she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with the Duke in 2001, when she was a teenager.

While Prince Andrew continues to strenuously deny he had any contact with her, his work as patron and supporter of many organisations, including a number in our region, has been scaled back.

The fund raises around £1 million every year to help fund the conservation and restoration of one of Europe's great architectural treasures. It will now have to do that without royal assistance.

The charity has thanked Prince Andrew for his years of service.

The Duke of York has been Royal patron of the fund for 15 years now, and during his time in the role he has been very supportive of their work. However, following his decision to step back from public life, and recognising that the fund needs an active patron to champion its work, HRH Prince Andrew has decided to resign from this role.

– Neil Sanderson, Director of the York Minster Fund

The Duke of York previously had connections with eight organisations across Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has already severed its ties with the Prince and he has also resigned as Chancellor of Huddersfield University, saying he would step back from all public roles for the foreseeable future.