News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

Prince Andrew resigns from York Minster role amid sex scandal allegations

by Tola Mbakwe

The charity, which fundraises for conservation and restoration work at York Minster, said in a statement to Premier on Thursday that the Duke of York has resigned as a trustee following a decision to step back from public life.

The statement reads: "The Duke of York has been the Royal Patron of York Minster Fund for 15 years and in this role has been very supportive of our 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.

"The trustees of the Fund would like to thank the Duke of York for all his work as Patron over the years."

This comes after revelations of Prince Andrew's alleged involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who died in prison in August as he waited for his trail on sex trafficking charges.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims in 2001, at the age of 17, she was trafficked by Epstein and pressured into have sex with Prince Andrew.

In a BBC's Newsnight programme, the Duke of York denied that he has ever had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Giuffre.

The York Minster Fund resignation isn't the first charity the prince has left since the allegations were made public.

Last month, he resigned from his roles at the Outward Bound Trust and The University of Huddersfield.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.