Sunday, July 24, 2011

Prince Andrew leaves his position as British trade ambassador after scandals

Prince Andrew, son of the Queen of England, will represent the commercial interests of the UK and abroad. So says several British media on Thursday, linking the decision to the scandalous revelations about the personal integrity of the Duke of York. Andrew, 51, fourth in line of succession to the throne, was under pressure to leave the post after the publication last month that maintained relations with controversial figures such as U.S. millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile.

It was also revealed that he had entertained at Buckingham Palace, the son of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and that he had met with Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during a private visit to Tunisia in 2008. Last March, the Duke of York had received the support of Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Minister of Economy, George Osborne.

But lately the requests had increased by several deputies to the son of Elizabeth II, known for his rudeness and documented tendency to waste, resigned as special representative for international trade and investments, a position he has held since 2001 under the Ministry Business, Skills and Innovation.

In March, a former British ambassador to Qatar and Tunisia, Stephen Day, wrote to Foreign Minister, William Hague, saying he "had to urgently seek another role," the Duke of York. The last mission of Prince Andrew was in April when he made a business trip three days in Indonesia.

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