Prince Andrew has carried out no charity work despite pledging to make amends following his civil sex assault case, it has been claimed. Bids for the Duke of York to volunteer have reportedly been scuppered after Buckingham Palace permission was sought.
It comes after Andrew paid millions earlier this year to settle a civil sex assault case brought against him in the US by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
He has always denied the claims and the settlement was not an admission of guilt on his part.
A statement at the time said the Duke would show his regret for his association with billionaire paedophile Epstein by “supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking by supporting its victims”.
But The Sun reports that several proposals to carry out charity work have “stalled” after Buckingham Palace permission was sought.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, told the newspaper: “Surely he can find a charity somewhere in the world that will have him?
“His reputation cannot get any worse and is a stain on the Royal Family but doing charity work will take the edge off and show a little bit of contrition.”
Sources say Andrew was keen to do voluntary work but has “lost focus” after no progress was made with plans.
Working for a sex trafficking organisation has been ruled out, while charities the Duke was previously involved with have distanced themselves.
But a friend said: “There are a number of charitable proposals under active consideration.”
Andrew stepped back from public duties following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in 2019 about his friendship with Epstein.
He lost his HRH style and military titles earlier this year ahead of settling the civil sex assault case.
Ms Giuffre accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, which he has always strenuously denied.
A spokesperson for the Duke declined to comment.