"But by the end of the meeting she was convinced by the Newsnight team and Amanda Thirsk [Duke's then-private secretary] that they had no choice - that it was the only way to put all the rumours behind them". News, and a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace has said, "The Duke will continue to work on Pitch and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of Buckingham Palace".
The Prince took part in an interview with the BBC in an attempt to stem the tide of speculation about what he knew about Epstein and his crimes, as well as address allegations against himself.
Giuffre said she was a victim of a sex trafficking scheme operated by Epstein, a billionaire financier who died in prison in August in what was ruled a suicide. The Duke of York was questioned by Emily Maitlis last weekend regarding his involvement with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and more specifically, over claims he had sex with Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre.
It comes just days after Prince Andrew announced he would "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future". He claimed not to remember posing for a photo with her when she was 17 years old and insists he was unaware of Epstein's sexual misconduct towards underage women.
"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffery Epstein have become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support", he said. "I can definitely empathize with their need for having a secure, safe place and taking time for themselves and having privacy when they need it". "Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required".
Four Australian universities linked to Pitch@Palace, an initiative for entrepreneurs that was one of the Prince's biggest projects, were among those that have cut ties with the Royal.
Princess Beatrice was spotted out in London for the first time since her father's retreat from royal life on Thursday.