Prince Andrew arrives today for The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim
The Duke of York traveled to Northern Ireland today to perform official duties during a golf tournament.
Prince Andrew attended the Royal Portrush Golf Course in County Antrim this morning in his role as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
The tournament, which was established in 2001, takes place between today and Thursday. It is an international competition for boys and girls under the age of 18, in which major players have participated in the past, including Rory McIlroy.
It follows two public appearances by the 59-year-old royal on the weekend, attending a tournament at Royal Liverpool Golf Club on the occasion of his 150th birthday.
The duke, who is the patron of the club, saw amateur golfers from the US and Britain and Northern Ireland fight it out in the Walker Cup tournament on Sunday.
Today is Andrew's third public engagement in just as many days, after he traveled to Bruges on Saturday to celebrate the 75th anniversary since the liberation of the Belgian city by the Allies.
The duke was present in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and laid a wreath at the monument to Charles II in Bruges.
Saturday's trip to Bruges was Andrew's first major international event since the scandal broke off his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein was hanged in his cell in New York on August 10 while confronted with new indictments for sex trade and conspiracy to minors for sex.
Andrew was chased by allegations of impropriety with underage girls whom Epstein had suggested.
Buckingham Palace has issued strong denials in response to claims from a woman who said she was forced to have minor sex with the duke.
Virginia Roberts claimed in Florida lawsuits that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is younger than the age of consent in the state.
Prince Andrew laughs while attending the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy this morning
Andrew attends the event today in Northern Ireland in his role as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
Andrew & # 39; s visit to Northern Ireland this morning follows two public performances at the weekend, in Liverpool and Bruges
Andrew, pictured this morning on the golf course, has been haunted by allegations of impropriety with underage girls
The international competition Andrew is taking part in today in Northern Ireland is for both boys and girls under the age of 18
The duke is photographed as he arrives today for the golf tournament at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim
The palace has the allegations & # 39; false and without any ground & # 39; and said that & # 39; any suggestion of impropriety with minors & # 39; by the duke & # 39; categorically false & # 39; used to be.
In 2015, a judge ruled that Miss Roberts' allegations of Andrew & # 39; intangible and impudent & # 39; and ordered them to be rejected from a claim against Epstein.
Andrew said in a statement of August 24: "At no point during the limited time I spent with him did I see any behavior that led to (arrest and conviction of) Epstein."
Andrew went on a two-week golfing holiday in Spain last month with his former wife Sarah Ferguson. His last official engagement was in Ascot in July.
Since then he has remained largely out of the spotlight because the accusations about his association with Epstein have increased. Epstein was imprisoned in 2008 for purchasing a girl younger than 18 for prostitution.
The golden tournament in Northern Ireland, which was founded in 2001, takes place between today and Thursday
Major players participating in the tournament – attended by Andrew this morning – included Rory McIlroy in the past
The event comes today after the duke had canceled a number of public engagements about his links to Jeffrey Epstein
Events organizers in Northern Ireland reportedly withdrew invitations to Andrew, although he was in County Antrim today
The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, which was founded in 2001, will take place in Royal Portrush until Thursday
Andrew, pictured today, was the center of attention because of his friendship with convicted sex offender Epstein
Royal sources last month that Andrew & # 39; crisis talks & # 39; would engage with advisers on how to address the scandal.
During his absence, Miss Roberts urged him to come clean & # 39 ;. After a hearing in New York last month, the woman, now 36, said about the prince: & # 39; He knows what he did. & # 39;
Last week it was claimed that Andrew fought to prevent him from becoming a pariah after public engagements were canceled in the midst of the fallout over his ties with Epstein.
Some of the Duke of York's planned official visits would have been attended this week by organizers, apparently worried that his presence might spoil their events.
The Duke of York talks yesterday on day two of the Walker Cup with the ladies captain of Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Holylake
Prince Andrew is pictured during a ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges in Belgium on Saturday
Virginia Roberts was photographed in early 2001 with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell. Roberts claimed in Florida lawsuits that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is younger than the age of consent in the state.
Prince Andrew (left) and Jeffrey Epstein (right) are depicted as they walk through Central Park in New York in December 2010
Andrew should have seen a renovated station in Northern Ireland, but in the aftermath of the Epstein scandal, the hosts reportedly withdrew the invitation.
A royal spokesman said the duke had a full schedule, including attending a youth golf tournament that bears his name.
Speaking of today, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “His Royal Highness will make a number of commitments regarding the tournament, with there being 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries.
& # 39; The duke will meet volunteers, supporters and representatives of local companies, organize the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and award prizes. & # 39;
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