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Prince Andrew wore a brave face today as he attended his major international event since the scandal over his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein resurfaced (shown today in Bruges)

Prince Andrew looked tired and pale yesterday during his first overseas engagement since the suicide of his former friend, the pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

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The Duke of York, who vigorously denied ever seeing any behavior that led to the arrest of Epstein, attended a memorial to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges.

Since the financier's suicide last month, he has been intensively investigated for his friendship with Epstein. And asked by a reporter during yesterday's ceremony whether he would now work with lawyers in America, the Prince dismissed the question.

The duke, 59, accompanied Prince Laurent of Belgium to inspect a guard of honor at the market square and attended the ceremonial raising of British and Belgian flags.

Prince Andrew wore a brave face today as he attended his major international event since the scandal over his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein resurfaced (shown today in Bruges)

Prince Andrew wore a brave face today as he attended his major international event since the scandal over his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein resurfaced (shown today in Bruges)

The duke was at yesterday's ceremony in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and also laid a wreath at a memorial to Charles II of Great Britain. The guards were formed to protect the future king when he fled to Belgium during the civil war.

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On Wednesday, it turned out that some of Prince Andrew's upcoming appointments in Northern Ireland had been canceled when he tried to ride the storm because of his friendship with the deceased billionaire.

And during his first major international event since the scandal over his friendship with Epstein re-emerged, he was confronted with a few hitches, reportedly awkward as he tried to place a wreath in a grandstand in the Belgian city.

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, at a monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, at a monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, at a monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

Andrew visits the Saint Sebastian guild to participate in a flag of British and Belgian flags. It comes when he tries to ride the storm over his friendship with the deceased billionaire Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew visits the Saint Sebastian guild to participate in a flag of British and Belgian flags. It comes when he tries to ride the storm over his friendship with the deceased billionaire Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew visits the Saint Sebastian guild to participate in a flag of British and Belgian flags. It comes when he tries to ride the storm over his friendship with the deceased billionaire Jeffrey Epstein

In recent weeks, the duke has been haunted by accusations of impropriety with underage girls after the arrest and subsequent death of his friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein (Andrew is pictured today)

In recent weeks, the duke has been haunted by accusations of impropriety with underage girls after the arrest and subsequent death of his friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein (Andrew is pictured today)

Andrew categorically denied any misconduct (he is depicted on a memorial in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city today)
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Andrew categorically denied any misconduct (he is depicted on a memorial in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city today)

In recent weeks, the duke has been haunted by accusations of impropriety with underage girls after the arrest and subsequent death of his friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew categorically denied any misconduct (he is depicted on a memorial in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city today)

Today the duke's most important public engagement was because his friend Epstein was found in his cell in New York on August 10, while confronted with new allegations of sex trafficking and conspiracy (he is depicted with a wreath hanging on a stand)

Today the duke's most important public engagement was because his friend Epstein was found in his cell in New York on August 10, while confronted with new allegations of sex trafficking and conspiracy (he is depicted with a wreath hanging on a stand)

Today the duke's most important public engagement was because his friend Epstein was found in his cell in New York on August 10, while confronted with new allegations of sex trafficking and conspiracy (he is depicted with a wreath hanging on a stand)

Andrew must inspect a guard of honor on the market square before visiting the Guild of St Sebastian to attend a flagship of British and Belgian flags (photo, inspect the troops today)

Andrew must inspect a guard of honor on the market square before visiting the Guild of St Sebastian to attend a flagship of British and Belgian flags (photo, inspect the troops today)

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Andrew must inspect a guard of honor on the market square before visiting the Guild of St Sebastian to attend a flagship of British and Belgian flags (photo, inspect the troops today)

Andrew was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square (pictured during the inspection)

Andrew was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square (pictured during the inspection)

Andrew was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square (pictured during the inspection)

Andrew put on a brave face (photo) as he walked to the market square to inspect the guard of honor

Andrew put on a brave face (photo) as he walked to the market square to inspect the guard of honor

Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the monument (photo) and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand

Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the monument (photo) and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand

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Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the monument (right) and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand. But later he put on a brave face (left), while walking to the market square to inspect the guard of honor

Andrew (pictured today) was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square

Andrew (pictured today) was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square

Andrew (pictured today) was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square

Andrew was a guest of Prince Laurent of Belgium, the brother of King Phillipe, and the couple later inspected a guard of honor in the market square.

The Duke of York stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the monument, and fiddled with the wreath to be placed on a stand.

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He had initially tried to hook the wreath to the stand and had to be assisted by an official.

The duke did not speak after the inspection of the guard of honor in the square, where a brass band played both the Belgian and British folk songs and his own folk song.

The bells of the famous bell tower of Bruges sounded to mark the end of the event.

Andrew will take part in a private ceremony in the Guild of Saint Sebastian this afternoon to raise the British and Belgian flags.

The duke took over the role of colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017. The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656.

In recent weeks, the duke has been haunted by accusations of impropriety with underage girls after the arrest and subsequent death of his friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew categorically denied any misconduct.

The British prince Andrew attends ceremonies today on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation in Bruges, Belgium

The British prince Andrew attends ceremonies today on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation in Bruges, Belgium

The British prince Andrew attends ceremonies today on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation in Bruges, Belgium

The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017 (he is pictured today in the Belgian city). The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656

The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017 (he is pictured today in the Belgian city). The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656

The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017 (he is pictured today in the Belgian city). The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656

The Duke of York (center), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, with Prince Laurent of Belgium (center right) in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city
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The Duke of York (center), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, with Prince Laurent of Belgium (center right) in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, at a monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, at a monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York (left), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, with Prince Laurent of Belgium (left and center right) in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city (he is also pictured on the right) at the event)

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Andrew was previously depicted at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon, at the end of August, an event of which he is a patron (he is shown today in Belgium)
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Andrew was previously depicted at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon, at the end of August, an event of which he is a patron (he is shown today in Belgium)

Andrew was previously depicted at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon, at the end of August, an event of which he is a patron (he is shown today in Belgium)

But on Wednesday, the upcoming appointments of the Duke of York in Northern Ireland were canceled in the midst of media research into his ties with the shamed financier.

Organizers withdrew invitations to the prince, where someone was afraid that his presence & # 39; the story would change & # 39; about the event in question.

A ceremony at Portrush train station on the occasion of the £ 5 million upgrade is among the orders to be canceled, Sky News reports.

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Instead, the station was officially opened two months ago by local dignitaries including Causeway Coast Mayor Sean Bateson, who cut the red ribbon on 25 June.

Cancellations at the station and other non-disclosed locations were the result of the organizers, not the royal family.

Andrew will still participate in the annual Duke of York Young Champions Trophy youth tournament at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The competition consists of players under the age of 18 from 38 provinces. Rory McIlory is one of the people who participated in the event in the past.

Royal Portrush has been warned that the prince's presence would be inappropriate after publicity about his relationship with Epstein, who committed suicide while being confronted with child sex indictment.

But the committee will not cancel the invitation to Andrew because he is patron and member.

In his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guard, the Duke of York lays a wreath on the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

In his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guard, the Duke of York lays a wreath on the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

In his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guard, the Duke of York lays a wreath on the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

Today, the 59-year-old in his full military uniform appeared in front of a memorial to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

Today, the 59-year-old in his full military uniform appeared in front of a memorial to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

Today, the 59-year-old in his full military uniform appeared in front of a memorial to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before he laid a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city (photo)

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before he laid a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city (photo)

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before laying a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before laying a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before laying a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city (left and right)

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Belgian Prince Laurent and British Prince Andrew attend ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium from the German occupation today in Bruges, Belgium

Andrew leans forward as he prepares to lay a wreath while attending a memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, in Bruges, Belgium

Andrew leans forward as he prepares to lay a wreath while attending a memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, in Bruges, Belgium

Andrew leans forward as he prepares to lay a wreath while attending a memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, in Bruges, Belgium

The duke took over the role of colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017. The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656 (he is depicted as a wreath today )

The duke took over the role of colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017. The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656 (he is depicted as a wreath today )

The duke took over the role of colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017. The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656 (he is depicted as a wreath today )

The Duke of York (left), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before he laid a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York (left), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before he laid a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

The Duke of York (left), in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before he laid a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

They are waiting to hear whether or not the duke decides to continue with the visit.

Official commitments to be made by members of the Royal Family are published on the royal.uk website up to eight weeks in advance.

However, there is currently nothing on the website for the Duke of York.

Nevertheless, Buckingham Palace said earlier that he would attend public engagement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges today in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

In September last year, Andrew had recorded 16 engagements in the Royal Court Circular – including a search and rescue exercise in County Fermanagh and a reception at Windsor Castle for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

The prince admits knowing Epstein since 1999, but says he & rarely saw him & # 39 ;.

In a previous statement, he said he never witnessed or suspected behavior of the kind that led to his conviction.

Andrew said it was a mistake to see the financier after he was released from prison in 2010.

The duke says he regretted dealing with him at the time and added that the person he thought he knew did not reflect the reality of & # 39; what we now know & # 39 ;.

Andrew, who categorically denied any wrongdoing, has been criticized in recent weeks for his ties with Epstein. But today he appeared during his first major international engagement

Andrew, who categorically denied any wrongdoing, has been criticized in recent weeks for his ties with Epstein. But today he appeared during his first major international engagement

Andrew, who categorically denied any wrongdoing, has been criticized in recent weeks for his ties with Epstein. But today he appeared during his first major international engagement

The British prince Andrew (center) during the memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, Belgium, today

The British prince Andrew (center) during the memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, Belgium, today

The British prince Andrew (center) during the memorial ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, Belgium, today

Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the memorial and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand (photo, with the wreath in his hand)

Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the memorial and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand (photo, with the wreath in his hand)

Andrew stared directly at the bank of photographers and camera crews waiting for him at the memorial and fumbled with the wreath to be placed on a stand (photo, with the wreath in his hand)

Grenadier Guards are waiting for The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, to lay a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

Grenadier Guards are waiting for The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, to lay a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

Andrew was on vacation in Spain when controversy grew over his link with Epstein, but he returned for royal duties, starting with a regatta in Dartmouth last week (today waiting for him to arrive in Bruges)

Andrew was on vacation in Spain when controversy grew over his link with Epstein, but he returned for royal duties, starting with a regatta in Dartmouth last week (today waiting for him to arrive in Bruges)

Grenadier Guards are waiting for The Duke of York, in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, to lay a wreath at the Charles II monument in Bruges on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belgian city

Today the prince wore a wing of the colors of his country (photo) when he joined Andrew to inspect the guards. The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017

Today the prince wore a wing of the colors of his country (photo) when he joined Andrew to inspect the guards. The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017

Today the prince wore a wing of the colors of his country (photo) when he joined Andrew to inspect the guards. The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017

Andrew was on vacation in Spain when controversy grew over his link with Epstein, but he returned for royal duties, starting with a regatta in Dartmouth last week.

His appearance today, the Duke's most important public involvement since his friend Epstein was found hanged in his cell on August 10 in New York while confronted with new allegations of sex trafficking and conspiracy.

The shamed financier admitted prostitutes in 2008 and spent 18 months in prison.

Andrew, who categorically denied any wrongdoing, has been criticized in recent weeks for his ties with Epstein.

He was photographed with the billionaire in Central Park in New York in December 2010 after the release of Epstien from prison.

Buckingham Palace has also been forced to express strong denials of allegations by Virginia Roberts in Florida lawsuits that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, who is younger than the state's consent.

The palace called the allegations & # 39; false and without any basis & # 39; and said & # 39; any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors & # 39; by the duke, & # 39; was categorically not true & # 39 ;.

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."

The host of the prince in Bruges, Prince Laurent, is no stranger to controversy and earned himself the nickname of & # 39; the cursed prince & # 39; in the Belgian press.

He has often been criticized for carrying out what is considered a diplomatic activity without the consent of the country's parliament.

Last year, his annual stipend was docked to attend an event at the Chinese embassy on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese army in full military uniform without permission.

Today the prince was wearing a sash of the colors of his country when he joined Andrew for the inspection of the guards.

The duke took over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his father the duke of Edinburgh in December 2017.

The Grenadiers have been associated with the city of Bruges since King Charles II formed a royal regiment there in 1656 while he was in exile for the restoration of the British monarchy.

Andrew was previously portrayed at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon at the end of August, an event he is patron of.

Photos posted on the Twitter family's Twitter account showed the Queen's second-youngest son on the water and met people during the 175th anniversary of the regatta.

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