Relieved Prince Andrew makes first official appearance since he was accused of having sex with under-age girl days after lurid claims were thrown out.

• Andrew has made his first official visit since sex claims were thrown out
• Virginia Roberts claimed she had been forced to have sex with the Duke

Ruth Styles
Mail Online


The Duke of York has made his first public appearance since lurid sex claims made about him were struck off the public record by a Florida judge.

A visibly relieved Andrew was visiting the offices of AkzoNobel, a paint firm based in Slough, and smiled broadly as he chatted to employees.

The 55-year-old, who was at the factory as part of his work with the Outward Bound Trust, has always denied that he had any sort of relationship with Virginia Roberts.

Today, it was business as usual for the royal, who arrived in a chauffeur-driven racing green Bentley and was shown products from AkzoNobel’s best-known range, Dulux Paints.

The Duke also spent 40 minutes in a private meeting with Matt Pullen, the company’s UK managing director, and other senior staff members.

The trip to Slough comes less than five days after claims that Andrew had sex with an under-age teenager were removed from civil court records following a federal judge’s ruling.

The allegations were made by Miss Roberts, now 31, who had claimed she was the sex slave of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein – a former friend of Andrew’s.

Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied the claims – as has Buckingham Palace which took the unprecedented step of issuing a denial shortly after the allegations came to light…

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