Prince Andrew is in the middle of an ongoing controversy because of his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein dragged the name of the Duke of York to the mud when Virginia Roberts Giuffre — one of Epstein’s victims — gave a narrative that implicated Andrew having a sexual relationship with her. Queen Elizabeth’s son vehemently denied all the allegations, but the situation continues to worsen for him.

The Duke of York has been lying low ever since the death of the convicted sex offender earlier last month. That changed last week, after he made an appearance at the Dartmouth Royal Regatta. As the eighth in the line of succession, he has to fulfill his obligations for the royal family, but experts question whether this remains a wise move for them.

In an interview yesterday, royal author Angela Levin insisted that Prince Andrew must be suspended from attending engagements for the royal family while the controversy is present. Levin explained that his involvement with the sex offender sends the wrong message to the public and would tarnish the reputation of what he should be representing.

“I think he needs to step back, I don’t think he should go off to regattas and all those sort of things,” Levin told Piers Morgan, the anchor of breakfast program “Good Morning Britain.” “He should withdraw [from public life] for the moment. He’s a patron of 30 charities that protect children. I don’t think it’s appropriate.”

Prince Andrew may have released a statement condemning the acts and denying the allegations, but Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, adamantly says that it’s not worth much. Boies challenged the prince to go to the United States to testify his innocence in court, where he can be questioned.

“Anybody can deny things in a printed statement,” declared Boies. “It’s a different thing to come here, answer questions under oath, subject to cross-examination. Those are the kinds of answers that we are eventually going to get.”

Levin expressed her agreement to Boies’ challenge, furthering that Andrew should push through if he has nothing to hide. “He should go to America and talk to whoever wants to talk to him and try and clear it up — not least for these young girls to feel like they have some sort of closure,” she explained.

Prince Andrew The Duke of York the opening of a new building for the collaborative research facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury. Science and Technology Facilities Council Follow/Flickr