Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Andrew Albert Christian Edward, born 19 February 1960 is a member of the British royal family.
He is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was second in the line of succession to the British throne when he was born, and is eighth in line as of June 2020. Prince Andrew served in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and instructor and as the captain of a warship. During the Falklands War, he flew on multiple missions including anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy, and casualty evacuation. In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson and was created Duke of York. They have two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Their marriage, separation, and divorce in 1996 attracted much media coverage. He served as Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment for ten years until July 2011.
On 20 November 2019, Prince Andrew suspended his public duties for the “foreseeable future” following intense negative reaction regarding a television interview for the BBC’s Newsnight program, aired on 16 November 2019, which was mainly concerned with allegations against him of sexual abuse and his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In May 2020, it was announced that Andrew will permanently resign from all public roles over his ties to Epstein. The same year, U.S. authorities filed a mutual legal assistance request to the UK in order to formally interrogate Andrew.