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Duke of York’s private secretary ends her employment at royal household

Amanda Thirsk was said to been instrumental in persuading Andrew to appear in his car crash Newsnight interview.

The Duke of York and his then private secretary Amanda Thirsk in 2019 (Yui Mok/PA)
The Duke of York and his then private secretary Amanda Thirsk in 2019 (Yui Mok/PA)

By PA Reporter

The Duke of York’s private secretary Amanda Thirsk, who was seen as the driving force behind his disastrous Newsnight appearance, has formally ended her employment in the Royal Household.

Sky News reported that Ms Thirsk has reached a legal settlement, including a payment worth tens of thousands of pounds, with Buckingham Palace.

She is said to be continuing as chief executive of Pitch@Palace Global, the international arm of Andrew’s project for tech enterpreneurs.

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The Duke of York during his interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis (Mark Harrison/PA)

The duke stepped down from public life in November amid the scandal surrounding his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew’s car crash interview with Newsnight sealed his fate when he was accused of lacking empathy for Epstein’s victims and of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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