Duke pulls out of Saudi Arabia trip
The Duke of York has pulled out of a trip to Saudi Arabia, it has emerged.
Andrew was due to travel to the oil-rich state next week to boost defence contracts in his role as Britain's trade envoy.
The Duke has faced increasing scrutiny over dealings with a series of foreign dictatorships and links with US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.
But Buckingham Palace sources said media coverage surrounding the Duke had "nothing to do" with the decision to postpone the visit, which was made for safety reasons.
The source said: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Trade and Investment and the Palace have agreed to postpone the visit given the current circumstances in the region.
"Any suggestion that this had anything to do with recent UK media coverage is absolutely not the case."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Buckingham Palace has never announced any overseas visit for the Duke of York."