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Prince Andrew back on official duty after sex claims

By Tony Jones

The Duke of York has returned to his duties for the first time since sex allegations against him were struck from court records.

Andrew visited the multinational paints firm AkzoNobel in Slough, Berkshire, to highlight its support for the Outward Bond Trust, a charity he is linked to.

The Duke smiled as he was introduced to dignitaries, then spent 40 minutes in a meeting with Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel's UK managing director, and staff.

Claims Andrew had sex with an under-age girl were removed from civil court records after a federal judge's ruling last week. The allegations made by Virginia Roberts, who claimed she was the sex slave of Andrew's former friend Jeffrey Epstein, were denied by the Duke.

When asked if he was happy to be linked with Andrew, Mr Pullen said: "It's great to have him here."

The allegations were part of submissions made by lawyers for Ms Roberts, who wanted to join a civil lawsuit by two alleged Epstein victims against US federal prosecutors' handling of the financier's conviction for a sex offence.

Epstein was sentenced to 18 months for soliciting a minor for prostitution, but lawyers claim a secret immunity deal he struck violated their clients' rights.

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