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Prince Andrew appears to hum a tune at the wheel of his car, while brother attends VJ Day memorial

Prince Andrew has been pictured alone as the rest of the Royal Family took on royal duties to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the victory over Japan. 

Andrew was pictured today driving from Windsor Castle, alone, while his brother Prince Charles led tributes to the war dead at National Memorial Arboretum. 

The prince was forced to stand down from royal duties following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview about his links to the convicted paedophile Jeffery Epstein, and allegations that he had sex with 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre.

Today, he was seen appearing to hum a tune at the wheel of his Range Rover while his brother paid his respects to those who died during WWII, at the Victory over Japan memorial.      

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the 'indefatigable' heroes of 'the Forgotten Army' on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.   

Prince Andrew appears to hum a tune as he drives from Windsor Castle today 

Prince Andrew appears to hum a tune as he drives from Windsor Castle today

In a speech at a ceremony marking the occasion at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Charles said: 'Today we remember and give thanks for the extraordinary bravery, resourcefulness and tenacity demonstrated by those who fought in the Asia-Pacific theatre of the Second World War.

'Together, they comprised a force whose courage was as remarkable as its diversity.

'Hundreds of thousands of troops from India, Burma, China and across Asia, were joined by hundreds of thousands more from Europe, Africa, Australasia and North America.

'Together, they served with the greatest distinction. Without them, the war could not have been won.'

Prince Andrew's last appearance, earlier this week, showed him enjoying a horse ride at Windsor Castle in blistering temperatures.   

The Duke of York infamously dismissed some of the allegations made against him by Virginia Giuffre in his disastrous Newsnight interview last year by claiming he couldn't sweat due to a medical condition - she previously claimed he was 'profusely sweating' when they had sex. 

But Andrew was clearly feeling the 82F heat this morning as he left two buttons undone on his dark navy blue shirt, and rolled his sleeves up while galloping through the picturesque royal grounds with an unnamed companion.

Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by the late financier Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - allegedly Epstein's madame - claims Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.

The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre. 

Yesterday, the chief of the Metropolitan Police has offered to assist US authorities with their investigation into Prince Andrew's ties to and Maxwell.

Dame Cressida Dick said that while the focus of the investigation was 'clearly' in America, she added the Met would assist US authorities should it be required 'at any stage'. 

Prince Andrew, right, pictured left with Virginia Roberts, centre, and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, in 2001

Charles addressed up to 40 invited veterans drawn from the four corners of the Commonwealth during the socially-distanced ceremony.

He said: 'On this day in 1945, the surrender of Imperial Japan and the cessation of fighting in the Asia-Pacific region, brought an end to six bitter years of global conflict.

'Victory in Europe had been achieved that May, of course, but while millions in Europe rejoiced, in South East Asia and the Pacific our long-suffering service personnel, with their Commonwealth and Allied partners, continued the fight for three more months.

'It was their extraordinary endurance and fortitude which secured the end of the war, and which was later confirmed by the ratification of the Japanese surrender on September 2 1945, in Tokyo Bay, on board the USS Missouri - an event my father (the Duke of Edinburgh) witnessed whilst serving with the British Pacific Fleet.

'From the vantage point of the 21st century, it is hard for us to appreciate fully the suffering endured by those who fought, or were caught up in, this theatre of war.

'Drawing on his time as Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Command, my great uncle, Lord Mountbatten, helped me begin to understand the quite atrocious conditions experienced by our forces throughout South East Asia.

'But those of us not there at the time really can only begin to understand.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (left) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a national service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, central England today to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

Red Arrows Flypast over Belfast, Ireland. VJ Day 75: Commemorations mark 75 years since Victory over Japan The Armed Forces will lead the nation in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day and paying tribute to the enormous sacrifices of the Greatest Generation during the Second World War

'Lord Mountbatten told me of his experiences of that gruelling campaign in which our troops faced not only a determined opponent, but at the same time had to contend with an incredibly hostile jungle environment and the ever-present scourge of disease which claimed nearly a quarter of a million Allied casualties.

'At this point we should also reflect on those unfortunate prisoners of war, who suffered so dreadfully.

'Over a quarter of all Allied prisoners of war lost their lives in captivity.

'The courage and fortitude shown by all those who fought in the region was exemplary.   

How Duke of York's annual meetings with Epstein including after he was sent to jail caused Prince Andrew decades of trouble 

Here is a timeline of the duke's relationship with Epstein.

- 1999

Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen's private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein 'infrequently', adding 'probably no more than only once or twice a year'.

- 2000

Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein and Ms Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew's 40th birthday, the Princess Royal's 50th, the Queen Mother's 100th and Princess Margaret's 70th.

- 2001

Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew 'three times, including one orgy', with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell's London townhouse. Ms Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew on two more occasions, at Epstein's New York home and at an 'orgy' on his private island in the Caribbean.

- 2008

Epstein admits prostituting minors and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.

- 2010

Epstein is released from jail. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in New York's Central Park.

Footage emerges years later, reportedly shot on December 6 2010, showing him inside Epstein's Manhattan mansion, from where he is seen looking out from a large door of the property waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get into a chauffeur-driven car.

- 2011

The duke quits his role as UK trade envoy after the fallout from the Central Park photos.

- 2015

Buckingham Palace denies Andrew has committed any impropriety after he is named in US court documents related to Epstein. A woman, later named in reports as Ms Roberts, alleges in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Andrew, in his first public engagement since he was embroiled in the allegations, responds, saying: 'Firstly I think I must, and want, for the record, to refer to the events that have taken place in the last few weeks.

'I just wish to reiterate, and to reaffirm, the statements that have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.'

In April the claims against Andrew are struck from US civil court records following a federal judge's ruling.

- 2019

Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claimed Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire's Manhattan apartment in 2001.

Buckingham Palace said the allegations are 'categorically untrue'.

Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.

Later that month a pilot on Epstein's private jet claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Ms Roberts.

The Sun newspaper reported that David Rodgers said in a testimony released in August that Epstein, Andrew and the-then 17-year-old travelled to the US Virgin Islands on April 11 2001.

Buckingham Palace describes the evidence statement as having 'a number of inconsistencies' and said that Andrew was on a different continent in some cases.

Following Epstein's death, a statement from the palace says that Andrew is 'appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes'.

Breaking his silence on the issue for the first time since 2015, Andrew then releases a statement on August 24 saying: 'At no stage during the limited time I spent with him (Epstein) did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.' 

On November 16, the prince gave a 'disastrous' BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and addressed allegations of his own sexual conduct.

He faced a barrage of criticism following his television appearance, with the royal accused of a lack of empathy with Epstein's victims. 

During the interview, Andrew, questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, twice stated his relationship with Epstein, who died in jail while facing sex trafficking charges, had some "seriously beneficial outcomes", giving him the opportunity to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

The duke denied he slept with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

He cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Mrs Giuffre, when a teenager.

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