Prince Andrew woes a distraction as wedding nears

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 file photo Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and U.K. Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, gestures during a luncheon session in his honor, organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries in New Delhi, India. As Buckingham Palace prepares to celebrate the wedding of Prince William, officials are rushing to contain a flurry of negative publicity from the side of the family that has long been a cause embarrassment. Prince Andrew, the queen's second son, is friends with a convicted sex offender _ pictures have been published of him with his arm around the waist of the teenage prostitute at the center of that case _ and his hosting of the son of the Tunisian dictator, shortly before a popular uprising drove him from power, has led to calls for him to be stripped of his role as special UK trade ambassador.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

March 6, 2011 5:30:23 PM PST
Less than two months before a fairytale wedding anticipated by much of the world, Britain's royal family finds itself fighting an inconvenient distraction: revelations that Prince Andrew, the queen's second son, is friends with a convicted sex offender, was photographed with a teenage prostitute, and has been accused of ties to Moammar Gadhafi's Libyan regime.

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