Speaking on his weekly LBC radio show on Tuesday morning, the Mayor of London said that he had “sympathy for the Prince” and that he respected the “huge amount of unsung and unheralded work” the Queen’s second son did in attracting business to Britain.
He told listeners of the show: “Prince Andrew, let’s be very clear, is a guy that does a huge amount of unsung unheralded work for this country.
“People go on about his air miles and so on, but actually I have seen that guy get out there and sell this country to help British firms to get business.
“So if you are asking me if I have sympathy for, him of course I do.”
Johnson added: “We may think it's bizarre, but somebody who is the second son of the Queen is felt in many parts of the world to be an interesting and significant figure and they will receive him cordially and people who come with him they want to hear what business suggestions they have.”
Last week, during a civil case against American multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, American woman Virginia Roberts alleged that she was repeatedly forced by Epstein to have underage sexual relations with Prince Andrew.
Prince Andrew: Life in pictures
Prince Andrew: Life in pictures
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Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrives at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 November 2014 in London
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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (L) speaks to Queen Elizabeth II on the Queens stand during Derby day at the Epsom Derby Festival, in Surrey on 1 June 2013
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Prince Andrew with his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace, 2013
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Princess Beatrice (C) poses for photograph with her parents, Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke York (L) and Sarah Ferguson following her graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths College, in London, 2011
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Prince Andrew’s ‘pointless plunge’ down the Shard was the moment to take stock of his usefulness
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Prince Andrew is the first royal to take and tweet a selfie
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Prince Andrew with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Al-Khalifa at Royal Ascot in 2010
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Prince Andrew with Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan in 2009
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Prince Andrew with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the first day of his state visit to London
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Duke of York in his uniform
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Britain's Prince Andrew speaks to the press during a meeting with Turkish Businessmen at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul on 26 May 2004
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Wearing a traditional Guatemalan ceremonial jacket, Britains Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, turns on the tap innaugurating an irrigation system sponsored by the European community on 7 March 2002 in Nevaj, Guatemala
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The newly wed Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, wave to crowds on 23 July 1986 from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London while Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother look on
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Prince Andrew and Prince Edward with their governess, Lavinia Keppel, at the Children's Book Show in Westminster, London on 7 November 1969
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Prince Andrew (bottom left) with his parents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and siblings, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and little Prince Edward at Windsor Castle, 1965
US court documents from the case state that Roberts, now 30, claims that she had underage sex with Andrew on three occasions when she was 17 – a minor under US Law.
Buckingham Palace have “emphatically denied” the allegations, saying that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts and that “the allegations made are false and without any foundation.”Reuse content