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Prince Andrew fears exodus of backers

International 22 Nov, 2019 Follow News

Prince Andrew fears exodus of backers

The Duke of York Prince Andrew was plunged into a deepening crisis this week as a succession of charities and companies threatened to sever their ties with him.

As the fallout from the Duke's disastrous BBC Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein showed no sign of abating, the Outward Bound Trust, the prominent youth organisation, convened an emergency board meeting to consider his patronage.

KPMG, one of the world’s biggest accountancy firms, confirmed it had stopped its sponsorship of Pitch@Palace, the Duke’s flagship charity initiative, with sources citing “adverse media publicity.”

AstraZeneca, another partner, said: "Our three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace is due to expire at the end of this year and is currently being reviewed."

In a further blow to his reputation, the Duke was also accused of using the racist n-word during a business meeting with a Downing Street adviser seven years ago.

There are also more legal documents due to be released in the US relating to the predatory sexual activities of Epstein that will name the Duke.

A judge will decide whether to unseal the new tranche of documents within weeks.


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