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Australia University of Wollongong dumps Prince Andrew initiative amid BBC interview fallout

23:06  28 november  2019
23:06  28 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Image caption Prince Andrew spoke to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace. There were three big questions and a whole pile of smaller ones that needed answering in this interview . On the big three, the Duke of York was pressed time and time again - did he have sex with Virginia

The latest developments come amid a backlash over Prince Andrew ’s interview with the BBC , in which he focused on his relationship with convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations about him having sex with a teenage girl.

Prince Andrew© Getty Prince Andrew The University of Wollongong (UOW) has joined the list of institutions to dump a program founded by Prince Andrew amid the fallout from his BBC interview about his ties with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

It announced that it would no longer support the Pitch@Palace Australia competition, which connects young entrepreneurs with global business leaders.

"The recent widespread media and public commentary regarding the Duke of York was a consideration in [our] review," a UOW spokesman said.

"The university has considered whether continued involvement with Pitch@Palace is in line with its institutional values and strategic objectives, or remains an effective avenue for supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

ANOTHER Australian university cuts ties with Prince Andrew after the royal showed no remorse over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein in disastrous tell-all interview

  ANOTHER Australian university cuts ties with Prince Andrew after the royal showed no remorse over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein in disastrous tell-all interview Queensland's Bond University has ended its involvement with the Pitch@Palace competition, a global entrepreneur competition run by the Duke of York. It follows the royal's car crash tell-all television interview with BBC's Newsnight about his friendship with American billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Bond University is the latest in a growing number of organisations that have swiftly moved to distance themselves from Prince Andrew in recent days.'We have previously said any new agreement would be considered in 2020.

The prince spoke to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview recorded at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Prince Andrew , who is the Queen's third child, has been facing questions for several months over his ties to Epstein, a 66-year-old American financier who took his own life while awaiting

The British royal is facing growing scrutiny over his defense of his association with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. ABC News Candace McCowan has the story.

"The University of Wollongong has withdrawn from further engagement with Pitch@Palace."

Deputy vice-chancellor Alex Frino said he was also resigning from the Pitch@Palace Australia board and had not gained financially from his time as a director.

Dwindling support

UOW is one of several organisations distancing themselves from the scheme following widespread media criticism of the Duke's interview.

It came after a UK tabloid published footage of the Prince at Epstein's Manhattan mansion in 2010, two years after Epstein was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Bond University, Murdoch University and RMIT have all dumped the program alongside a raft of big overseas firms including KPMG and Barclays.

RMIT and Murdoch university cut ties with Prince Andrew's Pitch@Palace program

  RMIT and Murdoch university cut ties with Prince Andrew's Pitch@Palace program The fallout from Prince Andrew's BBC interview and his comments around Jeffrey Epstein has now hit his Pitch@Palace competition in Australia with RMIT and Murdoch University confirming they will not continue their relationship with the program.Melbourne-based RMIT University made its decision a day after Western Australia's Murdoch University announced its involvement in the program for 2020 was under review.

The University of Wollongong (abbreviated as UOW) is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong , New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney.

Prince Andrew as Chancellor of Huddersfield University (Image: Huddersfield Examiner/MEN MEDIA). Over the weekend, it was reported the duke had resigned from his role with his flagship business project Pitch@Palace after days of speculation about his future with the initiative he founded.

The Pitch@Palace initiative is a global competition started by Prince Andrew in 2014, introducing budding entrepreneurs to wealthy potential investors.

UOW said it would continue to support other business initiatives and entrepreneurial programs.

Prince Andrew, meanwhile, has announced he will withdraw from public duties "for the foreseeable future".

A woman who accused Epstein of sexually abusing her as a child has also called on Prince Andrew to tell US authorities what he knows about the financier.

Epstein was facing sex-trafficking charges in the US in August when he took his own life in prison.

Pictures: The most controversial prince: Andrew, a life in pictures (Showbizz)

Elizabeth II wearing a hat: The biography of Prince Andrew of England, the second son of Queen  Elizabeth II and Philip of Edinburgh, has several controversial episodes. One  of the latest centres on his scandalous friendship with Jeffrey Epstein,  the American tycoon who committed suicide in September 2019 while awaiting  trial for sex trafficking. The scandal had led to the withdrawal of  Andrew from public life in England.

Prince Andrew 'may never return to public life' .
Just over a week after Prince Andrew "stepped back" from royal duties, royal sources have suggested that he "may never return to public life." The Duke of York was forced to give up his responsibilities following his 'train wreck' interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, in which he claimed the paedophile acted in a "manner that was unbecoming".

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