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UK News Andrew project suffers sponsorship blow amid Epstein statement calls

17:30  19 november  2019
17:30  19 november  2019 Source:   newsletter.co.uk

Andrew project suffers sponsorship blow amid Epstein statement calls

  Andrew project suffers sponsorship blow amid Epstein statement calls KPMG’s contract with Andrew’s Pitch@Palace, a mentoring scheme for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, expired in October and will not be renewed.Andrew is facing the embarrassing prospect of charities and institutions he is associated with distancing themselves, as lawyers for the convicted sex offender’s victims urged him to tell US authorities what he knows.

Andrew ’s decision to maintain a personal relationship with Epstein even after he was convicted of soliciting sex from a minor has attracted a storm of criticism. “KPMG’s sponsorship contract with Pitch@Palace finished at the end of October,” a palace spokesperson said. Created with Sketch.

It comes amid controversy over Prince Andrew 's ties to the sex offender. "Prince Andrew , and any others who were close to Epstein , should come forward and give a statement under oath on Ms Allred said she had called on Prince Andrew to "voluntarily meet with the FBI and prosecutors who

Prince Andrew, Duke of York standing in front of a sign © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Andrew is facing the embarrassing prospect of charities and institutions he is associated with distancing themselves, as lawyers for the convicted sex offender's victims urged him to tell US authorities what he knows.

The duke was caught up in further controversy when a newspaper columnist claimed Andrew used a racially-offensive word during a Buckingham Palace meeting in 2012.

The Queen and other senior royals are said to "back and believe" Andrew's defence of himself in the BBC interview "100%", sources told the Evening Standard.

One alleged Epstein victim gave an emotional account of her ordeal as she launched a civil lawsuit against the sex offender's estate and made a direct appeal to the duke after her lawyer, Gloria Allred, called on him to make a statement.

Duke of York could be questioned over Epstein relationship – victims’ lawyer

  Duke of York could be questioned over Epstein relationship – victims’ lawyer Andrew, the Queen’s second son, has also announced he would step down from public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’.Discussing how Andrew could become involved in any legal process, Lisa Bloom said that, as an attorney, she had “the right” to seek a statement from individuals she deemed to have “relevant information”.

Media captionPrince Andrew on Epstein : 'There was no indication, absolutely no indication'. KPMG has not renewed its sponsorship of the Duke of York's Amid the backlash from the BBC's interview on Saturday, Prince Andrew is facing renewed calls to tell US authorities about his friendship with US

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (/ˈɛpstiːn/ EP-steen; January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender.

The 31-year-old - known only as Jane Doe 15 - said: "I would also like to say I agree with Gloria that Prince Andrew, and any others that are close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have."

The fall-out from Andrew's Newsnight appearance has already begun, with the Outward Bound Trust, which the duke supports as patron, saying it will hold a board meeting in the next few days when members will discuss issues raised by Saturday's interview.

The student jury at Huddersfield University, where Andrew is chancellor, passed a motion to lobby the duke to resign, with a full statement expected from the Students' Union on Tuesday.

KPMG's sponsorship contract with Andrew's Pitch@Palace, a mentoring scheme for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, expired at the end of October and will not be renewed, a source told the PA news agency.

Prince Andrew could be forced to give evidence under oath in Jeffrey Epstein case

  Prince Andrew could be forced to give evidence under oath in Jeffrey Epstein case If the Duke won’t testify voluntarily, a lawyer is ready to get a court order to subpoena him.US lawyer Lisa Bloom – who is representing five of Mr Epstein's alleged victims – has called on the royal to cooperate fully with authorities, as he had been an “enabler” of Mr Epstein's crimes.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein are pictured together in New York's Central Park in 2011. The Duke has been dealt a major blow this week after a sponsor of his flagship business project said it was not renewing support - as calls continued for him to make a statement about Epstein .

PRINCE ANDREW broke his silence amid allegations of sex with a minor during his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein . Prince Andrew has strongly denied claims that he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (Image: GETTY).

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "KPMG's contract with Pitch@Palace ended at the end of October. A full programme of Pitch@Palace events is continuing across the United Kingdom."

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca told the Daily Telegraph it is also reviewing its future with the mentoring scheme: "Our three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace is due to expire at the end of this year and is currently being reviewed."

Andrew's appearance on Newsnight to explain his friendship with the convicted sex offender and deny allegations of having sex with an under-age teenager has been widely condemned, but the duke is said to being standing by his decision to put his side of the story.

US lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represents a woman who claims she was a victim of Epstein, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Andrew should come forward to help the ongoing investigation into the disgraced American financier.

Bank severs links with Andrew’s tech scheme as public role called into question

  Bank severs links with Andrew’s tech scheme as public role called into question Standard Chartered is the latest organisation to decide not to renew its sponsorship of the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative.Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered has joined KPMG in deciding not to renew its sponsorship of Andrew’s Pitch@Palace scheme.

THE Duke of York has vowed to carry on with his royal duties as normal – in spite of the fierce reaction to his interview on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Peter Hunt, a distinguished former BBC royal correspondent, said on Twitter: “Prince Andrew ’s judgment has long been called into question – now

Prince Andrew is named in a cache of secret legal documents detailing explosive new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein that could be unsealed by The fresh U.S. legal threat came as Andrew faced calls to give a formal statement to the FBI from an unnamed woman who appeared with celebrity

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked if he would encourage Andrew to co-operate with US authorities about his knowledge of the disgraced financier's activities but he brushed the question off, during an election campaign event at the CBI annual conference, saying "nice try there".

It also emerged on Monday that Virginia Giuffre has given an interview to BBC's Panorama.

PA understands that the 35-year-old reiterated her claims that she slept with Andrew when she was just 17 after being trafficked by Epstein.

The interview, which was filmed three weeks ago, is due to be broadcast in the coming weeks.

A spokesman for the BBC said: "We never comment on investigations."

The duke's interview on Saturday has been widely criticised, with commentators questioning his responses and condemning his unsympathetic tone and seeming lack of remorse over the friendship with Epstein, who killed himself in jail while facing sex trafficking charges.

The Evening Standard published on its front page the claim made by its columnist Rohan Silva that, while a Downing Street aide specialising in the tech economy, the duke made a racist remark.

Six things we learned from Prince Andrew’s ‘disastrous’ Jeffrey Epstein interview

  Six things we learned from Prince Andrew’s ‘disastrous’ Jeffrey Epstein interview Duke's bid to explain his relationship with the convicted sex offender has prompted fury and ridiculeThe Royal was grilled by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis on Saturday over claims that he had sex with a then 17-year-old girl in 2001. But while his responses have prompted widespread mockery and anger, sources close to the Prince are insisting that he addressed the issues head-on with “honesty and humility”, the BBC reports.

He told the newspaper that, when he asked Andrew if the government department responsible for trade "could be doing a better job", the duke replied: "Well, if you'll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile."

Sources have categorically denied that Andrew used the word.

During the interview, the duke, questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, twice stated that his relationship with Epstein had some "seriously beneficial outcomes", giving him the opportunity to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

Andrew denied that he slept with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was under age, 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 duke sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as Andrew said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

Royal scandal: Prince Andrew to step back from public duties .
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew is stepping back from public duties with the queen's permission because of his association with a notorious sex offender. The second son of Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement Wednesday that it has become clear to him in recent days that his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has become a “major distraction” to the royal family’s charitable work. Andrew said in the statementThe second son of Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement Wednesday that it has become clear to him in recent days that his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has become a “major distraction” to the royal family’s charitable work.

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