UK News Prince Andrew faces more disgrace as business backers leave
Duke of York 'lacking in compassion' for Epstein's victims
The Duke of York is "utterly lacking in compassion" for the victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Those are the words from a lawyer acting for five of those victims a day after Prince Andrew spoke publicly for the first time about allegations surrounding his friendship with the disgraced American.The Duke of York was interviewed on the BBC's Newsnight about his links to the convicted paedophile, who died in prison earlier this year, and allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Andrew faced further disgrace Tuesday as charitable partners and educational institutions began to distance themselves from him amid unfavorable fallout from an interview on his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
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.
Like most senior members of the royal family, Andrew is patron for charities and other civic endeavors, lending his name and the backing of the monarchy to the good works of all manner of institutions. But supporters of undertakings connected to Andrew are now reconsidering whether they want to be associated with him after his effort to draw a line under the Epstein scandal backfired so disastrously.
Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, granted a no-holds barred interview to BBC’s Newsnight program to end years of speculation about his friendship with the tainted financier, who died in prison last summer while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Andrew’s failure to show empathy for the young women exploited by Epstein earned him widespread derision — and made corporate backers and universities think twice about their ties to this senior member of the House of Windsor.
Prince Andrew Scandal Rolls On With Accusations Of Racist Comments
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (10470570au) Princess Anne, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Boris Johnson attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK – 09 Nov 2019 It’s not the first time this week that Prince Andrew is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Following a disastrous interview on BBC’s Newsnight about his long term friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, new allegations emerged on Monday that Prince Andrew used the n-word during a 2012 meeting with political aide Rohan Silva.
Standard Chartered bank, a backer of Andrew’s flagship entrepreneur project, Pitch@Palace, has decided not to renew its sponsorship for “commercial reasons.’’ Professional services provider KPMG won’t renew its support for the initiative either, Britain’s Press Association reported. Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca says it is reviewing its three-year partnership, which is due to expire at the end of the year.
The fallout has not been limited to corporations. Andrew is a patron for dozens of organizations, and a few of the more prominent groups have acknowledged they are considering whether they want that bond to continue. London Metropolitan University is reviewing Andrew’s role as patron, and students at the University of Huddersfield, where Andrew is chancellor, are objecting to being “represented by a man with ties to organized child sexual exploitation and assault.’’
Reviews of Pizza Express Duke of York says he visited suspended
TripAdvisor have suspended new reviews for the Pizza Express in Woking which Prince Andrew cited in his interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Speaking to BBC's Newsnight programme, the prince claimed he was in Pizza Express on a night he is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.He said: "I was with the children and I'd taken [daughter Princess] Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon.
“Prince Andrew’s association with a known paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein ... combined with the allegations made by Virginia Giuffre that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her make him an utterly unsuitable representative for us here at the University of Huddersfield,” according to a motion from a student panel. “We need to put survivors of sexual assault above royal connections and show students, alumni, and prospective students that this institution cares about their well-being, irrespective of the status of the alleged perpetrator.”
It is unclear what might happen at Huddersfield, as the situation is so unprecedented there is no formal process for what comes next.
“We are aware of the Students' Union meeting last night and the motion it passed regarding the chancellor,’’ the university said in a statement. “We listen to our students' views and concerns and we will now be consulting with them over the coming weeks."
The 59-year-old prince categorically denied claims that he had sex with Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein and had sex with Andrew on three occasions, including twice when she was 17.
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.
Epstein died Aug. 10 in a New York prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, robbing his alleged victims a chance for their day in court. His death has been ruled a suicide by the city’s medical examiner.
But in response to clinical questioning by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, Andrew responded with detailed answers that seemed insensitive to a public accustomed to emotional responses — particularly in an era in which social media has made even the rich and the powerful seem more accessible.
Worse still, Andrew defended his previous friendship with the billionaire investor because of the contacts it provided when he was preparing for a role as Britain's special trade representative. The damage to his image has prompted royal watchers to suggest Buckingham Palace will go into full damage control mode.
“I think he may eventually be forced to show how sorry he was that Epstein had many victims,’’ said Pauline Maclaran, author of "Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture." “There will be damage limitation.’’
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice Square Up to Amanda Thirsk as Prince Andrew Blame Game Accelerates .
If you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, an all-new members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday. © Provided by The Daily Beast VICTORIA JONES On one side stands Andrew’s senior staffer, Amanda Thirsk, on the other Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and their elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, who stood in as family rep on a crucial meeting with the BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis just three days before the fateful day.
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