Prince Andrew's supporters are in full retreat today as yet another multi-million pound business cut ties with the pet Dragons' Den-inspired charity he plugged repeatedly during his BBC car crash interview.
Standard Chartered has revealed to MailOnline that its bosses have decided it will no longer be a partner in his business start-up project: [email protected]
A spokesman for the international banking giant said: 'We won’t be renewing the sponsorship when it ends in February'.
Businesses are deserting Andrew in their droves over the Epstein scandal and [email protected] has been forced to delete the webpage hailing its 35 key backers as support drained away today.
KPMG, one of London's big four accounting firms, was the first company to end its £100,000-a-year sponsorship last night in the face of 'adverse publicity'. Insurance giant Aon then asked for its name to be removed from the scheme's website and drugs maker AstraZeneca then said it was reviewing its relationship.
There are also major doubts over Andrew's links to 189 charities in the UK and abroad with several refusing to say if the prince has their support because of his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and claims he had sex with his 'slave' Virginia Roberts.
Andrew is a patron of the Outward Bound Trust [OBT] after he inherited the role from his father Prince Philip and the charity is holding a special meeting to discuss the issue later this week. The prince’s daughter Beatrice is a trustee but will be excluded from taking part.
The University of Huddersfield is the only organisation to vocally back their Chancellor - but this has sparked insurrection among students who are lobbying Andrew to resign with a 'Not my Chancellor' campaign on campus and a major vote later this week.
And London Metropolitan University told MailOnline this afternoon they will review whether to keep Andrew as a patron at its next Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, November 26.
The future of Prince Andrew's pet project [email protected] appears in jeopardy as yet another major supporter, Standard Chartered, pulled the plug and their financial support
These are the 35 businesses and that support business start-up project: [email protected] with three already pulling their support. MailOnline is contacting all of them to establish their position
[email protected]'s supporters page, which contained the logos of its 35 biggest funders, has been deleted as multi-million pound businesses wanted away
Prince Andrew (pictured during his interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC's Newsnight) is facing a furious backlash over his relationship with Epstein
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As Prince Andrew found himself out in the cold after his BBC interview disaster, it has emerged:Jeffrey Epstein's alleged trafficking victim Virginia Roberts pictured by MailOnline in Australia as it is reveals she filmed an interview with the BBC three weeks ago; Outraged students at the University of Huddersfield are lobbying Andrew to resign as chancellor after angry row after institution backed him; Standard Chartered and KPMG pull the plug on sponsorship of the Duke's Dragons' Den-style start up scheme - while Aon and AstraZeneca also reviewing relationship; Children's charities and education organisations also distance themselves from their patron; Epstein accuser says the financier used Prince Andrew as BAIT to get her to his private island when she was 15; Growing calls from politicians for 'disgraceful' Prince Andrew to fly to the US to face FBI investigators and give evidence as his role in public life looks increasingly precarious; A poll found that just 6 per cent of the public believe his explanation for his relationship with Epstein;
KPMG, one of London's big four accounting firms, was the first to admit it was protecting its reputation by ending its £100,000 a year sponsorship.
Insurance giant Aon asked for its name be removed from the scheme's website and drugs maker AstraZeneca said it was reviewing its relationship.
Children's charities and schools linked to Prince Andrew are also in disarray today as they distanced themselves from the under-fire royal.
A string of major companies and charities are also examining their links with Andrew after his extraordinary TV interview on Saturday.
Children North East and The Children's Foundation, both charities Andrew lists on his official website, refused to tell MailOnline if he will keep his official role supporting them in light of the Epstein scandal.
The Council of British International Schools [COBIS] praised the duke's work with them since 2011 but also refused to say if their link with the prince remains today.
Jeffrey Epstein's sex slave Virginia Roberts has filmed a BBC interview she will use to shatter Prince Andrew's denials they ever had sex when she was 17 as the royal's woes got worse today.
The 35-year-old, who calls the Duke of York her 'abuser', spoke to Panorama before he spoke publicly for the first time to say they never met or had sex - even suggesting the world-famous picture of them together in London in 2001 could have been faked.
A source close to Ms Roberts says she 'made no bones about her thoughts on the Duke's denial' during her sit-down with Panorama, in which she is said to demand he 'comes clean'.
But she is said to be irate that her own interview has not been shown amid suggestions it was held back to ensure Andrew's sit-down with Emily Maitlis wasn't jeopardised - but BBC insiders claim it will form a wider Epstein investigation that is not yet ready to broadcast.
US-born Ms Roberts, who now uses her married surname Giuffre, spoke to Panorama in the US three weeks ago - but may have to be interviewed again to respond to the duke's bizarre alibis including being in Pizza Express on the night she claims they had sex in London.
Andrew also denied he allegations he 'sweated profusely' during intercourse by claiming he couldn't perspire for more than 20 years after an adrenaline-rush while being shot at in the Falklands War.
Jeffrey Epstein's trafficking victim Virginia Roberts stepped out in public in Cairns on Tuesday after filming an interview set to challenge Prince Andrew's denials they ever had sex
Virginia claims she had sex with Prince Andrew after billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (right) allegedly trafficked her to the UK. She says a picture was taken of her with Andrew (left) in early 2001. The prince denies all knowledge of having met her
Support for Andrew is ebbing away after his interview with Emily Maitlis, which he is believed to have said was a 'great success' - but many disagree
Photos show Prince Andrew enjoying the attentions of several women. In this photo, taken on the French Riviera in July 2007 the Prince looks wild-eyed as he parties with American socialite Chris Von Aspen, who licks him
In his BBC interview, Prince Andrew claimed he had ‘never really partied’ – and is averse to public displays of affection – as he rebutted allegations he had sex with Virginia Roberts.
But a number of images have resurfaced, showing him letting his hair down at wild parties and frolicking with several glamorous young women. On BBC’s Newsnight special, the Duke of York insisted that he had no idea why he had been dubbed the ‘party prince’.
He said: ‘I don’t know why I’ve collected that title because I don’t … I never have really partied.’ He added: ‘I was single for quite a long time in the early 80s but after I got married I was very happy and I’ve never really felt the need to go and party and certainly going to Jeffrey [Epstein]’s was not about partying, absolutely not.’
He also hinted that the controversial 2001 photograph of him holding 17-year-old Miss Roberts around the waist might be fake as he was not ‘one to hug’. He said: ‘I’m terribly sorry but if I, as a member of the Royal Family, and I have a photograph taken and I take very, very few photographs, I am not one to, as it were, hug and public displays of affection are not something that I do.’
But footage and snaps of the dishevelled prince at parties, some without his suit jacket and with his shirt untucked, would suggest otherwise.
The duke can be seen at several soirees in the late 2000s on the French Riviera partying with women. He was pictured in July 2007 at a party in Saint-Tropez embracing a number of women including socialite Chris Von Aspen, who he holds by the waist.
Andrew appeared on BBC Newsnight to answer questions about his relationship with Epstein, a paedophile billionaire who killed himself in jail.
The interview went down spectacularly badly however and the backlash grew yesterday when an Epstein victim went public at a dramatic press conference. She said the financier had tried to lure her to his private island by saying Andrew was there.
Her lawyer joined the international clamour for Andrew to face the US authorities and tell them everything he knows.
Sources today said the Royal Family has been left reeling by the fallout from the BBC interview and the renewed criticism from Epstein's victims.
While insiders were keen not to be seen to be criticising Andrew, it was clear that his wider family were 'aghast' at the interview and the subsequent reaction. 'People are shaking their heads and wondering where to go from here,' said one.
Another former royal aide has called for the prince to 'take a sabbatical' before irreversible damage is done to the charities and organisations he works with.
Questions remain as to how much the Queen knew and whether she sanctioned the interview. Palace officials repeated their line that she had been 'aware' of the interview but refused to be drawn on whether she had approved it.
On a disastrous day for the eighth in line to the throne pressure centred on the charity that he sees as a lifeline to repairing his public reputation.
During Saturday's 'make or break' appearance on BBC's Newsnight, Andrew flagged [email protected] – a Dragons' Den-style scheme for entrepreneurs – as a vital way of reconnecting with the public following the scandal.
A royal aide yesterday described it as one of the few 'real success stories' of his life. But KPMG, one of Britain's leading accountancy firms, revealed it had cut ties with the duke. The firm was a founding partner and had paid up to £100,000 a year in sponsorship since 2014.
KPMG bosses decided to end the relationship last month due to 'unsavoury' issues stemming from the duke's friendship with Epstein. The decision was taken by the firm after consultation with its 'risk committee' that considers reputational issues.
The drugs giant Astrazeneca is considering its links to the Duke of York's [email protected] following his Newsnight interview
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records.
The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein´s death, sources told The Associated Press.
The wealthy financier, 66, died on August 10 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
The officers on Epstein's unit at the federal jail in New York City are suspected of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had.
Astrazeneca, which is a 'strategic partner', said it was reviewing its three-year relationship which is due to end next month.
Aon was listed as the initiative's sole 'global partner' but sources insisted the company was not associated with [email protected] and the listing was an error.
It is understood that several firms were prompted to review their relationship with Andrew after he was again accused of having sex with a teenage victim of the billionaire financier earlier this year. He vehemently denies the claims.
A web page advertising [email protected]'s sponsors was removed from the internet yesterday afternoon. The project has helped 931 businesses, created 5,982 jobs and generated £1.105billion of economic activity, according to Andrew's team.
The Daily Mail yesterday contacted many other multinational companies linked to the scheme, including the bank Standard Chartered and Air Asia.
But none gave their backing to the duke and instead refused to comment on their links. A KPMG spokesman refused to comment last night.
KPMG has decided not to renew its sponsorship of [email protected], which is Prince Andrew's scheme for start-ups
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Students at Huddersfield University have launched a campaign for Prince Andrew to resign as chancellor, saying he is 'not the sort of role model students should have'.
The student union voted last night to campaign for the Duke of York to stand down as the ceremonial head following the fallout from his disastrous BBC interview.
But the university has backed Andrew, with a spokesman saying his 'enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship is a natural fit with the work of the university'.
A motion was put forward by student Tristan Smith, with others backing the suggestion move on social media with the hashtag #NotMyChancellor.
The Duke of York speaks at his installation as chancellor of Huddersfield University in July 2015
The English literature student told the Independent: 'I don't think this man should be a chancellor and a role model. I want to be proud to go here.
Just 16 per cent of Brits believe Prince Andrew was telling the truth during his disastrous BBC interview.
A survey by OnePoll reveals just how badly the broadcast has gone down with the general public.
Only 16 per cent believe his claim that he has no recollection of meeting Virginia Giuffre, then 17, whom he is alleged to have had sex with.
The same figure believe his ‘alibi’ that he was at Pizza Express in Woking when Virginia Roberts alleged the incident took place.
Just 17 per cent believe his claim that he cannot sweat due to a medical condition picked up during the Falklands War.
More than half (54 per cent) think his decision to do the interview had damaged the Royal Family’s reputation.
And almost two thirds (63 per cent) said they thought Prince Andrew had done victims of sexual abuse “a disservice” by describing Epstein’s offending as “unbecoming”.
Last night, in a press conference in Los Angeles, another victim of Epstein urged Prince Andrew to share information on his former friend, who was found hanged in a US jail in August.
More than half (58 per cent) of the 1,000 UK adults surveyed by OnePoll think Andrew should now volunteer himself to the FBI to be questioned as part of the investigation.
The poll also revealed 63 per cent said they felt sorry for the Queen after the 93-year-old following her son’s relationship with the convicted sex offender and his Newsnight interview.
'A lot of people agree with me and I had a staff member say to me that they were really pleased that I had put it forward. I don't think his actions represent us.'
Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, the student added: 'I think that the behaviour that we've seen, disregarding the allegations even, the fact that we know he continued the friendship with Jeffrey Epstein after the conviction, and even stayed at his house of his own admission – he admitted to that in the interview - I don't think that's very good conduct really, I don't think that should be representative of us.
'I think he needs to have taken a stand to show some integrity, and I haven't seen that yet. It's not the sort of role model I think students should have, it's not the sort of person I think should be in