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How charities, universities and sponsors have reacted to Andrew’s interview

The Duke of York has faced criticism over his comments about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Organisations are reviewing their links with the Duke of York (Tim Goode/PA)
Organisations are reviewing their links with the Duke of York (Tim Goode/PA)

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

Here is a look at how some of the businesses and organisations associated with the Duke of York have reacted to his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew’s initiative for tech entrepreneurs Pitch@Palace has removed its web page listing corporate supporters, and the Outward Bound Trust, which has a long association with the royal family, is considering the duke’s role as patron.

The Financial Times reported that one prominent backer of Pitch@Palace is pushing for the Queen’s son to relinquish his association with the scheme, which he founded in 2014.

– Cutting ties 

KPMG – Pitch@Palace founding partner – Sponsorship contract expired at the end of October and will not be renewed.

Standard Chartered – Will not be renewing sponsorship of Pitch@Palace in December, citing “commercial reasons”.

Aon – Asked for its logo to be removed from the Pitch@Palace website, saying it had never been involved in the scheme in any capacity.

Gravity Road – Supporter of Pitch@Palace – Reported to be no longer working with the charity.

Advertising Week Europe – Supporter of Pitch@Palace – Reported to not be inviting Pitch@Palace to be part of its meeting in March.

Inmarsat – Reported to not be renewing its sponsorship of Pitch@Palace.

– Reviewing links

AstraZeneca – Three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace is due to expire at the end of this year and is being reviewed

London Metropolitan University – Reviewing Andrew’s role as patron at board of governors meeting next Tuesday.

Huddersfield University – A student panel passed a motion to lobby the duke to resign as its chancellor.

Outward Bound Trust – Holding a board meeting this week to discuss whether Andrew should stay as patron. He took over the role in March from the Duke of Edinburgh, who dedicated 65 years to the charity.

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Andrew talks to the media after he abseiled down from the top of the Shard in central London (John Stillwell/PA)

Hult International Business School – Will complete the current Pitch@Palace event in early December, but is reviewing its future involvement in the programme.

– Staying put 

Stelios Philanthropic Foundation – The foundation, started by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is understood to be continuing its support for Pitch@Palace for the present.

Barclays – Recently renewed its sponsorship of the initiative, but is understood to be keeping a close eye on the situation.

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