Scottish Daily Mail

Andrew axes banker pal after sex pest allegation­s


BETTER late than never, I suppose... Prince Andrew’s controvers­ial business partner has been axed from a firm they set up together after his involvemen­t became public.

The Duke of York’s business links with disgraced financier Harry Keogh became known only last month after the pair were revealed to be working together on a management consultanc­y business called Lincelles.

Keogh left the Queen’s bank Coutts in 2018 after he was accused of touching a female colleague inappropri­ately and boasting about his sexual exploits. He reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement which meant he was unable to comment on the allegation­s.

But just over a week after their business relationsh­ip was made public, Keogh is no longer listed with Andrew as a person of significan­t control over the business.

The register on Companies House has been updated to show that he was appointed to this position on June 26 last year when the company was set up and also stepped down the same day. This change was recorded on Wednesday.

Lincelles is understood to be a vehicle for Prince Andrew’s family investment­s, and is named after the 18thcentur­y battle against the French in which the British were commanded by the Duke of York. But it became mired in controvers­y as soon as Keogh’s involvemen­t was made public.

Andrew has faced searching questions over his choice of business partners after his links to the late billionair­e sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were exposed.

Keogh was described as a ‘friend and adviser’ to the prince and is said to have acted as the ‘duke’s private banker for years’. He was also a guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in 2018.

A source close to the Duke tells me: ‘The company has never been operationa­l and the latest paperwork filing is part of the preparatio­n for the closing down of the entire structure, which is expected to be completed shortly.’

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