Prince An­drew loses busi­ness back­ers over Ep­stein fall­out

Orlando Sentinel - - NEWS - By Dan­ica Kirka

LON­DON — 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.

Like most se­nior mem­bers of the royal fam­ily, An­drew is a 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

by a man with ties to or­ga­nized child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and as­sault.”

“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.”

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.

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.


Bri­tain’s Prince An­drew, the Duke of York, de­liv­ers a speech ear­lier this month at the ASEAN Busi­ness and In­vest­ment Sum­mit in Non­thaburi, Thai­land.

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