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Company logos vanish from Prince Andrew's website as sex scandal grows

By Estelle Shirbon, Carolyn Cohn

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Andrew arrives by horse and carriage on ladies day at Royal Ascot, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - A scheme for entrepreneurs founded by Prince Andrew has taken down the logos of its corporate sponsors from its website, as firms and charities distance themselves from the British royal over a sex scandal.

 

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, denies an allegation that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl procured for him by his friend Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a U.S. prison in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

 

The scandal has escalated since Andrew’s rambling denials and explanations in a disastrous TV interview aired on Saturday left many viewers incredulous, and his apparent lack of compassion for Epstein’s victims drew widespread condemnation.

 

The “supporters” page on the website of Andrew’s Pitch@Palace programme, which is intended as a platform to boost the work of entrepreneurs, was no longer available on Tuesday.

 

Cached versions of the page, saved in June this year, showed it carried the logos of brands including KPMG, AstraZeneca, Barclays, Cisco, Standard Chartered and Bosch.

 

Pitch@Palace did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

 

Insurance broker AON confirmed it had asked Pitch@Palace to remove its logo from the website. A spokesman said the logo had been placed on the site in error, as AON had no connection to the scheme.

 

KPMG, which was listed as a “founding partner” on the old supporters page, ended its sponsorship of Pitch@Palace on Oct. 31. Several national media in Britain reported the decision was linked to adverse publicity around Andrew at that time. A KPMG spokesman declined to comment.

 

A spokesman for AstraZeneca said the company’s three-year partnership with Pitch@Palace was due to expire at the end of the year and was being reviewed.

 

Separately, British charity The Outward Bound Trust has called a board meeting this week to discuss Andrew’s patronage, a spokeswoman said. Other non-profit organisations are having similar internal discussions, British media said.

 

In Britain, royal patronage is usually considered an honour and a boost for charities.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-11-19
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...17...gee that's getting on a bit.

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 pulling out is the safe thing to do... 

 

 

 

and the way of saying 'no comment', without need to say it...

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Don't worry: all will turn out well and Handy Andy will have a Happy Ending.

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I think it is guaranteed that he is going to be sent home and told to adopt the Schultz posture.

 

I see hear nothing 

see nothing

do nothing

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"Company logos vanish from Prince Andrew's website as sex scandal grows"

 

Vanish ! Sounds like something the Prince would be wise to do.

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4 hours ago, tandor said:

...17...gee that's getting on a bit.

 

16 is the age of consent in the UK. She was an American playing with rich and powerful people. At no time did she run off, ask for help, complain to police, airline staff, immigration etc.

 

Guilty by the media and mob. The new standards of justice!

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4 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

He was in his 40's a member of the RF consorting with a convicted sex offender and pimp as well as sexual activity with what porn sites describe as barely legal and with a girl who claims she was a sex slave. It's not so much what he has done but the dishonesty about it and the lies he has so obviously come out with, comically laughable. His explanation for the photo is the most amusing part- that photo was taken upstairs but I have never been up there etc. idiotic. If his conduct was legal and not immoral then why lie about it?

"...sexual activity with what porn sites describe as barely legal and with a girl who claims she was a sex slave".

I think you'll find that is an unproven allegation that he is denying strongly!

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