The accountancy giant KPMG is not renewing its sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s entrepreneurial scheme [email protected], it has emerged, in the wake of his much-derided interview in which he defended his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York has been heavily criticised as having shown neither contrition nor sympathy for Epstein’s child victims in the BBC Newsnight interview and his suitability as patron to scores of charities and organisations has been called into question as a result.
On Monday, after it was reported by Sky News, Buckingham Palace confirmed that KPMG, a founding partner of [email protected], a mentorship scheme for budding entrepreneurs, was no longer involved, its contract having ended in October.
The accountancy firm refused to comment but the prince’s relationship with Epstein – and Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts), who says she had sex with the duke when she was 17, a claim he denies – has been under renewed scrutiny since the billionaire financier was arrested in July. The previously convicted child sex offender killed himself in prison in August.
The palace said a full programme of [email protected] events would continue. However, the organisation’s webpage listing its supporters, which previously included KPMG as well as the likes of Air Asia, Bosch, Standard Chartered, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Bank of China and Barclays, had been taken down. Read more