21 Nov עופר איתן Divulges: All 200 of Prince Andrew’s charities ‘to seek new patrons’ …
Prince Andrew’s withdrawal from public life over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal means that all 200 of his charities will need to seek new patrons.
The Queen ordered the Duke of York to step down in an attempt to contain the fall-out from his disastrous TV interview about his friendship with the paedophile billionaire.
It comes as ten of the 35 worldwide sponsors of Andrew’s beloved [email protected] charity pulled the plug on their support and funding.
After his sacking, palace sources confirmed charities he was affiliated with would no longer receive his patronage.
The Duke of York is a patron of the English National Ballet (pictured at the 2011 summer party) but his withdrawal from public life means that all of his 200 charities will need new patrons
Andrew leaves Buckingham Palace after spending the afternoon there behind a desk on Tuesday – the first time he had been seen since his BBC interview
They refused to reveal how long his exile will last, telling the Times that charities finding other patrons ‘was a matter for them’.
However, they did add that he would attend events like Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday as a member of the royal family.
Andrew’s now-infamous interview triggered days of catastrophic headlines and caused a string of businesses and charities to desert him.
Following lengthy discussions with the Prince of Wales, who is touring New Zealand, the Queen summoned Andrew to Buckingham Palace and told him to step down yesterday.
The Queen (left, meeting David Attenborough on Tuesday) and Charles (right, with Andrew at St Paul’s Cathedral) decided the Duke of York should step down
Pictured: The Queen put a brave face on today as she met Sir David Attenborough and (right) Princess Eugenie is seen leaving the Elephant Family Charity dinner in London as her father faces the backlash
Earlier, the English National Ballet also told MailOnline that it was reviewing Prince Andrew’s role as patron, before his withdrawal from public life was announced.
The Duke of York’s disastrous BBC interview and toxic friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has caused ‘real concern’ for the board of trustees and among staff that his official role could undermine their work with youngsters, it has been claimed.
A source told The Times: ‘Everyone is hoping that it can be resolved without requiring collective discussion. But at some point it will require that discussion if he does not stand down. The trouble is he has a thick skin and I am sure he would be reluctant to’.
English National Ballet refused to comment on the alleged plot but a spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The matter of English National Ballet’s patronage is being discussed by its trustees. We have no further comment at this time’.
Andrew is the patron of 189 charities and organisations including 28 golf clubs and societies – who will all need new patrons now.
These are the 35 businesses that support his start -up project: [email protected] but ten have now quit. 5 businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road and five academic institutions: Bond University in Queensland, Melbourne’s RMIT, University of Wollongong, Murdoch University in Perth and Fondation Rideau Hall in Canada. The Stelios Foundation and the Chinese Li Ka Shing Foundation are the only two to stand by him
Andrew was at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, to promote his [email protected] charity in October (pictured) but the institution has now severed ties with him
Pictured: Prince Andrew leaves Windsor today in his Range but he is yet speak out about his BBC interview
Five big businesses: Advertising Week Europe, KPMG, Aon, Standard Chartered and Gravity Road say they will no longer be involved. Five universities and education groups in Australia, Canada and the UK are also cancelling.
The Telegraph has claimed that other supporters have asked for reassurance that the Duke of York will quit completely to save the charity for young entrepreneurs from collapse.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the meeting and said this ‘would be a matter for the respective organisations.
It came as Andrew finally broke cover 72 hours after his BBC catastrophe as he was banished from royal duties.
The 35 businesses that sponsor Andrew’s charity – and the companies now pulling out after BBC disaster
Advertising Week Europe
Melbourne’s RMIT University
Fondation Rideau Hall
University of Wollongong
Standing by Andrew
Li Ka Shing Foundation
Yet to respond
Bank of China
Business Horizon International Group
China Construction bank
Hult business school
Royal Academy of Engineering
The Duke of York should have been meeting flood-hit communities in the north of England yesterday but instead he was diverted to Buckingham Palace as the backlash after his Newsnight special kept getting worse.
Before he was sacked, sources close to the Queen denied she had summoned her son from Windsor for crisis talks amid the furore over his interview about convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
They insisted it was ‘business as usual’ for the beleaguered royal and they angrily hit back at media coverage of the debacle, saying the public ‘traducing’ of the prince was turning into a ‘personality-motivated witch-hunt’.
But his visit to the flood-hit towns of Fishlake and Stainforth in South Yorkshire was called off as big businesses abandoned him because of his toxic links to Epstein and allegations he had sex with the paedophile’s ‘slave’ Virginia Roberts when she was 17.
Public confidence in him is also on the rocks after a poll found just one in 20 people who watched the Newsnight special were convinced by his bizarre alibis including being in Pizza Express on the night Virginia claims they had sex in London.
It has emerged that the Duke’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who remains close to Andrew, was the ‘driving force’ behind the Royal’s decision to conduct his disastrous TV interview that blew up in his face.
As the prince was put on desk duties, it has emerged:
- Five big businesses including KPMG and Standard Chartered reveal they will no longer support Andrew’s young entrepreneur’s charity – and three universities have also dumped him along with two academic foundations;
- And BT said it could no longer continue Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA);
- Andrew would be willing to co-operate with the US authorities investigating Epstein’s crimes;
- MailOnline reveals that Sarah Ferguson was instrumental in encouraging her ex-husband to do the BBC interview that went so badly;
- Anger as Prince Andrew is mentioned in TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn;
Andrew was earlier seen leaving Windsor Castle for London – but sources close to the Queen insisted that he was not summoned by his mother
Andrew, pictured driving a Bentley followed by his security team in a Land Rover Discovery, as his trip to flood-hit South Yorkshire was scrapped. The Palace blamed electioneering up there but insiders contradicted this by claiming it was because of his BBC disaster
A source said the trip was scrapped as a result of the fall-out from his BBC Newsnight interview about Jeffrey Epstein (pictured together in 2001 with Ghislaine Maxwell behind)
How Duke of York’s annual meetings with Epstein including after he was sent to jail caused Prince Andrew decades of trouble
Here is a timeline of the duke’s relationship with Epstein.
Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein ‘infrequently’, adding ‘probably no more than only once or twice a year’.
Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on…