Fallout from Prince Andrew’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein Hits His Initiatives and Royal Patronages

Fallout from Prince Andrew‘s links to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has led to several businesses and charities pulling their support from the royal’s initiatives. A number of charities, universities and corporate sponsors are reevaluating their ties to the Duke of York, who spoke at length about his friendship with Epstein in a bombshell BBC Newsnight interview that aired on Saturday. RELATED: 7 Biggest Bombshells from Prince Andrew’s ‘No Holds Barred’ Interview About Jeffrey Epstein Multinational pharmaceutical specialist AstraZeneca is also likely to follow suit by the start of 2020. Sources within both companies have told PEOPLE that the decision has been largely prompted by Andrew’s links to Epstein and the allegations of Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre), who alleges she was forced to have sex with the royal three times between 1999 and 2002 in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein. A spokesperson from the educational charity The Outward Bound Trust confirmed to PEOPLE that the organization will be “holding a board meeting to discuss the Duke of York’s patronage this week.”

Source: People

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