Nov 20, 2019

Prince Andrew: BT refuses to work with firm where the duke is patron

BT has said it will not work with a skills training firm while the Duke of York remains its patron as the fallout from his BBC interview continues. Prince Andrew cancelled a planned visit to flood-hit areas of Yorkshire on Tuesday, three days after the interview aired, the Sun newspaper reported. In his Newsnight interview, the duke answered questions for the first time about his friendship with US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in the US. He "Categorically" denied having any sexual contact with Virginia Giuffre - who was 17 and known as Virginia Roberts when she says the prince first had sex with her - but the interview provoked a backlash. Outward Bound, the charity the Duke of Edinburgh was patron of for 65 years, has called a board meeting to discuss the prince's patronage. Prince Andrew said in the interview that he could not recall ever meeting Virginia Giuffre - despite a photograph of them together - and recalled that he went to Pizza Express in Woking and then returned home the night she claims they first met.

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