Duke quits as patron from St Peter’s charity
Under-fire Duke of York has quit as patron of a charity set up to raise funds for the preservation of the historic St Peter’s Church in St George’s.
Buckingham Palace said the Prince Andrew has stepped down as patron of more than 200 charities — including St Peter’s — over sex allegations.
The Duke, who was removed from public duties last month, is still listed as the patron for the Friends of St Peter’s, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the church.
The Royal Gazette asked Erskin Simmons, chairman of the charity, if the Duke remained as patron, but he did not respond.
Buckingham Palace announced last month that the Duke would step down from all 230 of his patronages over allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl.
The Duke has come under scrutiny in recent years over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender and wealthy financier.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleged in a 2015 court filing that she was paid $10,000 by Epstein to have sex with the Prince when she was 17.
The accusations resurfaced this year when Epstein was arrested on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.
Epstein died in his prison cell on August 10 of what a medical examiner ruled to be suicide.
Ms Giuffre maintained her claims last night in an interview with the BBC programme Panorama.
She called the response by the royal’s to her allegations “BS”.
Ms Giuffre said of the Duke: “He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”
The Duke discussed his friendship with Epstein and the accusations against him in an interview with flagship BBC news magazine Newsweek on November 16. He denied the allegations and said he had “no memory” of a photograph taken with him and Ms Guiffre. The interview was branded a public relations disaster by the British media.
Prince Andrew resigned as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield after students lobbied for his removal in the wake of the scandal.
He also stepped away as patron of the Outward Bound Trust, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Metropolitan University among other organisations.
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