Prince Andrew: KPMG ends sponsorship of royal’s scheme

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KPMG has not renewed its sponsorship of the Duke of York’s entrepreneurship initiative, Pitch@Palace.

The accountancy firm is thought to have made the decision at the end of October.

The controversy over the prince’s ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is understood to have been one reason behind the decision.

The revelation follows Prince Andrew’s appearance on BBC Newsnight in what critics called a “car-crash” interview.

In the interview, the Queen’s third child said he still did not regret his friendship with US financier Epstein – who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in the US.