A collection of public engagements with Prince Andrew have reportedly been cancelled amid the continued Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Organisers feared latest publicity surrounding the Duke of York’s relationship to disgraced financier Epstein would ‘change the narrative’ surrounding his visits.
According to Sky News, his invitation to events alongside the North Antrim coast in Northern Ireland has been withdrawn.
One of the events would have concerned a ceremony at Portrush railway station in County Antrim which has simply had a £5 million improve.
The different venues had not but been confirmed by authorities officers for safety causes.
According to studies, the choice to cancel the duke’s look was taken by the hosts, slightly than the Royal Household.
The prince continues to be attributable to attend a youth golf match in his identify throughout his journey to Northern Ireland.
The annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy is being staged at Royal Portrush Golf Club the place Prince Andrew is a patron.
But Royal Portrush’s committee are mentioned to have been warned it might be ‘inappropriate for the prince to attend’ in mild of allegations made in opposition to him by one in all Epstein’s accusers.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims she was pressured to have intercourse with the duke on three events when she was 17.
The duke has strenuously denied the allegations made in opposition to him.
Royal Portrush haven’t withdrawn the invitation and is ready to listen to whether or not the prince will proceed together with his go to, Sky News studies.
Epstein was going through intercourse trafficking prices regarding the alleged abuse of underage ladies when he killed himself in his jail cell in New York final month.
The billionaire had beforehand been convicted of kid intercourse offences.
Prince Andrew – as soon as photographed with Ms Giuffre – admitted realizing Epstein since 1999 however mentioned he ‘saw him infrequently’.
In a earlier assertion he mentioned: ‘At no stage through the restricted time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the type that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.
‘I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.’
Prince Andrew was on vacation in Spain because the Epstein controversy developed however returned to royal duties final week at a regatta in Dartmouth.
A palace spokesperson mentioned: ‘The Duke of York has a full programme in Northern Ireland as founding father of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
‘HRH will undertake quite a few engagements associated to the match, at which there will likely be 66 sportsmen and ladies from 35 nations.
‘The duke will meet volunteers, supporters and representatives from local businesses, host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes.’