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Prince Andrew loses corporate sponsors following controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview

Prince Andrew loses corporate sponsors following controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview

View photos Prince Andrew loses corporate sponsors following controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview More Britain’s Prince Andrew is facing fallout over his controversial weekend interview about his former friend, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, over the weekend.

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During his rare televised interview with BBC Saturday, the Duke of York  emphatically denied once again that he slept with one of Epstein‘s alleged “sex slaves” when she was 17. 

But Queen Elizabeth II’s younger son faced backlash for his lack of empathy for the victims and for defending his friendship with Epstein, who died by suicide  in his federal jail cell in August while awaiting new sex trafficking charges.

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As a result of the interview, corporate sponsors started to pull their support and distance themselves from the prince’s [email protected]  networking initiative, which connects entrepreneurs with various business leaders.

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View photos Britain’s Prince Andrew‘s effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. More Cisco Systems told USA TODAY it cut ties with Prince Andrew‘s networking program in April 2019. The company’s final work with the program was in June.

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Accounting firm KPMG terminated it’s sponsorship with the duke in October, according to CNN and Sky News . (KPMG declined to comment to USA TODAY.)

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca may follow suit. A spokesperson told USA TODAY that the company’s partnership with [email protected] is due to expire at the end of the year, and is currently being reviewed

More: Prince Andrew, in ‘no holds barred’ interview with BBC, says he doesn’t remember meeting accuser

Since The Duke of York created #pitchatpalace in 2014, it has helped 1,042 Entrepreneurs, from 64 countries, generate £1,345m+ economic activity and create 6,323 jobs

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The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) November 15, 2019 Prince Andrew founded [email protected] in 2014 to give “entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality,” by connecting them with CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Prince Andrew loses sponsors after Jeffrey Epstein interview