Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Prince Andrew has royal invites WITHDRAWN after Epstein scandal – ‘Changes the narrative’ | Royal | News


Prince Andrew was due to make several royal visits in Northern Ireland but his invitation to some of the events has been withdrawn. One organisation expressed concern the Duke’s presence would “change the narrative” surrounding their event, reportedly due to the recent publicity about his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. The decision to cancel was taken by the hosts, rather than the Royal Household, according to Sky News.

One of the events would have involved a ceremony at Portrush railway station which has just had a £5million upgrade.

The other venues have not been confirmed by Government officials for security reasons.

Andrew is still due to attend a youth golf tournament on the North Anrtrim coast, Northern Ireland.

The annual Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is being staged at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Prince Andrew is a patron of the club, and in July he attended The 148th Open Golf Championship which returned to Portrush after an absence of 68 years.

It is understood that Royal Portrush’s committee was warned that the Prince’s visit would be inappropriate in light of the recent negative media attention.

But the invitation will not be withdrawn, given he is both a member and patron of the club.

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

Mr Epstein was found dead in jail last month in an apparent suicide, after being helf on federal sex trafficking charges involving dozens of underage girls. 

The Prince was dragged into the controversy after he was accused of groping a woman’s breast during a visit to Mr Epstein’s apartment in 2001.

The Duke has categorically denied acting improperly with any women.

In a 2015 law suit, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre claimed she had sex with the Prince during a visit to London with Mr Epstein, who she says kept her as a “sex slave”.

The Duke has vehemently denied the accusations.

More to follow…



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