Bond University breaks ties with Prince Andrew after a disastrous TV interview about Jeffrey Epstein
ANOTHER Australian university breaks ties with Prince Andrew after the royal gentleman did not regret his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein in a disastrous narrative interview
- Bond University has broken ties with Prince Andrew & # 39; s Pitch @ Palace competition
- Decision of the Gold Coast institution has been made in the light of recent events & # 39;
- Join a growing number of organizations worldwide that broke ties this week
- Comes after the Duke of York TV interview about Jeffrey Epstein's friendship
The consequences of Prince Andrew's disastrous television interview continue to roll on after one of Australia's most prestigious universities broke ties with the controversial royal band.
The Bond University of Queensland has ended its involvement in the Pitch @ Palace competition, a global entrepreneurial competition of the Duke of York.
It follows the royal accident car-all television interview with BBC's Newsnight about his friendship with the American billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Bond University has ended its ties with the Pitch @ Palace competition of Prince Andrew. He was pictured at the University on the Gold Coast during a visit to 2017
Bond University is the newest in a growing number of organizations that have moved quickly from Prince Andrew in recent days.
& # 39; We said earlier that a new agreement would be considered in 2020. However, in the light of recent events, the university does not intend to seek further involvement & # 39 ;, according to the university statement.
Bond was one of the four Australian university partners involved in the program.
The Gold Coast institution was visited again in 2017 and last year by the Duke of York.
He was also in Australia last month for the Pitch @ Palace final at Murdoch University in Perth, where 42 starting entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch their starting venture.
Prince Andrew appeared to show no remorse for his friendship with billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a television interview with BBC & # 39; s Newsnight
Bond University's announcement comes after the RMIT University of Melbourne confirmed its commitment to the program last month.
& # 39; RMIT wants to be a place where everyone has the opportunity to shape their future and we remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that RMIT is a safe and inclusive place to work and study, & # 39; said a spokesperson Courier Mail.
University of Wollongong and Murdoch University the involvement of litter years in the & # 39; program is currently being assessed & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The University remains committed to supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs in Australia, and its assessment will consider whether Pitch @ Palace remains an effective way to provide that support & # 39 ;, said a University spokesperson from Wollongong.
Woodside, based in Perth, also confirmed to the publication that it will not continue its one-time sponsorship of the program.
Jeffrey Epstein was a pedophile billionaire who committed suicide in a cell in New York in August
Prince Andrew founded Pitch @ Palace in 2014 to provide a platform for enhancing and speeding up the work of entrepreneurs and allowing them to meet people who can help make their business dreams come true.
& # 39; Pitch @ Palace guides, helps and connects entrepreneurs and start-up companies with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners, an Australian website for the program states.
Global accounting firm KPMG was one of the first companies in the UK to end its sponsorship with the Pitch @ Palace program this week in light of & # 39; negative publicity & # 39 ;.
The British banking giant Standard Chartered also confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that it had broken its ties.
Bond University is one of a growing number of organizations worldwide that distance themselves from Prince Andrew (pictured at the university in 2017)
There are also serious doubts about Andrew's ties with 189 charities in the UK and abroad, with various refusals to say whether the prince has their support because of his friendship with Epstein and allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts.
He appeared on BBC Newsnight to answer questions about his relationship with Epstein, a pedophile billionaire who committed suicide in prison.
During the & # 39; make or break & # 39; Saturday's appearance at BBC's Newsnight, marked the Duke of York Pitch @ Palace – a Dragons & Den-style scheme for entrepreneurs – as a vital way to reconnect with the public after the scandal.
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