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

The accountancy firm is thought to have built government decisions at the end of October.

The controversy over the prince’s ties to the imprisoned sex wrongdoer 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 brat 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 accusations in the US.

The BBC has contacted Buckingham Palace for explain involving KPMG’s decision.

The accountancy and examining conglomerate – which is not the only corporation associated with Pitch @Palace – declined to comment.

The scheme was founded by the prince in 2014 and involves entrepreneurs rivalling for the chance to pitch their business ideas to influential business figures.

The project operates in 64 countries and claims to have created more than 6,300 jobs.

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