Standard Chartered has become the second corporate collaborator to sever ties with the Duke of York’s business mentoring initiative, Pitch @Palace.

The bank assembled accountancy conglomerate KPMG in pulling support for the scheme.

It said it was not renewing its sponsorship for “commercial reasons”.

Several businesses and universities are reviewing their association with Prince Andrew following a BBC interview about his link to imprisoned fornication wrongdoer Jeffrey Epstein.

Sources have told the BBC the decisions by Standard Chartered and KPMG were induced before the Newsnight interview.

Prince Andrew offset a planned call to flood-hit areas of Yorkshire on Tuesday, three days after the interview aired, the Sun newspaper reported .

It is understood the visit was regarded improper in the midst of an election campaign.

‘Very serious questions’

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were asked about whether the duke was “fit for purpose” during their head-to-head debate on ITV on Tuesday evening.

The Labour leader said there were “very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law”.

The prime minister said: “I believe all our sympathies should be, certainly, with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and the law must certainly take its course.”

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In his Newsnight interview , the Queen’s third child “says hes” still did not regret his friendship with US financier Epstein – who took his life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in the US.

The interview has precipitated a reaction, with occupations, benevolences and other institutions announced today they were reviewing their association with the prince.

In addition to being able to Standard Chartered and KPMG ending their is supportive of Pitch @Palace 😛 TAGEND Pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca and Hult International Business School are reviewing their partnerships with the business scheme Outward Bound, the kindnes the Duke of Edinburgh was patron of for 65 years, has called a board meeting to discuss the prince’s patronage London Metropolitan University said it will consider the prince’s role as its patron, saying it “opposes all forms of discrimination, abuse and human trafficking” University of Huddersfield students are applying for the sovereign to be sacked as their chancellor Three Australian universities scheduled as partnership with Pitch @Palace Australia – Bond University, the University of Wollongong and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – said they had either resolved “the two countries relations” with the initiative or would not be continuing it Prince Andrew stands by ‘car-crash’ interview Epstein’s accusers ‘failed by royalty’ – lawyer Six things we learned from Prince Andrew interview Media captionPrince Andrew on Epstein: ‘There was no indication, perfectly no indication’ Image caption “Jane Doe 15 “, left, gave a news conference with advocate Gloria Allred ANALYSIS: ‘Little apology or remorse’ TRANSCRIPT: Read Prince Andrew’s interview in full AS IT HAPPENED: Newsnight interview REACTION: Prince Andrew ‘bulldozed’ into interrogation

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