Advertising Week Europe, which has supported the Pitch@Palace project (main picture) and was hailed as an official supporter by the prince, is the latest company to pull its backing for the beleaguered duke. Bosses will not be inviting the Duke of York or his team to its four-day summit in London next March – one of the world’s largest annual gatherings of advertising executives and experts. Andrew’s former supporters are in full retreat today with the future of his Dragons’ Den-inspired charity now looking precarious because of the Epstein scandal and claims he had sex with his 17-year-old ‘slave’ Virginia Roberts (together left in 2001) three times. Earlier today Standard Chartered revealed to MailOnline that its bosses have decided they will not be renewing its sponsorship when it ends in February. Pitch@Palace has been forced to delete the webpage hailing its 35 key backers – and five businesses (right) including KPMG have now confirmed they will no longer work with the duke along with two of Australia’s most prestigious universities, Bond University in Queensland and Melbourne’s RMIT. In Britain, London Metropolitan University is also considering whether to sack him as patron and the University of Huddersfield says it is now ‘listening’ to students raging over the decision to back him as Chancellor last night.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail UK