Petition launched to strip Prince Andrew of Earl of Inverness title

Prince Andrew has been widely derided following his BBC Newsnight interview. He has now stepped back from Royal duties with several organisations seeking to distance themselves from the Prince. PIC: BBC Newsnight.
Prince Andrew has been widely derided following his BBC Newsnight interview. He has now stepped back from Royal duties with several organisations seeking to distance themselves from the Prince. PIC: BBC Newsnight.
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A petition has been launched to strip Prince Andrew of the title of Earl of Inverness as pressure continues to grow on the Royal.

The Duke of York has held the Earl of Inverness title since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986.

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Inverness man Matthew Davies launched the petition following the television interview given by the Prince over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claims made by a woman in the US that she was forced to have sex with the Prince when aged 17.

The Prince 'categorically denies' the allegation.

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The petition has been set up as several companies and organisations seek to cut ties with the Prince.

Mr Davies said: "I think that him holding the title of Earl of Inverness puts a stain on our beautiful city.

"I just feel it is embarrassing to have someone like Prince Andrew associated with Inverness."

He added: "I started the petition despite being a huge fan of the Royal Family, especially the Queen, who I think has been wonderful over the past 70 years."

Prince Andrew announced earlier this week that he will be stepping back from public duties after his television interview, in which he appeared to show little empathy for Epstein's victims or remorse for his friendship with the sex offender, was widely derided.

In the wake of the broadcast, a number of charities have cut ties with the Prince, including Huddersfield University.

BT said on Wednesday it would no longer work with iDEA – the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award – while the duke was a patron of the scheme.

Meanwhile, the accountancy firm KPMG, a founding partner of the Pitch@Palace entrepreneurial scheme devised by the Prince, said that its sponsorship contract had expired at the end of October and would not be renewed.

Banking services company Standard Chartered said it would not be renewing its sponsorship of Pitch@Palace – which claims to have generated more than 6,000 jobs – in December, citing “commercial reasons”.