Prince Andrew's role at Outward Bound Trust to be discussed

The charity is holding a board meeting this week, with the under-fire prince's role as royal patron on the agenda after his interview with the BBC's Newsnight

Prince Andrew abseiled down the Shard in 2012 to raise money for the trust (Photograph: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew abseiled down the Shard in 2012 to raise money for the trust (Photograph: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew could be asked to step down as royal patron for the Outward Bound Trust in the wake of his interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme at the weekend.

The trust, which takes young people on adventure and learning trips into the wilderness, said it would hold a board meeting this week, with the prince’s future as its patron on the agenda.

Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, who is a trustee for the Outward Bound Trust, will not attend the board meeting because of an obvious conflict of interest, a spokeswoman for the charity said.

The meeting comes after an interview was broadcast on Saturday evening in which Prince Andrew discussed his long-running friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The interview was widely seen as a disaster for the prince and has subsequently increased media scrutiny of his relationship with Epstein.

Epstein committed suicide earlier this year while in prison awaiting trial in the US on sex-trafficking charges.

The spokeswoman for the Outward Bound Trust said the Duke of York’s patronage was on the board meeting’s agenda as a result of the recent news about him.

Prince Andrew was appointed patron of the trust in March after his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, retired from the role.

Media reports said a number of private companies were now considering ending their sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s charitable initiative Pitch@Palace, which promotes entrepreneurship.

Prince Andrew was formerly a patron for the NSPCC’s Full Stop campaign, which ended in 2009. He is no longer a patron of the children’s charity.

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