This post was first published by My London on 26/11/2019.
Croydon’s Whitgift School cuts ties with Prince Andrew over links to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
The private South Croydon school is ‘seeking a new patron’
The Whitgift School in Croydon has cut all ties with Prince Andrew following outrage over his links to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of York had been a longstanding patron to the school, on Haling Park Road, South Croydon, and last visited in May 2018.
But controversy has surrounded the prince, particularly since the publication of a BBC interview where he spoke about his association with sex offender Epstein.
At least 230 organisations and charities had Prince Andrew as a patron before the interview aired, although many – like Whitgift School – have since said they will be “seeking a new patron”.
Chris Ramsey, headmaster at Whitgift School, said: “Following the Duke of York’s decision to stand aside from public duties, a decision has been made by the school and with the approval of the court of governors, to seek new patronages in the future.”
The prince said last week he will “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”, although Buckingham Palace confirmed this may only be “temporary”.
Prince Andrew said last week: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffery Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.
“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.
“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.
“Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”