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UK royal said to cancel Bahrain trip as Epstein fallout continues

Prince Andrew has reportedly cancelled plans to travel to the Middle East this weekend as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs

UK royal said to cancel Bahrain trip as Epstein fallout continues

Queen Elizabeth II's second son has been under pressure since a television interview broadcast Saturday.

Prince Andrew has reportedly cancelled a trip to Bahrain as the fallout over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein continues.

The Duke of York was expected to travel to the Middle East this weekend as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs but has cancelled plans, Sky News reported on Friday, citing the UK's Daily Mail.

It also reported that his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been removed from her palace-funded role and will instead become the chief executive of the programme.

According to the newspaper, Thirsk was the driving force behind Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview.

Prince Andrew on Wednesday said he was cancelling his public engagements.

Queen Elizabeth II's second son has been under pressure since a television interview broadcast Saturday in which he defended his links to the disgraced financier, who was found dead in a New York prison in August.

An increasing number of organisations and initiatives backed by Prince Andrew have said they were not renewing or would review their support because of the revelations.