Prince Andrew will not be present when US President Donald Trump and other Nato leaders meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The “disgraced” duke, who has been left struggling to recover from a “car crash” television interview, has not been named by Buckingham Palace as attending the event.
The Queen’s second eldest son has faced a backlash after the interview in which he was questioned about his links to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In the wake of it he was forced to sack his most senior aide, several large organisations withdrew their support for his entrepreneurship scheme, and he stood down as the chancellor and patron of two different universities.
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Andrew’s lack of presence will no doubt be noted as a raft of other family members will be in attendance.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will formally greeting the international delegation.
Other royals at the event will include the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
The Duke of Cambridge will be away on an official visit to the Middle East.
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Prince Andrew has previously said he regretted this 2010 meeting with Epstein
An air ambulance service has become the latest charity to withdraw its connection to the Duke of York.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) said “staff, volunteer and donor opinion” had led to the move by its trustee board.
It follows Prince Andrew’s appearance on BBC Newsnight and the controversy over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The duke opened the air ambulance base at Nostell in 2015.
For several months the duke had been facing questions over his ties to US financier Epstein, who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers, claimed she was forced to have sex with the prince three times. The duke has always denied any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.
BT and Barclays have joined universities and other charities in distancing themselves from the duke.
YAA, which has become the latest charity to withdraw its connection, said: “As a charity funded generously by public donations, we must seriously consider the opinions of our donors and supporters, and this has been a significant factor in reaching this decision.”
Prince Andrew, 59, announced on Wednesday he would step back from royal duties and all organisations he is patron of because the Epstein scandal had become a “major disruption” to the Royal Family.
Buckingham Palace had described it as “a personal decision” following discussions with the Queen and Prince Charles.
Prince Andrew’s resignation from all royal duties followed an interview on the BBC’s Newsnight programme
He is no longer patron of the Outward Bound Trust, the English National Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Metropolitan University.
The University of Huddersfield has also said the prince would step down as chancellor .
The main role of a royal patron is to raise the profile and attract publicity for work done by charities.
The prince will no longer carry out public engagements but will still attend Royal Family events such as Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday.
Standard Chartered Bank and KPMG also announced they were withdrawing support for the duke’s business mentoring initiative Pitch@Palace, though sources told the BBC the decisions were made before the interview.
Four Australian universities also said they would not be continuing their involvement in Pitch@Palace Australia.
Prince Andrew also cancelled a planned visit to flood-hit areas of Yorkshire on 19 November, the Sun newspaper reported .
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Fury as convicted perv who escaped jail is released despite guilty plea
A CONVICTED Paedophile who escaped jail because it was claimed he had effectively been ‘cured’ has walked free again-despite pleading guilty to fresh sex charges.
Mark Andrew Coney (36), of Castletown Road, Dungannon, sexually assaulted an adult female as she sat in her car with her friend. He also admitted making contact with a young boy in England, sending him graphic sex images and texts, and was only caught when the child’s mother took over the conversation. Relatives of one of his victims stormed out from Dungannon Magistrates Court in disgust as a judge handed him an extended Probation Order rather than send him to jail. Coney further admitted breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order on May 21st, 2018. But there’s great anger about how the court has dealt with Coney this time after he escaped jail for previous offending following a psychologist’s report. In January 2018, Coney walked free from Dungannon Crown Court after he admitted five charges relating to sexual offences with a child, some of which occurred, incredibly, while his own toddler was in a baby seat in the rear of his car. There were three victims in the case-two girls and a boy-all of whom the court was told were “very young children”.
The offences occurred between July 1st and 4th 2016 in a number of locations in the Dungannon area including a shopping complex and a park. The first offence involved Coney getting out of his car close to the Oakes Shopping Centre, Dungannon, to expose himself to a child, and then appear to fondle himself. On the next occasion two children-one aged 11 and the other eight, were playing in a park when Coney pulled up in his car. He proceeded to show the youngsters pictures of male genitalia on his phone and asked them if they knew what they were. During that hearing a defence barrister explained: “A wire came lose during a period in my client’s life and he understands the unbelievable strain these offences have placed on his family, his victims, their families.” Referring to a psychologist report, the defence said Money’s offending had come about through a combination of boredom, sexual pre-occupation with internet chat rooms and outdoor sexual themes, complicated by an obsessive predisposition, alcohol, high-energy drinks and inappropriate internet use. The defence-obtained report stated: “This particular compulsion has now passed… a custodial sentence would not be beneficial.”
Although assessed as a medium likelihood of reoffending, Coney was not believed to present a serious risk of significant harm, and that “this behaviour was totally out of character”. The court was persuaded to place Coney under a two-year probation order. But within weeks Coney was back committing sex offences and placing a number of fresh victims at great harm. This week a court was told how in July the same year two females were seated in a car when Coney approached, making “highly sexualised and uninvited comments”. Licking his lips, he said to one victim: “You’d be young. What age are you? Why does there have to be a door between us.” Coney commented on the woman’s breasts, then reached through the lowered window and put his hand down the back of her top, before running his hand around her neck and feeling her hair.
Laughing, he moved to the other side of the car and tried the handle several times to gain access. In an attempt to prevent them driving away, he placed his bicycle under the car, which caused damage. Throughout, Coney made “very sexually threatening comments to both women”, who were left anxious and traumatised. It then emerged he’d been texting a young boy in England and despite discovering his age he continued to send filthy texts and images-until the boy’s mother found out and went to the police. Judge Brian Sherrard QC said: “These were two different sets of very serious offending and the normal course would be immediate imprisonment.” However, it was felt the four months served while on remand accounted for the appropriate sentence for the incident on the two women. Opting for a three-year Probation Order, the judge said: “I am compelling you to undertake a further programme of work.” At this point, relatives of the sexually assaulted female stormed from the court in anger.
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WHO DARES SINS: TOP OFFICER JAILED FOR WATCHING LIVE ABUSE
A SENIOR British Army officer-jailed for a catalogue of child sex crimes-masterminded the murder of three young Irish republicans.
Andrew Whiddett-banged up for three years and two months after he pleaded guilty to abusing kids abroad-is a former member of the SAS. Lieutenant Colonel Whiddett served several tours of duty in the North of Ireland during the mid-1980s. And he was rewarded with an MBE from the Queen. Whiddett worked undercover in the Bogside and Creggan areas of Derry, which included carrying out close quarter surveillance on deceased Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness. But we can reveal the 70-year-old pervert also led the team which shot dead IRA men Charles Breslin (20), and brothers Michael (22) and David Devine (16), in Strabane nearly 35 years ago. The men were ambushed by British soldiers as they were about to dump their weapons following a failed IRA operation.
◾He led SPECIAL FORCES UNIT’S DEADLY AMBUSH
In May this year, Croydon Crown Court heard how Whiddett-a former Head of Security at the British Embassy in Baghdad-directed ‘livestreamed abuse’ of children in the Philippines. Whiddett-who graduated from Sandhurst Military College alongside Princess Ann’s first husband Mark Phillips-had used his laptop to contact known Filipino child sex facilitators in Manila. And using the Skype, he directed the sexual abuse of young girls from the comfort of his home on the south coast of England. On one occasion he messaged the young girl’s mother with: “Lots of teaching before I arrive.”
◾he paid FOR SICKENING ACTS ON LIVESTREAM Video
But detectives from the National Crime Agency were able to prove Whiddett had made 49 payments totalling £8,584 for various live sex services involving children. And in court he admitted attempting to cause or incite a nine-year-old girl and another aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity. He also pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence in September 2016. The National Crime Agency said he told his contact in Manila that he wanted to sexually abuse a child when he visited the Philippines the following month.
Whiddett also admitted three further charges of making indecent photographs of a child. Sending the ex-SAS man to jail for three years and two months, Judge Nicolas Ainley also put him on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely. And he told him: “I’m well aware of the service dedicated to this country, but children-wherever they are in the world-need protected from this sort of activity.” Detectives from the NCA gripped Whiddett as he made his way through Heathrow Airport shortly after he had returned to the UK from Manila. He made a number of admissions, but insisted he was only sexually interested in mature women. He was lying.
NCA officer Gary Fennelly said: “Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him. “He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of his own home.” The police officer revealed that in one computer conversation with a woman in Manila, Whiddett made it clear he wanted to sexually abuse her little girl when he visited the Philippines in a few weeks’ time. During a 25-minute exchange on September 28th 2016, the former SAS man asked a Philippine woman if the young girl with her would be available when he arrives. And he said: “Need to do more teaching. Look forward to touch” and “lots of teaching before I arrive.” Whiddett further asked the woman: “If I visit would you let me see daughter?” and “If I visit what would you allow me to do?” Travel records show Whiddett flew to Manila in the Philippines on October 21st 2016. Whiddett, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on October 31st 2017. And after his conviction at Croydon Crown Court, he was jailed in May this year, although full details of the case have only recently emerged.
Provos’ top team that scared cops wanted taken out
RUC top brass were so concerned for the safety of their officers in Strabane in 1985 that they called in the SAS, the Sunday World has learned.
A series of intelligence reports read by senior officers early in the New Year revealed a ruthless IRA unit based in Strabane was determined to kill a policeman. Led by OC 20-year-old Charles Breslin, the IRA team had already engaged in several gun attacks on the heavily fortified RUC station. On one occasion, Breslin jumped up on a rear perimeter wall and he sprayed machine-gun fire at officers as they made their way across the car park. Eye-witnesses say it was a miracle no one was killed. But Detective Superintendent Sam Donaldson-who was in charge of Special Branch in the North West-had received permission from Margaret Thatcher’s office to call on the services of the SAS. Some months before, 36-year-old Major Andrew Whiddett had gone to Donaldson with a blueprint of how he and his SAS team proposed to abduct senior republican Martin McGuinness, before weighting his body and drowning him in the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the senior RUC man rejected the plan out of hand, he asked him to work out a way of neutralising the Strabane IRA using lethal force if necessary. Whiddett travelled to Strabane every day for a week from his base at Fort George in Derry. He read intelligence reports and studied the lie of the land around known IRA arms dumps in the border town. A few days later on February 23rd, an opportunity presented itself. And Whiddett lost no time in scrambling his team. The SAS men staked out an IRA arms dump near the Head of the Town district. And when Charlie Breslin showed up with fellow IRA men Michael and David Devine, they knew they were in business.
The police in Strabane began receiving a series of telephone calls from concerned locals claiming a man had been spotted brandishing an axe in the Head of the Town. But it was a ruse to lure cops into the area and so they stayed put. The Tom and Jerry routine lasted hours. And when no police had taken the bait by the early hours of the morning, the IRA men decided to return their weapons. As Breslin and the Devine brothers neared the hidden arms dump in a field, the SAS team revealed themselves and on Whiddett’s orders they opened fire. The relentless sound of gunfire echoed around the town as the SAS pumped 117 rounds in the direction of the IRA men. Michael Devine (22), from Courtral Park, was hit 28 times. An RUC patrol was quickly dispatched from the police station. And one officer who was present told the Sunday World this week: “It sounded to us as though World War Three had broken out. “I saw three dead bodies and there were dozens of spent shells glistening in the early morning light. “I had a machine-gun in my hand. And an SAS man-who was also holding a machine-gun-told me to shoot out a streetlight.
“But I just told him, ‘Shoot it out yourself’ and he did!”he said. He added: “The next thing, a helicopter landed and the SAS men were gone.” At the scene, the RUC recovered a large stockpile of IRA weapons, but the sheer brutality of the murders caused outrage among the Catholic community. Many believed the IRA team-which included 16-year-old David Devine-could easily have been disarmed and arrested. On May 7th 2002 at the High Court in Belfast, the families of the dead IRA men accepted undisclosed compensation from the Ministry of Defence. The Sunday World understands it was in the region of £90,000 for each of the deceased. The murders remain controversial. Locals reported that after the hail of gunfire, three final shots rang out against the dawn sky. Witnesses say that in the seconds before the last shots they heard local voices cry out, “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot”. An English voice is said to have replied, “You’re too fucking late mate.”
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Barclays has become the latest big company to pull its support for Prince Andrew’s business mentoring initiative.
The bank joined firms including Standard Chartered and KPMG in cutting ties with Pitch@Palace, which provides start-ups with advice and contacts.
There has been a growing backlash over a BBC Newsnight interview about the royal’s friendship with convicted US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince is stepping down from royal duties for the “foreseeable future”.
Following Wednesday’s statement confirming this, a variety of organisations have continued to announce the end of their association with the prince.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was among those on Friday to confirm he would no longer be its patron.
Announcing its decision to cut ties with the Pitch@Palace, Barclays, which had been an official partner of the scheme, said: “In light of the current situation, we have informed Pitch@Palace that going forward we will, regretfully, no longer be participating in the programme.
“Pitch@Palace has been historically highly successful in supporting entrepreneurs and job creation and we hope a way forward can be found that means they can continue this important work.”
Earlier, it emerged the woman who organised the Duke of York’s interview with the BBC about his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been moved from her role as the prince’s private secretary following his withdrawal from royal duties .
Amanda Thirsk, who has worked for the duke since 2012, will become chief executive of Pitch@Palace.
It remains unclear what role the duke will have at Pitch@Palace, which he founded in 2014, moving forwards.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman would not comment on reports the duke had stepped down from leading Pitch.
She said: “The duke will continue to work on Pitch and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of Buckingham Palace.
“We recognise there will be a period of time while this transition takes place.”
BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the decision to move Ms Thirsk into her new role was part of a “downscaling” of the duke’s office.
The BBC understands there are no plans to recruit a replacement.
Our correspondent added it was a demonstration of the Queen and Prince Charles acting “very assertively when they perceived a reputational risk to the monarchy itself”.
Newsnight producer Sam McAlister, who has been credited with securing the interview for the BBC , said Ms Thirsk was the person she was “mostly dealing with” during the negotiation process.
She told GQ magazine she was “extremely charming, well-informed, thorough and brilliant”.
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One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed she was forced to have sex with the duke three times. Prince Andrew has “categorically” denied having any sexual contact with her.
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On Friday, the English National Ballet, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Metropolitan University all announced the prince would no longer be their patron, with immediate effect.
Lawyers representing Epstein’s accusers have also urged the prince to speak to US authorities about his former friendship with Epstein.
In his statement announcing that he would be stepping back from royal duties, the prince said he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required”.
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