University of Huddersfield students calling for the Duke of York to be sacked as chancellor say he is “not the sort of role model” to represent them.
They accused Prince Andrew of failing to show integrity and accountability in a BBC interview about his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
It comes as businesses, charities and institutions continue to react to what critics called a “car-crash” interview.
The prince has stood by his decision to speak out.
On Monday, the Huddersfield students’ union panel passed a motion to lobby the prince to resign as their chancellor, following a campaign launched by Tristan Smith.
The university has since said that it listens to its students’ views and will “now be consulting with them over the coming weeks”.
Several other organisations are reviewing their association with Prince Andrew following his appearance on Saturday’s Newsnight.
On Tuesday, Standard Chartered bank said it would not continue its sponsorship of the Duke of York’s entrepreneurship initiative.
Accountancy firm KPMG has also said it will not be renewing its support of Pitch@Palace, while pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca and Hult International Business School are reviewing their partnerships with the scheme.
London Metropolitan University has also said it will consider Prince Andrew’s role as its patron, saying it “opposes all forms of discrimination, abuse and human trafficking”.
Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Tuesday, Mr Smith criticised the prince over his friendship with US financier Epstein – who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in the US.
He accused the Queen’s third child of “trying to dismiss” the row and failing to recognise Epstein’s victims.
Mr Smith said: “It seems very unreasonable, I think, that we would value students going out into the world with integrity, with morals, with upstanding reputations – and then that not being reflected in our chancellor’s behaviour and his statements, which I’ve found to be very upsetting.”
Fellow undergraduate Margaux Haime said: “If it was any other person I feel like they would have. It could have been a member of staff, a student, any one of us – there would have been immediate actions.”
Meanwhile, a woman who has accused Epstein of sexually abusing her as a 15-year-old has urged Prince Andrew to share information about his former friend.
The accuser, identified as “Jane Doe 15”, did not accuse Prince Andrew of any wrongdoing but called on him and others to come forward and give a statement under oath.
Elsewhere, former home secretary Jacqui Smith alleged that Prince Andrew made racist comments to her during a state dinner.
“I have to say the conversation left us slack-jawed with the things that he felt it was appropriate to say,” she told the LBC election podcast.
And Rohan Silva, who was an adviser to former prime minister David Cameron, also accused the prince of using a racial slur in his presence.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman strenuously denied the claims, adding that Prince Andrew “does not tolerate racism in any form”.
There was also further reaction to the prince’s BBC appearance.
Actress Rose McGowan – one of the most prominent figures of the #MeToo movement – told the Victoria Derbyshire programme she thought it was not a truthful interview.
“It’s also certainly not the mark of someone who is an empathetic character who cares about victims in any way,” she added.
The actress also said she wished more questions had been asked about Epstein’s alleged victims.
“We can’t forget there is human tragedy behind this… This has serious repercussions, serious ramifications and serious pain that is involved in this story.”
However, Alastair Campbell – Tony Blair’s ex-communications chief – said that although he thought the interview was a “mistake”, it was not “as bad as it is now being defined”.
Mr Campbell, who was another high-profile Briton to be named in Epstein’s 97-page “black book” of contacts, also told the Today programme that he met the financier on a visit to the US for a funeral and found him to be “a bit creepy”.
Prince Andrew’s BBC interview followed allegations by Virginia Giuffre, known at the time as Virginia Roberts, who claims the prince had sex with her on three occasions – the first when she was aged 17.
Prince Andrew “categorically” denied having had sexual contact with her.
- He had investigations carried out to establish whether a photograph of him with Ms Giuffre was faked, but they were inconclusive
- He would testify under oath if “push came to shove” and his lawyers advised him to
- He was unaware of an arrest warrant against Epstein when he invited him to Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party at Windsor Castle
- He does not regret his friendship with Epstein because of “the opportunities I was given to learn” from him about trade and business
- Speaking out about his relationship with the financier had become almost “a mental health issue” for him