London (AP) - The British controversial because of abuse allegations Prince Andrew (59) has lost an important sponsor for a project. The auditing firm KPMG no longer supports Andrew's initiative "Pitch @ Palace", as the news agency PA reported on Tuesday.

The contract expired at the end of October, according to Buckingham Palace. "Pitch @ Palace" is a mentoring program for technology start-ups, among others.

Other institutions are considering distancing themselves from Andrew. Students from Huddersfield University have voted whether they want to get rid of the Royal as Chancellor. The result should be known in the next few days. The 59-year-old is - like the other royals - patron of many organizations. The first are already considering whether they should draw conclusions.

Prince Andrew has come under pressure after his BBC interview with US multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. It left critics with more questions than answers in the abuse scandal. Commentators speak of a "public relations disaster". Andrew was friends for years with the convicted businessman Epstein.

The American was accused of sexually abusing dozens of minors. In addition, Epstein built according to indictment between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida on abuse ring. One of the victims claims to have been forced to have sex with Andrew several times. The Royal strictly rejects this. Epstein had killed himself on August 10 in a New York prison.

Official website of the Royals to pitch @ palace