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Prince Andrew's Northern Ireland engagements cancelled after Jeffrey Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew attending an event in Belfast in 2014. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

SOME of Prince Andrew's public engagements in Northern Ireland have been cancelled following publicity around his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Sky News reported that organisers withdrew their invitations, with one expressing concerns that his presence would "change the narrative" surrounding their event.

One of the events includes a ceremony to mark the £5 million upgrade of Portrush railway station.

The British royal has faced scrutiny about his relationship with Epstein, who killed himself in jail last month while facing child sex trafficking charges.

The prince is still due to attend a youth golf tournament - the annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy - at Royal Portrush Golf Club next week.

Prince Andrew is a patron of the club, and attended The 148th Open Golf Championship in Portrush in July.

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