Prince Andrew has cancelled an upcoming trip to Bahrain amid pressure to give evidence to the FBI, the Mirror can reveal.

The Duke had planned to fly to Bahrain on Saturday for a [email protected] charity event despite stepping back from royal duties for the foreseeable future, it is understood.

Andrew will continue working on his [email protected] project, which allows young tech entrepreneurs to compete for backing and funding in front of a live audience, but it will be done privately without the support of Buckingham Palace.

A palace spokeswoman earlier said: "He will continue to work on Pitch but will look at how to do that outside and entirely separate from the palace."

This comes as the scandal-hit prince faced criticism and calls to co-operate with the FBI after his "car crash" BBC Newsnight interview about his paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein and claims he had sex with a 17-year-old trafficking victim.

Andrew has repeatedly denied claims that he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts) on three occasions when she was a teen.

American lawyers representing Epstein's alleged victims have hinted that the Queen's son could be subpoenaed to force him to answer questions under oath.

Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties
 

Solicitor Lisa Bloom said she had "the right" to seek a statement from individuals she deemed to have "relevant information".

She told BBC Breakfast: "It's not going to be easy to subpoena someone like Prince Andrew, he's obviously not walking down the street where a process server can just hand him a piece of paper, it's a lot more complicated.

"If he refused to come, we may have a diplomatic situation between (the UK) and (the US). I hope it doesn't come to that.

The Duke of York speaks during a [email protected] event

"I take him at his word that he says he is going to co-operate, and I hope that's what's going to happen."

Asked if an FBI investigation into Epstein could reach to the UK, Ms Bloom said: "It certainly could and it should."

The Duke had said in a statement that he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required".

A palace spokesperson earlier said Andrew would continue to work with Pitch

His reputation earlier suffered another blow when two more organisations severed ties with him and a sponsor of his flagship business mentoring programme said his plans to continue leading it were "not tenable".

One of his more prominent organisations, the Outward Bound Trust, issued a statement thanking him for his support over many years but saying it had accepted his resignation as patron.

It said: "The board of The Outward Bound Trust has today accepted the resignation as Patron of HRH The Duke of York following his announcement yesterday that he will be withdrawing from public duties for the foreseeable future."

Andrew had become the Chair of the Board of Trustees in 1999 and in March succeeded the Duke of Edinburgh in becoming its patron.

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In the aftermath of the Queen's second son announcing he would step down from public duties for the "foreseeable future", Huddersfield University confirmed the duke would be relinquishing his role as its chancellor.

In a statement the university said: "Due to the circumstances and in discussion with the University, he has decided to step down immediately to allow the University to appoint a successor."