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Prince Andrew back in the saddle a day after it emerged nearly 50 charities dropped him as patron

Prince Andrew was pictured out horse riding today amid reports more than 50 organisations and charities have dropped him over his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

It emerged over the weekend groups including the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Berkshire County Cricket Club, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and the Children’s Foundation have removed the 61-year-old as patron, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

It comes as questions continue to rage over his relationship to American financier Epstein, who was convicted of sex offences against children before his death in 2019.

Prince Andrew, who it is alleged had sex with then 17-year-old Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre, denies any wrongdoing.

The Duke of York cut a relaxed figure as he rode around the grounds of Windsor Castle earlier today

But today the Duke of York looked relaxed as he rode a horse early this morning in a dark blue jacket and riding hat on the grounds of Windsor Castle with two grooms.

He was earlier pictured driving on to the grounds in Berkshire.

According to the Telegraph, 47 charities have since decided to pull back from their association with the Duke - who it is believed still hopes to one day return to public royal duties.

Some of the charities and organisations publicly announced their decision, while others are said to have 'quietly' removed Prince Andrew from their list of patrons.

Others include the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and the Society for Nautical Research.

He was pictured arriving at Windsor Castle ahead of his early morning ride around the grounds

Three, the British Science Association, the Council of British International Schools and the Tall Ships Youth Trust, told the Telegraph they had contacted Buckingham Palace hoping to find a new royal patron.

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 following a disastrous interview with Newsnight and scrutiny over his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Last month, the Duke of York sat next to the Queen at his father's funeral before leaving in his new £220,000 Bentley.

It comes as questions continue to rage over his relationship to American financier Epstein, who was convicted of sex offences against children before his death in 2019. Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, aged 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Ghislaine Maxwell's townhouse in London in 2001

The charities which have dropped or kept on Prince Andrew as a patron 

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the charities which have dropped or kept on Prince Andrew as a patron are:

Royal National Institute for the Deaf – DROPPED

The Golf Foundation – DROPPED

The Children’s Foundation – DROPPED

The Outward Bound Trust – DROPPED

The British Science Association – DROPPED

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund – DROPPED

Berkshire County Cricket Club – DROPPED

The Society for Nautical Research – DROPPED

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – DROPPED

Whitgift School in Croydon – DROPPED

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – DROPPED

The York Minster Fund – DROPPED

Royal Liverpool Golf Club – STAYS ON

The Friends of the Staffordshire Regiment – STAYS ON

Morayvia Aerospace Centre – STAYS ON

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust – STAYS ON

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