Prince Andrew: Golf course named after Duke won’t change despite sex scandal
A top golf course in Scotland refuses to change its name despite the sex scandal that has engulfed Prince Andrew.
The Duke’s Course at St Andrews retains its name, despite pressure from politicians and the public to cut ties with the royal.
Prince Andrew hit the first tee shot when he opened the course in 1995 alongside the British Lions rugby team, the Daily Record reported.
Andrew, 61, denies having Virginia Guiffre when he was 17. The most recent twist to this story came after his lawyers requested the original photo copy of the two, which was pasted on news websites around the world.
Giuffre filed a civil suit against the Duke, accusing him of sexually assaulting her three times at the home of convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001 and later at the properties of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in Manhattan and Little St James in the Virgin Islands.
Andrew has recently been pressured to give up his life membership in the R&A. His sponsorships at other golf clubs were also cancelled.
Old Course chief executive Phyllis Wilkie told The Record: “We always take the views of our members very seriously, but to date we have not received any approach on this matter. We do not We currently have no plans to change the widely recognized name of our course.”
Scottish Labor MP Claire Baker added: “In light of the very serious charges against Prince Andrew, it is right that the Duke’s course be renamed.
“It is a major tourist attraction which supports the local economy of St Andrews and Fife in general. This is why it is paramount that the reputation of the Royal and Ancient Golf Course is protected.”
Andrew denies the allegations and has asked for the case to be heard by a jury.
Such has been the fury of his legal troubles, all of his military affiliations and royal patronages have been terminated by the Queen.
Andrew had been a member of the R&A since 1992.
Over the years, he was constantly photographed playing golf.
It has been alleged that he ordered royal cops to retrieve lost golf balls while he was training in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Maxwell is due to be sentenced in June.