Prince Andrew has left his role as patron of English National Ballet with immediate effect, the company has confirmed.
The ballet company said it had accepted the immediate resignation of the Duke of York as its royal patron, a position he has held since 2001.
Earlier this week the duke announced he would be not be undertaking public duties “for the foreseeable future”, following a widely criticised television interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
A statement from ENB said: “Following HRH the Duke of York’s announcement that he is stepping back from public duties, we have accepted HRH’s resignation as patron of English National Ballet with immediate effect. HRH the Duke of York has been patron of English National Ballet since 2001 and we would like to thank him for the all the support he has given us for the last 18 years.”
London dance organisation the Place has also confirmed that Prince Andrew will no longer act as its royal patron.
ENB and the Place are latest in a series of companies to sever ties with the duke, who served as patron to around 200 organisations.
In the arts world, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has already announced that it has parted ways with Prince Andrew, who had been its patron for 15 years.