Prince Andrew plaque believed to have been removed from Highland Hospice in Inverness
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In the wake of controversy following Prince Andrew's "car crash" TV interview it is understood Highland Hospice has now removed a commemorative plaque unveiled when he officially opened a new unit at its facility in Inverness.
His visit to the city occurred in December 2016 where, as well as visiting the hospice's new inpatient unit, he was also given a tour of flood defences along the River Ness and told of plans for the future of redevelopment of Inverness Castle.
The prince has been mired in controversy ever since the BBC Newsnight interview where he spoke about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
He has since stepped back from public duties with a number of organisations severing ties with him.
One Inverness resident, who did not want to be identified, said: "The Highland Hospice has – quite rightly – chosen to disassociate itself from Prince Andrew and have removed the plaque commemorating the opening which he attended. I'm very impressed they've taken a stance."
When the Courier contacted the hospice for comment a spokesman did not deny the removal of the plaque but said they would not be commenting on the matter.
Prince Andrew also holds the title the Earl of Inverness.
An online petition launched by a city resident urging the Queen to strip him of the title currently has attracted more than 1300 signatures so far.
It states: “Given the recent conduct of Prince Andrew in regards to his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, we the residents of Inverness feel that it is inappropriate that Prince Andrew is associated with our beautiful city.”
It can be found at: http://chng.it/GJRJPYyN
Prince Andrew is also honorary president of Inverness Golf Club and a life member of the Inverness branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.