Prince Andrew BACKLASH: Labour students demand royal resigns over ‘insensitive’ comments
Students from a Labour group at Huddersfield University have demanded that Prince Andrew resigns from his position as Chancellor over his “blasé attitude” to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Huddersfield Labour Students have slammed the Duke of York for his speech at the [email protected] event in Abu Dhabi last month, when the Prince called for further links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.
The left-wing students branded Andrew’s comments “incredibly insensitive and inflammatory”, insisting he must resign from the position which he has held since 2015.
And the students accused the Prince of having a “lack of concern for acts of injustice”.
In a statement, the group said: “Huddersfield Labour Students condemns the comments made by the University of Huddersfield Chancellor Prince Andrew, the Duke of York at the recent [email protected] event in Abu Dhabi in regards to seeking closer relations through investments with the facist Saudi Arabian regime.
“In the brutal extrajudicial murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian government have shown their contempt for the values on which we, both as a modern university and as a developed nation, should be seeking to promote around the world.”
Huddersfield Labour Students added: “The Duke’s blasé attitude… is, in the opinion of Huddersfield Labour Students, simply and plainly intolerable.”
The statement comes after Prince Andrew’s speech at the event for entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi.
The Duke said: “It’s hugely important for us to have partners in the region.
“We look forward to working in Bahrain with our partners there and, as time goes by, we hope to expand also into Saudi and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”
But Andrew did not mention the brutal murder of journalist Mr Khashoggi, who was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
The journalist was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month, prompting international outrage.
Saudi Arabia denied all knowledge of the deeply shocking incident, before later admitting it was a premeditated murder.
A Huddersfield University spokesperson said to the BBC: “The Duke’s speech is in the public domain on the Duke of York’s Facebook page and having carefully reviewed it we are surprised at the reaction of the Huddersfield Labour Student Society and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with them.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Prince Andrew’s team for comment.