Queen Elizabeth strips Prince Andrew of royal and military titles

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Prince Andrew was stripped of his military and royal titles Thursday — a day after a Manhattan decide allowed the sexual-assault lawsuit towards the disgraced royal to maneuver ahead.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace stated of the 61-year-old prince.

A royal supply confirmed that Andrew would now not use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capability and his different roles could be distributed amongst different members of the Royal household.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace stated.

Andrew’s monarch mother had already barred her center son from performing royal duties amid the extreme backlash sparked by his disastrous 2019 BBC interview justifying his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and now-convicted madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

The newest transfer got here after Andrew misplaced his bid to dismiss a lawsuit by intercourse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre — and amid rising requires him to lastly be stripped of the military titles.

This week, greater than 150 veterans signed an open letter calling for the transfer, saying he had introduced the armed companies he represented into disrepute.

“We are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles, positions and ranks, including that of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy,” the letter stated.

“We are therefore asking that you take immediate steps to strip Prince Andrew of all his military ranks and titles and, if necessary, that he be dishonorably discharged.”

Giuffre, now 38, has lengthy claimed that Epstein and Maxwell made her have “disgusting” intercourse with the royal 3 times, beginning in 2001 when she was simply 17.

Andrew’s attorneys insist he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” 

He has by no means been charged criminally, however the lawsuit is ready to go to trial in Manhattan federal courtroom later this 12 months.

With Post wires

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