Thursday, January 20, 2022

Prince Andrew returns military affiliations and royal patronages, will defend court case ‘as private citizen’

Queen Elizabeth II has stripped Prince Andrew of all his honorary military titles and royal roles in charities and other civic groups, Buckingham Palace says, amid a growing furore over allegations he sexually abused a teenage girl supplied to him by financier Jeffrey Epstein.
“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 said in a statement released on Thursday evening (Friday morning AEDT).
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Patronages refer to roles in charities, military and civic groups that the royals support.
The Duke of York has consistently denied the sexual assault allegations.
More than 150 British navy and army veterans had written to the Queen asking her to strip her second son of all his military ranks and titles after a US judge said Wednesday a sex assault lawsuit against the prince could go ahead.
In a joint letter issued by the group Republic, they said they were “upset and angry” that Andrew “brought the services he is associated with into disrepute.”
The Queen is head of the armed forces and honorary military appointments are given by her.
Andrew stepped back from public duties in 2019, after a BBC interview about his friendship with Epstein drew widespread criticism. But he had retained his honorary titles, including Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy, until now.
A US district judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a civil case against Andrew by an American woman, Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre sued the 61-year-old Andrew in August, saying she was coerced into sexual encounters with him in 2001, when she was 17, by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ms Giuffre said she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, at Epstein’s New York mansion and his estate in the US Virgin Islands.

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