The Queen drops her son: Because of the current allegations of abuse, Prince Andrew must now give up all military titles and patronage.
The British Queen Elizabeth II has withdrawn all military ranks and royal patronage from her son Prince Andrew, who has been sued for abuse allegations in the USA. Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday in a message on Twitter.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York returns his military affiliations and royal patronage to the Queen,” the tweet read. “The Duke of York will continue to do no public duties and will defend himself in the process as a civilian.”
Prince Andrew has been fighting a trial on allegations of sexual abuse for months. The son of Queen Elizabeth II suffered a first defeat on Wednesday. Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Andrew is open to trial in a US court. That was decided by a New York judge.
Giuffre alleges that entrepreneur Jeffrey Eppstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused her. In addition, they would have forced the then 17-year-old to have sex with the Duke of York.