The Duke of York faces demands to pay for his own safety and lose his duchy as the fallout from his civil sex case continues.
Criticism of Andrew mounts after the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronage and honorary military roles as the monarchy distanced itself from potentially damaging developments in his lawsuit from the Duke.
Organization Republic Chief Executive Officer Graham Smith has urged the Queen’s second son to foot the bill for his police protection as there is no prospect of a return to royal duties.
During a radio interview, Security Secretary Damian Hinds refused to confirm whether the Duke will receive another taxpayer-funded security.
Rachael Maskell, Labor MP for York Central, tweeted that it was “unsustainable” for Andrew to hold on to his title “one more day” and Darryl Smalley, a senior member of the City of York Council, launched a campaign to get Andrew deprive of his duchy.
Mr Smith, whose organization campaigns for an elected head of state, said of the royal family: “Why should we pay for their security? The job of the monarchy is to give us one head of state – we don’t have to give security to everyone. Many celebrities and other high profile individuals pay for their own safety.
“Given that he’s no longer a member of the royal household in any way, it makes sense that he’s paying for his own safety.”
He said of the Queen’s decision to strip the Duke of his military affiliations: “This is all about protecting the monarchy, it’s not about a mother doing the right thing by her son and it’s not about protecting herself to bring justice to the women abused by Epstein and his friends to protect the royals for generations to come.”
Andrew’s dramatic decline in the royal family’s standing came after Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him took a big step forward on Wednesday, when a judge denied a motion by the duke’s lawyers to dismiss the sexual assault case and ruled that he should go on trial can be.
Ms Virginia, publicly responding to the decision, tweeted that she had an opportunity to “uncover the truth,” adding, “My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and held accountable.” Need to become.”
She is suing the Duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager and alleges she was trafficked by Andrew’s boyfriend, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 and a minor under US law .
The Duke has vehemently denied the allegations.
Andrew and his immediate family have close ties to the City of York through his title Duke of York, but some of their politicians want to sever those ties.
Mr Smalley, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities on York City Council, said: “York’s unique connection to the crown and monarch is an important part of our city’s heritage, history and a great source of pride.”
He continued: “While Prince Andrew remains innocent until proven guilty, Buckingham Palace and the Government must consider the implications of these disturbing allegations.
“Having been stripped of his military roles and royal patronage by the Queen, he should now also relinquish his title of Duke of York.”
Ms Maskell tweeted: ‘It is untenable that the Duke of York should hold on to his title one day longer; this connection with York must end.”