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Calls to cut Prince Andrew’s title to Duke of York

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It has been demanded that the Duke of York lose the title that links him to the city of Yorkshire with a “unique connection to the crown and the monarch”.

A senior member of York City Council has launched a campaign to have Andrew stripped of his title of Duke of York after the Queen stripped him of his honorary military posts and he gave up using the HRH style following legal developments in the United States .

Darryl Smalley, Executive Member of the City Council for Culture, Leisure and Communities for the Liberal Democrats, 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.

“No one is above the law and all allegations should rightly be fully investigated, especially after the disturbing recent court cases.

“We stand with all the victims whose harrowing stories have shocked us all over the past few months.

“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.”

Rachael Maskell, Labor MP for York Central, agreed, tweeting: “It is untenable that the Duke of York should hold on to his title one day longer; this association with York must end.

“There is a very serious allegation against this privileged and entitled man.

“I work with agencies to combat sexual violence and misogyny. #NotinYorksName”

Andrew was created Duke of York on the day of his marriage to Sarah, Duchess of York, 23 July 1986.

The Queen marked the royal wedding by giving her second son the duchy – the highest rank in British nobility – and he also became Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

The monarch traditionally confers a new title on members of the royal family when they marry, with Prince William becoming the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry the title Duke of Sussex.

Former holders of the title Duke of York include Andrew’s grandfather, King George VI, and his great-grandfather, King George V.

Andrew’s duchy is not inherited by his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice when he dies, but reverts to the sovereign.

The title was created in the 14th century and became the property of the Crown in the following century when it was inherited by a future monarch.

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