Monday, January 17, 2022

Prince Andrew stripped of his military titles

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Prince Andrew is to be stripped of his military titles, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The decision follows a US judge’s decision to bring a civil sex abuse case against the Duke of York to court. Andrew denies all allegations.

In a statement, the Palace said: “With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.

“The Duke of York will continue to refrain from public duties and is defending this case as a private individual.”

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Andrew will also stop using the title “His Royal Highness” or “HRH” in any official capacity, it is said.

The Duke’s current roles will be handed over to other members of the royal family. Details on this have yet to be announced.

Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit on sexual assault charges in the United States after a judge ruled on Wednesday the case could go ahead.

Virginia Giuffre is suing the Duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager.

She claims she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

Andrew denies the allegations.

Earlier Thursday, more than 150 Royal Navy, RAF and Army veterans signed an open letter calling on the Queen to strip Andrew of his honorary military posts.

The group of former servicemen and women said they were “upset and angry” that he remained a member of the armed forces and continued to hold military titles, positions and ranks, including that of Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy.

“If this were another senior military officer, it would be inconceivable that he would still be in office,” they said.

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