Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Prince Andrew loses patronage of NI golf clubs

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The Queen’s move to strip Prince Andrew of his royal patronage has resulted in him losing his honorary degrees at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down golf clubs in Northern Ireland.

The Queen’s decision is part of the fallout from the Duke’s civil case over sexual assault.

The Duke faces a court showdown after a judge ruled Wednesday that Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him could continue.

Honorary posts he has held in Northern Ireland have included patronage of the two prestigious golf clubs.

A source close to both clubs said: “Members will be immensely relieved to have this decision taken out of their hands.”

A Royal Portrush spokesman said he had no comment to make on the matter.

Andrew attended Royal Portrush when it hosted The Open in 2019 for the first time in almost 70 years.

He returned to links court later that same year when he spent an afternoon playing a round.

He was a longtime patron of the club and opened its new clubhouse in 1999.

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

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

The Duke has vehemently denied the allegations.

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