The British royal family’s latest major scandal continues to generate breaking news, after Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles and royal patronage, which have been returned to the Queen, Buckingham Palace announced.
This means that the also known as Duke of York will no longer use the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity,” as also happened at the time with his nephew, Prince Harry, when he and his wife, Meghan, retired from royal duties and moved to the United States in 2020.
The decision made by Buckingham Palace comes as a result of a federal judge in New York on Wednesday admitting a civil sex abuse case against Queen Elizabeth II’s second son to move forward.
Virginia Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of raping her when she was 17, a time when he was friends with the late financier and convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, although the Duke of York has denied the charges.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace said in a statement.
“All of the Duke’s roles have been handed back to the Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family. For clarity, they will not return to The Duke of York,” a royal source told CNN.