Prince Andrew loses rank after abuse allegations

Status: 01/13/2022 6:48 p.m.

Prince Andrew faces civil lawsuits in the United States for sexual abuse. Now the second eldest son of British Queen Elizabeth has lost all military ranks and royal patronage.

British Prince Andrew has lost all military ranks and royal patronage. Buckingham Palace announced. Queen Elizabeth II’s second eldest son is accused of sexual abuse in the case of US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“With the consent and agreement of the Queen, the military ranks and royal patronage of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen,” the statement said. Andrew will continue to “hold no public office”, and if charges are brought against him he “will defend himself as a private citizen”.

Andrew did not file a motion yesterday to dismiss the abuse lawsuit against him in the United States. A civil case against him in the USA is drawing near.

Complainant Virginia Giuffre accuses Andrew of repeatedly assaulting her when she was 17, including at Epstein’s New York home. She claims to have already been the victim of an abuse network set up by Epstein and his ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein then “loaned” them to the Royal. Giuffre is now seeking compensation in an undisclosed amount.

Maxwell was recently convicted of multiple counts in a US criminal case and faces a lengthy prison sentence. Epstein committed suicide on remand in 2019.

Prince Andrew denies the allegations

Prince Andrew has repeatedly and firmly denied Giuffre’s claims. Due to his previous contact with Epstein, however, he stepped down from royal duties in 2019 and largely retired from the public.

Until recently, lawyers for the 61-year-old prince had hoped to avoid trial. But the New York court judge dismissed their objections on Wednesday. If there is no settlement out of court, Andrew faces trial.

More than 150 British military veterans had just called on the Queen in an open letter today to release Prince Andrew from his roles in the military for failing to uphold the high standards of honorable behavior associated with the ranks. “If it was another senior army officer, it would be out of the question that he was still on duty,” the letter said.

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