Prince Andrew renounces all military titles and patrons
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, relinquishes all military titles and patrons following a qualifying abuse trial. The queen agreed, according to an official statement.
KQueen Elizabeth II has revoked all military honorary degrees and royal patronage of her son Prince Andrew on suspicion of abuse in the United States. Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that the move was made “with the approval and consent” of the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to take no public obligations and will defend himself in the case as a private citizen. According to media reports, he will no longer hold the title of Royal Highness in public.
Prior to that, more than 150 Navy and Army veterans had written to the Queen asking her to revoke all of Andrew’s ranks and titles.
They were “upset and angry” that Andrew discredited the services with which he is associated, he said in the letter published by the Republic group.
An American complainant accuses Andrew of repeatedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17. The son of Queen Elizabeth II was allegedly introduced to her by financier Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell, according to an August civil action that Virginia Giuffre filed against the prince in the United States. The accused denied the allegations.
The Queen heads the British armed forces and awards honorary military titles. Patrons refer to charities, as well as military and civic groups supported by royalty.
The Queen’s second eldest son resigned from public engagements in 2019 after a BBC interview about his friendship with Epstein. The prince’s statements in the interview had sparked widespread misunderstanding and harsh criticism. The 61-year-old man had retained his honorary title to the end, including that of Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy.
A U.S. district judge admitted the lawsuit against Andrew on Wednesday. Andrew’s attorneys had argued that the lawsuit was inadmissible due to an agreement Giuffre reached with attorneys for U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2009, a decade before his suicide in Manhattan.
Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote that there was substantial evidence in the $ 500,000 settlement that Epstein and Giuffre, with the terms used in the agreement, did not clearly intend someone like the prince benefits from it. He noted that Prince Andrew was not a party to the contract. At the same time, he said the agreement was very vague. With this ruling, he was not judging the veracity of the allegations, the judge said.