Queen Elizabeth II has taken the decision to strip Prince Andrew of all his military titles and also of his functions in the patronages linked to the monarch.
This drastic decision was made just after a New York judge confirmed that the Duke of York will have to sit in the dock or reach an economic agreement with Virginia Giuffre, who accuses him of sexual abuse when she was a minor.
Buckingham Palace has published a statement on Instagram where you can read:
“With the Approval and Agreement of the Queen, the military affiliations and royal patronages of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to assume any public function and will defend himself in this case as a private citizen.”
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Prince Andrew will retain his movable title for the time being, but in no case can he be treated as a “royal highness”.
The Queen had removed Andrew from public duties in 2019. Since then, the duke has remained in the background. However, he retained his honorary titles of membership in eight British regiments, including that of the Grenadier Guard.
It should be noted that, 152 veterans of high rank, have written an open letter to the queen to demand that her son be stripped of his titles, to preserve the good name of the different bodies.
Prince Andrew must now submit to U.S. courts for allegedly sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre on three occasions when she was 17. Epstein (dead) and Ghislaine Maxwell (sentenced to life in prison) would have organized the three meetings in London, New York and a private island that the financier.