January 26, 2022

Prince Andrew gives up military titles and patronages

Prince Andrew is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Guiffre when she was only 17. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Prince Andrew gives up military titles and patronages

Prince Andrew gives up military titles and patronages photo credit: BBC

Prince Andrew who is facing a US civil case for sexual assault has given up his honourary military titles and charitable roles. Prince Andrew will also stop using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity.

All of Prince Andrew’s roles have been returned to the Queen with immediate effect, and will be redistributed to other members of the Royal Family, a source said.

In a statement on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said:  “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 announcement followed after an American judge ruled against Prince Andrew, who tried to have the sexual assault case against him thrown out.

Prince Andrew is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Guiffre when she was only 17. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said it had no comment about the duke’s military titles being handed back to the Queen, and that it was a matter for the Palace.

On Thursday, a letter – released by anti-monarchy pressure group Republic – was signed by more than 150 Royal Navy, RAF and Army veterans asking the Queen to strip Prince Andrew of his eight British military titles.

Lt Stuart Hunt, who served in The 1st Royal Tank Regiment and signed the letter, welcomed the prince losing his military titles but suggested the matter should have been resolved sooner.

Hunt said in an interview, “It’s an unsavoury business… I’m just glad he’s not associated with the military now. Whether he’s guilty or not, he has brought things into disrepute… He’s not fit to serve in an honorary rank. He has forgone that right by getting into this sort of situation.”

Sources: BBC, MSN

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