Prince Andrew was stripped Thursday of his military titles and association sponsorships, the day after the American justice refused to file the civil complaint which accuses the son of Queen Elizabeth of sexual assault on a minor.
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“With the Queen’s consent and approval, the military affiliations and royal sponsorships of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to hold public office and is defending himself in this case as a private citizen, ”Buckingham Palace said in a statement, suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II will not finance his legal fees .
A call from the veterans
Earlier today, more than 150 British Army veterans asked the Queen to strip the former helicopter pilot, who had distinguished himself during the Falklands War, of his titles. In this letter published by the group opposed to the Republic monarchy, the signatories accused the prince of having failed in the obligations of “probity, honesty and honorable behavior” which the British military have.
Prince Andrew, 61, is being sued in New York by American Virginia Giuffre, 38, who accuses him of having had sex with her when she was 17. It would have been delivered to the prince by Jeffrey Epstein, friend of the Duke of York. The prince vigorously denied the charges. But after a disastrous interview in 2019, he retired from public life.
The New York decision came after the queen announced the program of festivities that will mark her 70th year of reign this year, with parades, concerts and pudding contests.