He must surrender his military titles and patronage
It is getting more and more serious for Prince Andrew: Due to his involvement in the Epstein scandal and the civil lawsuit over allegations of abuse, Queen Elizabeth must now pull the rip cord – and deprive her son of all military titles and patronage.
“With the consent of the Queen, the military affiliations and royal patronage of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to carry out no public duties and is defending this case as a private person,” said Buckingham Palace in an official statement .
This also means that Prince Andrew, 61, will no longer use his salutation “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity, insiders report. The 61-year-old resigned from his public duties as a member of the Royal Family after the allegations became known.
Queen Elizabeth under pressure to act
Prior to this, over 150 British veterans issued an open letter asking Queen Elizabeth, 95, to revoke their son’s titles with immediate effect. Through Prince Andrew’s connection to the late US millionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, † 66, he brings the military into disrepute, according to “The Sun” in the letter. Former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army are said to be “dismayed and upset” by what is happening and consider Andrew to be “untenable” for the military regardless of the outcome of an impending trial. They further emphasized: “If this were any other high-ranking military officer, it would be out of the question that he would still be in office.”
The monarch’s decision means that Prince Andrew will have to give up his posts not only in the UK, but also in Canada and New Zealand. This includes his position as Colonel in the Grenadier Guards, one of the oldest and most emblematic regiments of the British Army. According to palace insiders, these offices are now to be distributed to other members of the royal family.
Prince Harry, 37, also had to give up his military ranks after retiring as Senior Royal and moving to the United States.
Prince Andrew: Civil Trial in the United States
Prince Andrew faces civil lawsuit in the United States. A New York judge recently ruled that a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, 38, against the Royal should not be dismissed. As reported by the British media, the trial in New York will take place in September. His office responded to the decision with the following words: “Given the forcefulness with which Judge Kaplan responded to our arguments, we are not surprised by the verdict. However, it was not a verdict on the merits of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations.”[display-posts orderby="rand"]
Virginia Giuffre accuses Andrew of sexually abusing her as a minor. She is demanding compensation in the amount not previously stated. Prince Andrew vehemently denies the allegations to this day. A source close to the prince also believes, “This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”
Source used: instagram.com, The Sun, twitter.com, dailymail.co.uk