Buckingham Palace said on Thursday that Prince Andrew’s honorary rank and royal patronage had been returned to Queen Elizabeth II with “her consent and consent”.
More than 150 Navy and Army veterans have written to the queen asking her to strip Andrew of all military ranks and titles after a US judge said on Wednesday a lawsuit against him. sexual assault against Andrew may be conducted.
In a joint letter released by the Republic group, they said Andrew had “brought the services he was involved in to blame.”
The palace said in a brief statement that “with the queen’s approval and consent, the military branches of the Duke of York and royal patronage rights have been returned to the queen.”
“The Duke of York will continue to not perform any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the statement added.
A US district judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a civil case brought against Andrew by an American woman, Virginia Giuffre, who accused the royal family of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected Andrew’s attorneys’ argument that Giuffre’s lawsuit should be removed at an early stage because the old legal agreement you had with Jeffrey Epstein, financier she claims to have arranged sexual encounters with the prince.
He stressed that he did not rule on the truth of the allegations.
Andrew’s lawyers have said the royal never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre and that he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him.”
Palace officials declined to comment on the “ongoing legal matter.”
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