(LONDON) – Queen Elizabeth II has stripped Prince Andrew of all honorary titles and royal roles in charities and other civic groups, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, in amid growing outrage over allegations he sexually abused a teenage girl provided to him by financier Jeffrey. Epstein.
More than 150 British navy and military veterans have written to the Queen asking her to strip her second son of all titles and titles after a US judge said on Wednesday a lawsuit against sex against the prince can be conducted.
In a joint letter released by the Republic team, they said they were “deeply saddened and angry” that Andrew “has turned the services he was involved in to evil.”
The palace said in a brief statement that “with the approval and consent of the Queen, the military branches of the Duke of York and royal patronage rights have been returned to the Queen.”
Patrons refer to roles in charities, the military, and civic groups that the royal family supports.
“The Duke of York will continue to not perform any public duties and will defend this case as a private citizen,” the statement added.
The Queen is head of the armed forces and honorary military appointments are made by her.
Andrew stepped down from public service in 2019, after a BBC interview about his friendship with Epstein drew widespread criticism. But he still retains his honorary titles, including Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy, to this day.
A US district judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a civil case against Andrew of an American woman, Virginia Giuffre.
Giuffre sued 61-year-old Andrew in August, saying she was forced to have sex with him in 2001, when she was 17, by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre said she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, at Epstein’s New York mansion and his estate in the US Virgin Islands.
District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed Andrew’s attorneys’ argument that Giuffre’s case should have been dropped in the first place because of an old legal agreement she had with Epstein, whom she claims to have made established sexual relations 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.”
https://time.com/6139157/queen-removes-prince-andrew-military-roles/ Queen Elizabeth II stripped Prince Andrew of his military roles, patroness