Queen Elizabeth II’s second son Prince Andrew, who’s dealing with a US civil case for sexual assault, has given up his honorary army and charitable roles, Buckingham Palace stated on Thursday.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” an announcement stated.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The announcement got here after a decide in New York on Wednesday dominated in opposition to the 61-year-old prince, who had tried to have the case in opposition to him thrown out.
Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew within the 1982 Falklands Warfare, is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre when she was 17.
Giuffre alleges the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein lent her out for intercourse along with his rich and highly effective associates.
Andrew, who’s ninth in line to the throne, was pressured to step again from royal duties in late 2019, after a disastrous tv interview by which he tried to defend his hyperlinks to Epstein.
Public outrage on the time noticed a number of charities and associations distance themselves from him, and he has since repeatedly denied Giuffre’s allegations.
He has not often been seen in public for the reason that tv interview.
On Thursday, he was seen being pushed from his home close to Windsor Fortress, west of London, an AFP photographer stated.
The announcement got here after greater than 150 Royal Navy, Royal Air Drive and British Military veterans wrote to the Queen, calling on her to strip Andrew of his ranks and titles within the armed forces.
The 95-year-old head of state is commander-in-chief of the military, navy and air power.
“Were this any other senior military officer it is inconceivable that he would still be in post,” the veterans wrote in a joint letter made public by the anti-monarchy strain group Republic.
“Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honourable conduct.
“These are requirements which Prince Andrew has fallen nicely wanting,” they wrote, adding that he had “introduced the companies he’s related to into disrepute”.
Senior members of the British royal household have sometimes been appointed as honorary heads of army models, with the Queen’s approval.
Andrew was honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose troopers guard Buckingham Palace of their distinctive bearskin hats and crimson tunics.
Royal patronages are associations with charities and different organisations.
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