Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Britain’s Prince Andrew loses military title, patronage

The move came after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil suit against him that had accused him of sexual assault.

Buckingham Palace has said that Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, who is facing a US civil case for sexual assault, has given up his honorary military and charitable roles.

“With the approval and agreement of the Queen, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen,” it said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Duke of York will not perform any public duty and is defending the matter as a private citizen.”

The move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil suit against him who accused him of sexual assault.

A royal source said Andrew would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity and that his other roles would be distributed among other members of the royal family. They will not return to Prince Andrew.

Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the 1982 Falklands War, has been accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre at the age of 17.

Giuffre has alleged that the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein lent her to sex with his wealthy and powerful associates.

The announcement came after more than 150 Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army veterans wrote to the Queen, in which they called for Andrew to be stripped of his rank and title in the armed forces.

The 95-year-old head of state is the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

“Whether it were another senior military officer, it is inconceivable that he would still be in office,” the veterans wrote in a joint letter made public by the anti-monarchical pressure group Republic.

“Officers of the British Armed Forces must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and respectful conduct.

“These are standards by which Prince Andrew has fallen far short,” she wrote, adding that he had “brought the services to which he is associated”.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from London, said Andrew had become toxic to the monarchy.

“He Potentially Has” [also] To become toxic to the queen. He is her favorite son, her second son.

“It’s a very important year for him [as it marks her platinum jubilee celebration, 70 years on the throne]“And clearly, he is now more embroiled in sexual assault allegations than ever before, which he would have expected until recently could potentially be put aside,” Hull said.

Senior members of the British royal family are usually appointed as honorary heads of military units with the approval of the Queen.

Andrew was an honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose soldiers guard Buckingham Palace in their distinctive bear cap and red tunic.

There are associations with royal patronage charities and other organizations.


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