Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Andrew has renounced his military titles and patronage, returning them to Queen Elizabeth ahead of his upcoming trial over his relationship with the disgraced late US financier Jeffrey Epstein.
A press release from the Palace on Friday morning read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliation and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will perform no public duties and is a private citizen.” As is defending this case.”
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.
Campaign group Republic said Thursday that more than 150 veterans signed an open letter calling on Queen Elizabeth to strip her son Prince Andrew of his military title.
A day after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against her when she was a teenager, the anti-monarchy group issued letters from veterans that she was still Honorary Military Officer. roles.
Her letter to the 95-year-old monarch called on her to take immediate action because Andrew, Duke of York, was “uncooperative and less than truthful” about her relationship with Epstein, and brought the armed services she represented into disrepute. In .
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“We are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the Armed Forces and continues to hold military titles, positions and ranks, including that of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy,” the letter said.
“We are therefore asking that you take immediate steps to strip Prince Andrew of all his military ranks and titles and, if necessary, be dishonorably discharged.”
In a ruling made public Wednesday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Giuffre, 38, could pursue claims that Andrew beat her and intentionally caused her emotional distress while Epstein was trafficking her.
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The Queen’s second son, the 61-year-old prince, has denied Giuffre’s allegations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of Epstein’s former aide Ghislaine Maxwell, and Epstein’s two He was abused on properties.
The judge’s decision means Andrew could be forced to provide evidence in a trial that could begin between September and December 2022 if a settlement is not reached.
His legal team said on Thursday that they would not comment on the development.
The prince was forced to step down from public duties in 2019 due to his ties to Epstein and in the wake of a disastrous BBC TV interview that he hoped would clear his name, but instead caused ridicule and further questions made.
“Despite the outcome of Virginia Giuffre’s civil case against Prince Andrew, his position in the UK Armed Forces is now untenable,” the veterans’ letter said.
Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday it would not comment on the ongoing legal case.
, With files from Global News ‘Michelle Butterfield’