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Friday, October 07, 2022

Prince Andrew stripped of ‘city independence’ by York Council

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Prince Andrew has lost another formal honor as groups across Britain have severed ties with the royal disgraced by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Council in the northern city of York on Wednesday night voted unanimously to withdraw the prince’s “independence of the city”. Andrew was given the honor in 1987 after Queen Elizabeth II made him Duke of York.

Andrew is the first person to be stripped of the position, a purely ceremonial honor that dates back to medieval times when “freemen” enjoyed special privileges. Those honored include actress Dame Judi Dench and Andrew’s sister Princess Anne.

Andrew was stripped of his honorary military roles amid an uproar over a trial that accused him of having sex with a 17-year-old girl in January and fears the scandal would tarnish the House of Windsor. The Queen also removed her honorary leadership of various charities, known as royal patronage, and has been barred from using the title “Her Royal Highness” in official settings.

Andrew later settled the case, agreeing to pay his accuser an undisclosed amount that British media has suggested may be £12 million ($15 million). He denies the allegations.

York City Councilor Darryl Smalley said the city was following the Queen’s example of removing Andrew’s titles.

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“She saw that it was causing serious reputation damage to those military institutions and charities and therefore took steps to remove her from those positions,” Smalley told ITV News. “We believe very strongly, and many residents agree with us, that we should be removing all links between our city and Prince Andrew.”

Smalley and other local leaders have argued that Andrew should also lose the title of Duke of York.

“York has a wonderful relationship with the monarchy from hundreds of years ago. It is something we cherish,” he said. “Until we have Prince Andrew as our most senior royal, we cannot cherish this. “

A representative for Andrew declined to comment on Thursday.

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