Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronage returned to the Queen

Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his military titles and royal patronage – and will no longer make himself “His Royal Highness”.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.

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Sky’s royal commentator Alistair Bruce has told Sky News

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

A royal source said “His Royal Highness” has been removed and all roles of the Duke of York will be redistributed to other members of the Royal Family and will not be returned.

The source added that Prince Andrew’s situation has been widely discussed among the royal family.

is the duke of york A civil sex case trial is facing the US over allegations of sexual assault, She is being prosecuted by Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, who claimed that he “sexually assaulted and battery” her when she was a teenager.

Ms Giuffre alleged that she was trafficked by the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew at the age of 17.

The Duke of York has denied Claims.

A source close to the Duke said: “Given the strength with which Judge Kaplan welcomed our arguments, we are surprised by this decision.

Prince Andrew, pictured in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in 2019
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Prince Andrew, pictured in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in 2019

“However, this was not a judgment on the merits of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations. This is a marathon not a sprint and Duke will continue to defend itself against these claims.”

It is not known whether the title of Duke of York is included in the declaration of the palace, but it is unlikely.

Royal commentator and biographer Christopher Warwick has previously told Sky News that the Queen may appoint a Duke, but it takes an Act of Parliament to remove his title “which would not cover Andrew or the Monarchy in glory”.

Sky News royal commentator Alistair Bruce said today’s announcement is “a clear statement from the Queen that the Duke of York will not be attending any royal ceremonies at the moment”, especially as his birth anniversary draws near.

He added: “This concludes the larger question about what role he might play in the family and he is now holding back completely as the Queen is taking over his appointments.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in a photo believed to have been taken in 2001.  Photo: Rex/Shutterstock
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Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in a photo believed to have been taken in 2001. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

“It must have been a very difficult affair for the Queen because she is not only a monarch but a mother.”

Although many charities abandoned their ties with him after 2019, Andrew was still listed on the Royal Family’s website as a patron or member of nearly 100 charities and organizations, including hospital trusts, cricket clubs and schools.

These included the Army Officers Golfing Society, Berkshire County Cricket Club, Killeleg Yacht Club, Horris Hill School in Hampshire and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Who was Prince Andrew? military roles?

After a 22-year career in the Royal Navy, Andrew held several honorary military titles. They included:

• Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

• Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers

• Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment

• Colonel-in-Chief of the Yorkshire Regiment

• Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps

• Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

• Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth

• Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm

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