The sexual abuse lawsuit brought against Britain’s Prince Andrew has no doubt proven to be a royal pain for Buckingham Palace
Just a day after losing a bid to have a civil case against him thrown out, Britain’s Prince Andrew has now lost his military affiliations and royal patronages.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday evening, 13 January 2022.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
On Wednesday, a district judge in New York ruled against Prince Andrew and found that the civil case being brought against him by Virginia Giuffre should in fact go ahead. Giuffre alleges that the Duke of York sexually abused her when she was just 17.
The prince’s lawyers had argued that the suit should be thrown out because of a 2009 deal that Giuffre signed with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who at some point was the royal’s friend.
Prince Andrew can no longer be referred to as “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity. In addition, Queen Elizabeth will distribute his duties to members of the family.
According to the Daily Mail, it was Prince Charles and Prince William who demanded that Prince Andrew be isolated, for the sake of the royal family, as it has already had its fair share of negative press over the past two years.
“The removal of titles and patronages means the institution can now legitimately say it is not involved. It was a ruthless and swift decision which will have been recommended by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge and sanctioned by the Queen,” a source is quoted as having told the publication.
Giuffre alleges that the prince sexually abused her on numerous occasions. He has denied the allegations and maintains he doesn’t remember Giuffre, despite the fact that they have been photographed together with Epstein.
This comes a month after Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, was convicted for conspiring to recruit and groom teenage girls to be abused by him