Queen Elizabeth II’s second son Prince Andrew, who’s dealing with a US civil case for sexual assault, has given up his honorary navy and charitable roles, Buckingham Palace mentioned on Thursday.
“With The Queen’s approval and settlement, The Duke of York’s navy affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” an announcement mentioned.
“The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a non-public citizen.”
The announcement got here after a decide in New York on Wednesday dominated towards the 61-year-old prince, who had tried to have the case towards him thrown out.
Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew within the 1982 Falklands Battle, is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre when she was 17.
Giuffre alleges the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein lent her out for intercourse along with his rich and highly effective associates.
Andrew, who’s ninth in line to the throne, was compelled to step again from royal duties in late 2019, after a disastrous tv interview during which he tried to defend his hyperlinks to Epstein.
Public outrage on the time noticed a number of charities and associations distance themselves from him, and he has since repeatedly denied Giuffre’s allegations.
He has not often been seen in public for the reason that tv interview.
On Thursday, he was seen being pushed from his home close to Windsor Fort, west of London, an AFP photographer mentioned.
The announcement got here after greater than 150 Royal Navy, Royal Air Power and British Military veterans wrote to the Queen, calling on her to strip Andrew of his ranks and titles within the armed forces.
The 95-year-old head of state is commander-in-chief of the military, navy and air power.
“Had been this some other senior navy officer it’s inconceivable that he would nonetheless be in submit,” the veterans wrote in a joint letter made public by the anti-monarchy stress group Republic.
“Officers of the British armed forces should adhere to the very highest requirements of probity, honesty and honourable conduct.
“These are requirements which Prince Andrew has fallen effectively wanting,” they wrote, including that he had “introduced the companies he’s related to into disrepute”.
Senior members of the British royal household have usually been appointed as honorary heads of navy items, with the Queen’s approval.
Andrew was honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose troopers guard Buckingham Palace of their distinctive bearskin hats and pink tunics.
Royal patronages are associations with charities and different organisations.
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