The Queen giveth and the Queen taketh away.
The second son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, 61, has been forced to relinquish his military titles and Royal charities, following a Federal Judge’s decision in New York to allow a sexual abuse case against him to move forward.
Prince Andrew's roles have been returned to the Queen with immediate effect, and will be redistributed to other members of the Royal Family, a Royal Source said. He will stop using the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity, they added.
Buckingham Palace issued a brief, but stinging statement on Thursday (13th January 2022) — a day after the Judge’s decision — saying, “With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Prince Andrew has been accused by Virginia Giuffre of raping her when she was a teenager at age seventeen (17) — a charge he denies — during a period in which he was friendly with the late financier and convicted sexual predator, Jeffrey Epstein.
Prior to Thursday, Prince Andrew had already been largely banished from public life due to the raging scandal.
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[Source: The New York Times]
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