Buckingham Palace has introduced that Prince Andrew’s “army affiliations and Royal patronages” have been returned to Queen Elizabeth as he faces a civil lawsuit within the US linked to convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The announcement was made by the palace in a short assertion on Thursday.
“With The Queen’s approval and settlement, The Duke of York’s army affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the assertion reads.
“The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a non-public citizen.”
The transfer comes a day after Prince Andrew’s legal professionals failed to steer a US choose to dismiss the sex-abuse lawsuit towards the royal on a technicality. The case revolves round allegations raised by Virginia Giuffre, who claims the prince had engaged her in sexual actions again in 2001, when she was a minor.
Giuffre alleges she was trafficked to the British royal for intercourse by the late pedophile billionaire Epstein and his lately convicted affiliate, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prince Andrew has denied sexually abusing Giuffre, saying in a 2019 interview that he didn’t recall ever even having met her. A publicly accessible photograph taken in London reveals the prince together with his hand round Giuffre’s waist, nonetheless.
Earlier on Thursday, greater than 150 army veterans petitioned the Queen to ask her to strip her son of his honorary army roles, and floated the thought of getting him dishonorably discharged as effectively.
“We’re notably upset and offended that Prince Andrew stays a member of the armed forces and continues to carry army titles, positions, and ranks, together with that of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy,” the veterans stated in an open letter.
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