Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, was on Thursday successfully stripped of his place in royal life, in a dramatic transfer as he faces a US civil case for sexual assault.
British media quoted an unnamed royal supply as saying he would now not use the “His Royal Highness” (HRH) title, which designates senior members of the royal household, in any capability.
The transfer got here after Buckingham Palace introduced that he had given up his honorary army titles and charitable roles because the US case looms.
“The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a non-public citizen,” a press release learn.
A New York decide on Wednesday dismissed an try by Andrew’s legal professionals to have the case introduced by Virginia Giuffre thrown out.
Giuffre, 38, accuses Andrew — typically known as the Queen’s “favorite son” — of sexually assaulting her in 2001 when she was 17, claiming she was delivered to him by Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegation, was compelled to stop public life after a calamitous 2019 interview wherein he claimed to haven’t any reminiscence of assembly Giuffre and defended his friendship with convicted paedophile Epstein, who was discovered hanged in jail in 2019.
Public outrage on the time noticed a number of charities and associations distance themselves from him and he has hardly ever been since in public since.
On Thursday, he was seen being pushed from his home close to Windsor Citadel, west of London, an AFP photographer mentioned.
– Veteran’s anger –
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 pressure.
“Have been this another senior army officer it’s inconceivable that he would nonetheless be in submit,” they wrote in a joint letter made public by the anti-monarchy strain 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 nicely wanting,” they mentioned, 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 army 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.
– ‘Rabbit working scared’ –
For a monarchy beset by crises, 2022 was meant to rejoice Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, with parades, pageants and public holidays.
However Andrew’s authorized woes threaten extra ache for the ageing monarch, after her grandson Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan’s shock transfer to the USA, from the place they criticised royal life, together with accusing it of racism.
Andrew will possible have to reply to Giuffre’s accusations from Britain in a recorded deposition, until he efficiently appeals or reaches a settlement.
Certainly one of Giuffre’s legal professionals, David Boies, advised the BBC on Wednesday his consumer was not ruling out a deal, however a monetary settlement wouldn’t be sufficient.
“It is essential to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a method that vindicates her and vindicates the opposite victims,” he mentioned.
Royal historian Anna Whitelock mentioned there have been “no good choices” for Andrew. A monetary settlement would additionally elevate questions on the place the cash got here from, she advised AFP.
Based on the British media, he just lately settled a dispute over a £6.6 million ($9 million, 7.9 million) debt, which can permit him to promote a Swiss chalet he purchased in 2014 for a reported £18 million.
The BBC’s former royal correspondent, Jennie Bond mentioned Andrew has just lately “given the impression of a rabbit working fearful of hiding behind his mom’s tartan skirts… making an attempt to keep away from the courtroom papers being served on him”.
In 2002, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 12 months noticed the dying of her youthful sister, Princess Margaret, then their mom, additionally known as queen Elizabeth.
“And now that is one other jubilee wherein one thing so distasteful is hanging over the entire of the subsequent few months,” she advised Sky Information.
“However how embarrassing for a 95-year-old lady to should problem her 61-year-old son about his allegations of sexual misconduct.”
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