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Royal family strips Prince Andrew of military titles over underage sex

Royal family strips Prince Andrew of military titles over underage sex

 

The British Royal Family has stripped Prince Andrew of all his military titles and royal patronages by the Queen and ordered never to return to official duties.

This followed a judgment which decided that he would have to face a civil trial on allegations of sex abuse.

The victim, Virginia Giuffre formerly Virginia Roberts had claim that Prince Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Andrew on three occasions at age 17.

However, the Duke of York has denied the allegations.

“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,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson disclosed.

A source in the royal family was quoted as saying: “All of The Duke’s roles have been handed back to The Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family – will not return to The Duke of York.

“The Duke of York will no longer use the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity.”

A US judge had ruled on Wednesday, Jan. 12, that the case against Prince Andrew could proceed despite his attempts to have the civil case thrown out before trial.

Analysts have suggested that facing a potentially damaging and costly court trial, the Queen’s second son must decide whether to fight the case, settle, or become a debt fugitive.

If Prince Andrew wishes to settle, he must first ensure he has the finances to do so on top of his rising legal bills.

A UK tabloid, the Mirror revealed the Queen “would not assist” in any further financial settlement to Ms Giuffre over the sex allegations.

Andrew is said to be meeting all the costs himself and if there was the potential to settle, “it is in no doubt that the Queen would not assist him in doing so,” a source was quoted

He is currently in the process of selling his £17 million Swiss chalet where he lives at the Queen’s Royal Lodge in Berkshire.

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