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Prince Andrew’s military titles revoked by queen amid sex lawsuit

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Queen Elizabeth II revoked Prince Andrew’s military alliances and royal patronage on Thursday, a day after a federal judge in New York rejected an American woman’s allegations of sexual harassment against her.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement.

“With the consent and consent of the Queen, the military ties and royal patronage of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen. .

The Queen’s second son, 61-year-old Andrew, is on trial in New York in 2001 by 38-year-old Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted him at the age of 17. the prince knew it at the time.

The effort to separate Andrew from his valuable military allies has been going on for a long time, but has come into force in recent weeks as Andrew’s civil suit in New York continued despite attempts by his lawyers to deny it.

Many high-ranking members of the royal family have military associations and royal patronage, which are distributed by the monarch and are a major part of the royal affairs. Andrew served as a pilot in the Royal Navy and served in the 1982 Falkland War, and he returned as a hero to many royal fans.

But after the change in the trial, British military leaders complained to the public and anonymously to the media that it was inconvenient and unreasonable to continue contacts with the prince.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said Wednesday that Andrew’s attorneys could not question the constitutionality of Giuffre’s lawsuit against him in August.

His lawyers said the lawsuit was not specific and that he was disqualified because he reached an agreement with Epstein’s lawyers in 2009.

“Judge Kaplan’s decision to reject Prince Andrew’s attempt to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s case against him is another important step in Virginia’s pursuit of justice as a survivor of a sexual trafficking,” said Sigrid McCauley, one of Giuffre’s lawyers. statement obtained by.

Andrew has been under criticism in Britain since at least 2011 for his friendship with former American sex offender Epstein. Giuffre, who also accuses Epstein, has made his allegations against Andrew public since 2015.

Andrew flatly denied all of his allegations. After a devastating interview with the BBC about his friendship with Epstein and Giuffre’s claims in 2019, Andrew “withdrew” from royal duties with the Queen’s consent, but lost some of his charitable sponsorship and maintained his military alliances.

As a result of the announcement, he did not lose the title of Duke of York. The palace did not say whether he had lost his HRH (Royal Highness) status.

On the contrary, the Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, a former member of the British Army, was forced to relinquish his royal role in 2020 and move to California to relinquish his military alliances and royal patronage. Harry is the son of Prince Charles, Andrew’s brother. , agreed not to use its HRH in connection with commercial activities.

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