His Royal Highness Prince Andrew Duke of York is no more. Or rather, he is now just the Prince Andrew Duke of York. The Queen of the United Kingdom has announced that her son will no longer be able to use the title of Royal Highness and that he has also been stripped of all his military titles. He was notably Honorary Vice-Admiral since 2015. All the patronages of the one who has always been presented as the favorite son of Elizabeth II have also been returned, and will be redistributed to other members of the royal family.
In question, the Epstein affair, in which the father of the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie is mired. Virginia Giuffre accuses him of sexual assault and his complaint has been deemed admissible in civil proceedings by an American court. According to the Guardian, the decision was taken by mutual agreement between Prince Andrew and his mother, who could have opposed it, but did nothing.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have were returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to hold public office and is defending this case as a private citizen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Sources quoted by the British daily say that whatever happens in the civil lawsuit, the titles of the Queen’s son will never be returned to him.
Virginia Giuffre, now aged years old, claims to have been forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was only 17 year. At the time, the queen’s son was very close to child criminal billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last month for sex trafficking of minors.
Since being cited in this case, the prince Andrew showed a chaotic defense, going so far as to affirm, during a interview with the BBC , to be suffering from an illness preventing him from sweating, to justify that he could not be the one Virginia Giuffre is talking about since she evokes a person with heavy sweating. This interview caused an uproar in the kingdom and prompted Prince Andrew to take his retirement.
Queen Elizabeth II, who seemed for the moment to want to protect her son, obviously chose the axis that she has set herself since her coronation: to preserve the monarchy, whatever the cost.