Prince Andrew returns military affiliations and royal patronages with ‘approval and agreement’ of Queen Elizabeth II

The palace statement came after more than 150 Navy and Army veterans wrote to the Queen asking her to strip Andrew of all his military rank and titles amid continuing legal problems for the prince, who is involved in a sexual assault case in the United States.

The Duke of York has consistently denied the allegations.

Peter Phillips and Prince Andrew, Duke of York during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England
Peter Phillips and Prince Andrew, Duke of York during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. (WPA Pool / Getty Images)

“With the consent and consent of the Queen, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement released Thursday evening (Friday morning EST).

β€œThe Duke of York will continue to perform no public duties and will defend this cause as a private citizen.”

District Judge Louis A. Kaplan rejected Andrew’s attorney’s argument that Ms. Joffrey’s lawsuit should be dismissed at an early stage because She had an old legal settlement with Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who claims to have had sexual encounters with the prince.

He stressed that he does not judge the truth of the allegations.

Andrew’s lawyers said the royal family did not sexually assault or abuse Ms Joffrey and that he “categorically denies Joffrey’s false allegations against him”.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said it had no comment on the return of the Duke’s military titles to the Queen, and that it was a matter of the palace.

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