UK’s Prince Andrew gives up military titles, patronages: Palace | News

The move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil case against him accusing him of sexual assault.

Buckingham Palace said Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, who is facing a US civil case for sexual assault, has renounced his honorary military and charitable roles.

“With the Queen’s assent and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and the Queen’s royal patronage have been reinstated,” a statement on Thursday said.

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

The move came after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil case against him accusing him of sexual assault.

A royal source said Andrew is no longer using the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity, and his other roles will be distributed to other members of the royal family. They will not return to Prince Andrew.

Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the 1982 Falklands War, is accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Joffrey when she was 17.

Joffrey alleged that the late financier Jeffrey Epstein loaned her out to have sex with his wealthy and powerful partners.

The announcement came after more than 150 veterans of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army wrote to the Queen, calling for her to strip Andrew of his rank and titles in the Armed Forces.

The 95-year-old head of state is the commander-in-chief of the army, navy and air force.

“Had this been any other senior military officer, it is inconceivable that he would remain in office,” the veterans wrote in a joint letter published by the anti-royal pressure group Republic.

Officers of the British Armed Forces must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and conduct.

“These are the standards Prince Andrew has failed to meet,” they wrote, adding that he had “brought the services with which he is associated into disrepute.”

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hall, from London, said Andrew had become toxic to the monarchy.

“He has a possibility [also] become toxic to the queen. He is her favorite son, her second son.

“This is a very important year for her [as it marks her platinum jubilee celebration, 70 years on the throne], and it is clear that he is now more involved than ever in allegations of sexual assault which he hoped until very recently could be set aside,” added Hull.

Senior members of the British royal family are usually appointed as honorary heads of military units, with the Queen’s approval.

Andrew was an honorary colonel in the Grenadier Guard, whose soldiers guard Buckingham Palace in their distinctive teddy bear hats and red jackets.

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