Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace throughout Trooping The Color, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.
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Prince Andrew of Britain was stripped Thursday by his mom Queen Elizabeth II of his navy affiliations and royal patronages as he continues combating a New York lawsuit that accuses him of sexually abusing an underage lady whereas she was in thrall to intercourse felony Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, who had been an in depth pal of Epstein, additionally now not will use the type “His Royal Highness” in any official capability, in keeping with a royal supply, Reuters reported.
The information company additionally reported that Andrew’s official roles might be handed to different members of the royal household.
“With The Queen’s approval and settlement, The Duke of York’s navy affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace mentioned in a press release.
“The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a non-public citizen.”
The announcement got here inside hours of a letter from greater than 150 veterans of the Royal Navy, Air Drive and Military calling on the queen to strip her second son of all his titles and ranks within the armed forces.
The letter mentioned that Andrew had “fallen effectively wanting” the navy’s highest requirements of “probity, honesty and honourable conduct.”
“It’s exhausting to not see, when senior officers are reportedly describing him as ‘poisonous’, that he has introduced the companies he’s related to into disrepute,” the letter mentioned.