In an official statement, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, January 13, that Prince Andrew was renouncing his military titles and his royal sponsorship duties with associations.
Accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew is still in turmoil. While his lawyers tried to avoid him a trial, a day after the American justice refused to dismiss the case, Buckingham Palace ruled on the royal status of the son of Elizabeth II. “With the Queen’s consent and approval, the military affiliations and royal sponsorships of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to assume public functions and is defending himself in this case as a private citizen ”, we can read in the press release from Buckingham Palace, Thursday, January 13, after long discussions in the upper echelons of the Royal family.
A statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke of York: pic.twitter.com/OCeSqzCP38
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 13, 2022
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He can no longer be called “His Royal Highness”
A statement that comes at the request of more than 150 veterans of the British armed forces. In an open letter sent to Elisabeth II, they had insisted that Prince Andrew be stripped of his honorary military status and titles because of the charges against him. They accused the prince in particular of having failed in the obligations of “probity, honesty and honorable behavior” which the British military have. The latter had notably participated in the Falklands War as a helicopter pilot in 1982, and had nearly fifteen military titles.
While he will likely retain his title of Duke of York and his ninth place in the order of succession to the throne of England, Prince Andrew can no longer be called “His Royal Highness” in an official capacity. At the beginning of January, questions were already emerging about his renouncing his royal title. Despite this decision, his lawyers remain optimistic promising to continue his defense. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these allegations,” they reacted.