Prince Andrew loses ranks and patronage

Status: 01/13/2022 6:48 p.m.

Prince Andrew faces civil lawsuit in the United States for sexual abuse. Now the second eldest son of the British Queen Elizabeth has lost all military ranks and royal patronage.

The British Prince Andrew has lost all military ranks and royal patronage. The Buckingham Palace announced. The second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II is sexually abused in connection with the affair of the convicted US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein accused.

“With the consent and agreement of the Queen, the military ranks and royal patrons of the Duke of York were returned to the Queen,” the statement said. Andrew will continue to “hold no public office” and in the event of the allegations made against him he will “defend himself as a private citizen”.

Yesterday, Andrew failed to file a motion to dismiss the abuse lawsuit against him in the United States. A civil case against him in the USA is getting closer.

Plaintiff Virginia Giuffre accuses Andrew alleged to have abused her several times as a 17-year-old, including in Epstein’s house in New York. She claims to have previously been the victim of one of Epstein and his ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell to have become an established abuse ring. Epstein then “loaned” them to the Royal. Giuffre is now demanding compensation in an undisclosed amount.

Maxwell was recently found guilty of several counts in a US criminal case and faces a long prison sentence. Epstein committed suicide in 2019 while in custody.

Prince Andrew denies allegations

Prince Andrew has repeatedly and firmly denied Giuffre’s allegations. Due to his previous contacts with Epstein, however, he gave up his royal duties in 2019 and largely withdrew from the public.

Until recently, the 61-year-old prince’s lawyers had hoped to avert the lawsuit. But the judge of the New York court rejected their objections on Wednesday. If there is no out-of-court settlement, Andrew faces a lawsuit.

More than 150 British military veterans had just asked the Queen in an open letter today to release Prince Andrew from his roles in the military because he had not lived up to the high standards of honorable behavior associated with the ranks. “If this were any other senior military officer, it would be out of the question that he would still be in office,” the letter said.

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Prince Andrew loses ranks and patronage