Buckingham Palace stated that after the allegations of sexual assault on the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, his royal patronages and military titles have been returned to the Queen. A royal source said that Andrew would also stop using His Royal Highness in an official capacity. It comes as the prince faces a United States civil action over sexual abuse accusations. On the other hand, Andrew consistently denied those claims.
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A source familiar with the matter said that the Duke of York would continue to defend himself against the sexual assault case brought in New York. Virginia Giuffre submitted the claim against the prince. But the source insisted that the Wednesday ruling of the judge that the civil action could proceed was not a ruling on the merits of the allegations. Moreover, Buckingham Palace stated that with the approval and agreement of the Queen, they reversed the Royal patronages and military affiliations of the Duke of York.
Will Andrew retain his title HRH?
Andrew will now defend this case as a private citizen and continue not to commence any public duties. All his roles returned to Queen and will reallocate to other Royal Family members with immediate effect. According to the source, the Royal Family widely discussed the matter. Like Prince Harry and Meghan, Andrew retains his title HRH but will not use it officially.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense expressed that it had no remarks about the return of the military titles of Duke to the Queen because it was a matter of the Palace. The royal roles and military titles will go to other Royal members, which means that all these roles and titles will not come back to Andrew whatever the outcome of his case. So, there are no open doors for him to return to public life. However, the Place confirmed that Andrew would retain his service rank of Vice-Admiral.