Prince Andrew stripped of royal titles amid US sex assault case

Prince Andrew will lose his military affiliation and royal titles as he faces a civil trial over sexual assault charges in the United States, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday.

Victoria Giuffre has accused the British prince of sexual assault aged 17, claiming Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied. A New York judge on Wednesday rejected a request by the Queen’s second son to have the case dismissed.

Giuffre said she was a victim of sex trafficking and abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier who was found dead by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019.

In a statement released on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said: “With the Queen’s consent and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.”

The Palace added: “The Duke of York will continue to refrain from public duties and is defending this case as a private individual.”

Both ITV News and the guard, citing royal sources, reported that the prince would not be using “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity after the move.

The prince’s lawyers have argued that the case should be dismissed, citing a settlement Giuffre reached with Epstein in 2009. Prince Andrew told the BBC in 2019 he had no memory of meeting Giuffre.

Ali Walker contributed to the coverage.

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