The Queen has agreed to strip the Duke of York of his honorary military posts and royal patronage, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The move comes as a major blow to Prince Andrew, who faces an imminent civil showdown over sex assault charges after a judge ruled on Wednesday the case could go ahead.
The palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue to refrain from public duties and is defending this case as a private individual.”
Prince Andrew will no longer be able to use HRH after a judge ruled he faces a civil trial over allegations of sexual abuse.
Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew’s boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the king three times when she was 17.
The Duke of York vehemently denies the allegations.
A royal source told the mirror: “All the roles of the Duke have been returned to the Queen for reallocation to other members of the Royal Family with immediate effect – they will not return to the Duke of York.
“The Duke of York will no longer use the ‘His Royal Highness’ style in any official capacity.”
It comes after a US judge ruled on Wednesday that the case against Prince Andrew could go ahead despite his attempts to dismiss the civil case before the trial.
Facing a potentially damaging and costly court case, the Queen’s second son must decide whether to fight the case, settle, or become a debt fugitive.
If Prince Andrew wants to settle down, the first thing he needs to do is ensure he has the finances on top of his staggering legal fees.
The mirror revealed the queen “would not help” in any further financial settlement with Ms. Giuffre over the sexual allegations.