Move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him accusing him of sexual assault.
Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, who is facing a US civilian case for sexual assault, has given up his honorary military and charitable roles, Buckingham Palace said.
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal protection have been returned to the Queen,” a statement said Thursday.
“The Duke of York will continue to undertake no public duty and defend this case as a private citizen.”
The move came after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him accusing him of sexual abuse.
A royal source said Andrew would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity and his other roles would be distributed among other members of the royal family. They would not return to Prince Andrew.
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Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the 1982 Falklands War, has been accused of sexual assault Virginia Giuffre when she was 17.
Giuffre claims the late financier Jeffrey Epstein lent her for sex with his rich and powerful co-workers.
The announcement came after more than 150 veterans of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army wrote to the Queen urging her to deprive Andrew of his ranks and titles in the armed forces.
The 95-year-old head of state is the commander-in-chief of the army, navy and air force.
“Were it any other senior military officer, it is inconceivable that he would still be in the post,” the veterans wrote in a joint letter released by the anti-monarchy pressure group Republic.
“Officers of the British Armed Forces must meet the highest standards of honesty, integrity and honorable conduct.
“These are standards that Prince Andrew has fallen far short of,” they wrote, adding that he “disgraced the services with which he is associated”.
Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera, who reported from London, said Andrew had become toxic to the monarchy.
“He has potential [also] becomes toxic to the queen. He is her favorite son, her second son.
“This is a year of great importance to her [as it marks her platinum jubilee celebration, 70 years on the throne]”It is clear that he is now more deeply involved than ever in allegations of sexual assault that he until very recently had hoped could possibly be set aside,” Hull added.
Senior members of the British royal family were typically appointed honorary heads of military units, with the Queen’s approval.
Andrew was honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose soldiers guard Buckingham Palace in their distinctive bearskin hats and red tunics.
Royal patrons are associations with charities and other organizations.