Prince Andrew: Duke of York stripped of his military titles
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Lieutenant Stuart Hunt welcomed the Queen’s decision, but said it should have been made “years ago”. He described the matter as “unsavoury business”. But, more than anything, he is “glad” Prince Andrew, 61, no longer holds any military titles.
The Prince’s military titles and royal patronages were removed today, on Thursday. It followed a ruling stating the civil case brought again him by Virginia Giuffre can proceed to trial.
The Duke of York will now continue in this case as a “private citizen”, Buckingham Palace said.
In a statement, the Palace added: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Lieutenant Hunt said he is “pleased” with the announcement.
He told PA: “It’s an unsavoury business…I’m just glad he’s not associated with the military now.
“I’m pleased although it should have happened two years ago or in fact longer when he was taking his little trips out to play golf in St Andrews.”
He added that the removal of the titles should not only have taken place previously, but should have been done by the Duke.
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Lieutenant Hunt said: “Whether he’s guilty or not, he has brought things into disrepute.
“He’s not fit to serve in an honorary rank. He has forgone that right by getting into this sort of situation.
“A better man would have stood down whether innocent or guilty for the sake of the organisation.
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“It’s repugnant really.”
Among titles Prince Andrew has lost is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
Other titles he will no longer hold are Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth, Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm and Royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
As the head of the Armed Forces, honorary military titles are given by the Queen.
Lieutenant Hunt served in Northern Ireland in the early 1990s.
He formed part of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment.
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