Prince Andrew security: Minister fails to rule out taxpayers’ to keep funding Duke detail

Security Minister avoids question on Prince Andrew's security

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Prince Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles as well as his HRH style following talks with the Queen about him fighting sexual abuse allegations as a “private citizen.” The Duke of York is due to appear in court sometime in the autumn after a New York judge dismissed attempts to quash a lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre alleging the royal had sexual relations with her as a minor. Prince Andrew has categorically denied the allegations and is expected to push back against the claims but speculation has arisen over his future role within the Royal Family and the source of his security funding.

Asked whether taxpayers will continue to contribute to Prince Andrew’s security detail, Damian Hinds said: “As a very long-standing principle, I and the Government, we don’t comment on security measures.

“Our security forces, the Police and others do what they judge is necessary to protect our country, to protect people in it.”

The lack of direct response prompted LBC host Nick Ferrari to pose the question once more, with Mr Hinds hitting back: “It’s not an obfuscation.

“It’s a long-standing principle.

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“I know this is going to come across like me obfuscating and avoiding the question, and I suppose maybe even in some ways it is avoiding the question…

“Our wider security forces do what is right and proportionate to protect the people of this country and we don’t go…

“We don’t publicise exactly what that covers.”

Other royals previously had their protections status change after their position within the Royal Family was modified.

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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, as HRHs, were both equipped with a personal protection detail in the past but the arrangement was later reviewed when both started working as private citizens.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also saw their security dispositions changed following their decision to step down from their position as working royals in 2020.

They both lamented the decision but later made arrangements to personally pay for their own security since moving to Los Angeles.

Prince Andrew is not expected to carry out his fight against the sexual abuse allegations privately and to cover the costs without additional support from his family.

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Andrew was made Duke of York on the day of his wedding to Sarah, Duchess of York in 1986.

The Queen marked the royal nuptials by giving her second son the dukedom and he also became Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

The monarch traditionally gives members of the royal family a new title when they get married, with Prince William becoming the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry given the title the Duke of Sussex.

Former holders of the title Duke of York include Andrew’s grandfather King George VI and his great-grandfather, King George V.

Andrew’s dukedom will not be inherited by his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice when he dies, but revert back to the sovereign.

The title was created in the 14th century and the following century became a possession of the Crown when it was inherited by a future monarch.

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