Prince Andrew could face 7-hour grilling in sex trial says expert
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Prince Andrew has had his royal patronages and military affiliations returned to the Queen. It marks the latest development after Duke of York’s lawyers attempt to have a case brought against him by Virgnia Guiffre thrown out failed. Prince Andrew has denied all allegations against him.
A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “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”
He will retain his Duke of York title.
The Prince’s removed affliations are: honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth; colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment; colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps; commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm; royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers; deputy colonel-in-chief of the Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) and royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Duke’s patronages will be distributed among members of the Royal Family.
It comes after outcry from military veterans who penned an open letter to the Queen asking for his honorary affiliations to be removed.
Accusing the duke of bringing the services he is associated with into disrepute, the 152 former members of the Royal Navy, RAF and Army said that “were this any other senior military officer it is inconceivable that he would still be in post”.
The letter read: “Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honourable conduct.
“These are standards which Prince Andrew has fallen well short of. It is hard not to see, when senior officers are reportedly describing him as ‘toxic’, that he has brought the services he is associated with into disrepute.
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“We are therefore asking that you take immediate steps to strip Prince Andrew of all his military ranks and titles and, if necessary, that he be dishonourably discharged.”
The letter finishes: “We understand that he is your son, but we write to you in your capacity as head of state and as commander-in-chief of the army, navy and air force.
“These steps could have been taken at any time in the past 11 years. Please do not leave it any longer.”
The Queen is head of the armed forces, and honorary military appointments are in her gift – and can be taken away by the monarch as well.
A ruling by a New York judge on Wednesday means the Duke of York will continue to be involved in legal proceedings for the foreseeable future.
Virginia Guiffre claims the Duke of York sexually assaulted her when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
The attempt to have the case thrown out on a legal technicality was dismissed by Judge Kaplan this week.
She claims she was trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the Duke of York.
The duke has denied all allegations against him.
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