Security Minister avoids question on Prince Andrew's security
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However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said it would now be “impossible” for their royal roles to expand. He said the women would be “devastated” over the accusations aimed at their father because the “Yorks are a close-knit family”.
His remarks come after suggestions the pair would increase their attendance at royal engagements after Megxit, Prince Philip’s death and Prince Andrew’s withdrawal from public duties created a vacuum at the top.
Princess Eugenie, 31, and Princess Beatrice, 32, were raised by their parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, as private citizens and both have careers outside the Firm.
Although the Queen’s granddaughters are regular attendees at royal events, they do not conduct official duties.
Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The Yorks are a close-knit family and this will be devastating for them.
“They only perform a very few royal duties. However, any expansion of their roles, which was a possibility as there are fewer senior royals and many of them are no longer young, is now impossible for the foreseeable future.”
The Duke of York’s status as a member of the royal family was left in tatters last night when the Queen stripped him of his honorary military roles and he gave up his HRH style in a dramatic fallout from his civil sex case.
The move is a humiliation for Andrew and comes after the lawsuit against him took a major step forward on Wednesday when a judge threw out the duke’s motion to dismiss the sexual assault case and ruled it can go to trial.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”
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Andrew, who was born an HRH, will not use it any official capacity, a royal source said and the duke has also been stripped of his remaining royal patronages.
The decision represents the duke’s complete removal from official royal life and an attempt to distance the monarchy from Andrew, who was once second in line to the throne as the spare to the heir, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
On Wednesday, Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit in which Virginia Giuffre accuses him of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Giuffre, 38, could pursue claims that Andrew battered her and intentionally caused her emotional distress while US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – a financier who killed himself in jail in August 2019 while awaiting his sex trafficking trial – was trafficking her.
The prince, the 95-year-old queen’s second son, has denied Ms Giuffre’s accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at two Epstein properties.
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