Buckingham Palace has stripped Britain’s Prince Andrew of his military honors and charities in the wake of his sexual abuse lawsuit being allowed to continue.
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and 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,” said Buckingham Palace in its public statement.
According to a source close to the royal family, this decision was discussed “widely” by each of the members. Britain’s royals have had a fair share of scandals this year, as they were also criticized and accused of racism for their treatment of Meghan Markle. Andrew will also no longer be able to use the title “His Royal Highness,” officially.
On Wednesday, Judge Lewis Kaplan denied the Andrew camp’s attempt to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against him. The suit has claimed that the Prince had sex with her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by the late Jeffrey Epstein.
Giuffre first began the lawsuit in 2019 when New York enacted the Child Victim’s Act, a law that expanded the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases to help survivors. When her suit was upheld, Giuffre tweeted that she is “glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth.”
Now that Andrew is facing trial in New York Court, it remains to be seen whether his team will attempt to negotiate a settlement with Giuffre to avoid a trial.