Prince Andrew has been stripped of his royal patronages and military titles by Her Majesty the Queen as he is set to face his sexual assault lawsuit as a ‘private citizen’.
The Duke of York, 61, who first stepped down from public duties in November 2019 and is currently ninth in line to the throne, will no longer be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity as he awaits a trial in his civil case against Virginia Giuffre in the US.
The Royal Family’s Twitter account posted an official statement announcing the decision has been made with the support and ‘approval’ of his 95 year old mother the Queen.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” it read.
The statement went on to say that the Duke, who spent 22 years in the Royal Navy, will also be acting as a ‘private citizen’ during the duration of the case.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” it added.
Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties in November 2019 and his military titles were suspended. However, until today, he retained the roles.
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These are the roles that Prince Andrew will lose…
The Duke of York took over the position of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, one of the most senior infantry regiments in the British Army, in 2017 from his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who had previously held the position since 1975.
The Grenadier Guards, who were formed in Flanders in 1656 by King Charles II, are described as a ‘formidable force of hard and soft power’ on the royal website.
Meanwhile Prince Andrew will also lose deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own), colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment, colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment, colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps, colonel-in-chief of the Yorkshire Regiment, royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers and royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The 61 year old will also lose honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm.
Prince Andrew will also be stripped of overseas Canadian titles which include colonel-in-chief of the Queen’s York Rangers, colonel-in-chief of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada and colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers (in Nova Scotia, Canada).
New Zealand titles include colonel-in-chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own).
Meanwhile Prince Andrew once held over 230 patronages which included the Army Officers’ Golfing Society and the Berkshire County Cricket Club.
It comes as more than 150 Royal Navy, RAF and Army veterans wrote to the Queen to call on her to strip Andrew of all his ranks and titles within the British armed forces.
Issuing a joint letter via the pressure group Republic, they wrote: “Were this any other senior military officer it is inconceivable that he would still be in post.
“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,” they claimed. “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.”
“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 continued. “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 eleven years. Please do not leave it any longer,” the letter added.