Queen Elizabeth II Strips Prince Andrew of Military Roles, Patronages

( LONDON)– Queen Elizabeth II has actually removed Prince Andrew of all his honorary military titles and royal functions in charities and other civic groups, Buckingham Palace stated Thursday, amidst a growing furor over claims he sexually abused a teenage woman provided to him by investor Jeffrey Epstein.

More than 150 British navy and army veterans had actually composed to the Queen asking her to remove her 2nd child of all his military ranks and titles after a U.S. judge stated Wednesday a sex attack claim versus the prince might go on.

In a joint letter provided by the group Republic, they stated they were “upset and mad” that Andrew “brought the services he is connected with into disrepute.”

The palace stated in a quick declaration that “with the Queen’s approval and contract, the Duke of York’s military associations and royal patronages have actually been gone back to the Queen.”

Patronages describe functions in charities, military and civic groups that the royals support.

” The Duke of York will continue not to carry out any public responsibilities and is safeguarding this case as a civilian,” the declaration included.

The Queen is head of the militaries and honorary military visits are provided by her.

Andrew went back from public tasks in 2019, after a BBC interview about his relationship with Epstein drew prevalent criticism. He had actually maintained his honorary titles, consisting of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy, up until now.

A U.S. district judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a civil case versus Andrew by an American lady, Virginia Giuffre.

Giuffre took legal action against the 61- year-old Andrew in August, stating she was persuaded into sexual encounters with him in 2001, when she was 17, by Epstein and his long time buddy, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre stated she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London house, at Epstein’s New York estate and his estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan turned down an argument by Andrew’s legal representatives that Giuffre’s claim ought to be tossed out at an early phase since of an old legal settlement she had with Epstein, who she declares established sexual encounters with the prince.

He worried that he wasn’t ruling on the fact of the accusations.

Andrew’s attorneys have actually stated that the royal never ever sexually mistreated or assaulted Giuffre which he “unquestionably rejects Giuffre’s incorrect accusations versus him.”

Palace authorities have actually decreased to talk about the “continuous legal matter.”

Contact us at letters@time.com