Prince Andrew is to be stripped of his military titles, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The decision comes in the wake of a decision by a US judge to allow a civil sexual abuse case involving the Duke of York to move to trial. Andrew denies all the allegations.
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Duke of York will also no longer use his HRH title and will defend his sexual abuse case as a ‘private citizen.’
The Duke of York has been stripped of all military titles and patronages and will no longer use his HRH title, Buckingham Palace has said.
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He will defend his sexual abuse case as a “private citizen”.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “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.”
A royal source said all of the Duke’s roles have been handed back to the Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family.
Prince Andrew, 61, will no longer use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.
The decision is understood to have been taken following wide discussions amongst the Royal Family.
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