With the Queen’s consent and approval, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages were returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to hold public office and is defending himself in this case as a private citizen, Buckingham Palace said in a statement, suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II will not finance her legal fees.
Earlier today, more than 150 British Army veterans asked the Queen to strip the former helicopter pilot, who had distinguished himself during the Falklands War, of his titles.
In this letter published by the group opposed to the monarchy Republic, the signatories accused the prince of having failed in the obligations of
probity, honesty and honorable behavior that the British military have.
Prince Andrew, 61, is being sued in New York by American Virginia Giuffre, 38, who accuses him of having had sex with her when she was 17. It would have been delivered to the prince by the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, friend of the Duke of York.
The prince strenuously denied the charges. But after a calamitous interview in 2019, he retired from public life.
The New York decision came as the Queen had just announced the program of festivities that will mark her 70th anniversary this year, with parades, concerts and pudding competitions.