His Royal Highness Prince Andrew Duke of York is no more. Or rather, he is now just Prince Andrew Duke of York. The Queen of the United Kingdom has announced that her son will no longer be able to use the title of Royal Highness and that he has also been stripped of all his military titles. He was notably Honorary Vice-Admiral since 2015. All the patronages of the one who has always been presented as the favorite son of Elizabeth II have also been returned, and will be redistributed to other members of the royal family.
In question, the Epstein affair, in which the father of the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie is mired. Virginia Giuffre accuses him of sexual assault and his complaint has been deemed admissible in civil proceedings by an American court. According to the Guardian, the decision was made by mutual agreement between Prince Andrew and his mother, who could have opposed it, but did not.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to hold public office and is defending this case as a private citizen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. communicated.
Sources quoted by the British daily say that whatever happens in the civil trial, the titles of the Queen’s son will never be returned to him.
Virginia Giuffre, now 38, claims she was coerced into having sex with Prince Andrew when she was just 17. At the time, the queen’s son was very close to billionaire child criminal Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last month of sex trafficking of minors.
Since being cited in this case, Prince Andrew has shown a chaotic defense, going so far as to assert, during an interview with the BBC, that he has a disease preventing him from sweating, to justify that He couldn’t be the one Virginia Giuffre is talking about since she evokes a person with heavy sweating. This interview caused an uproar in the kingdom and pushed Prince Andrew to retire.
Queen Elizabeth II, who seemed for the moment to want to protect her son, has obviously chosen the axis that she has set herself since her coronation: to preserve the monarchy, whatever the cost.