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Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has given up his honorary military and charitable roles

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Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, was effectively removed from his position in royal life in a dramatic move on Thursday, as he faces a US civil case for sexual assault.

British media quoted an unnamed royal source as saying he would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” (HRH), which designates senior members of the royal family in any capacity.

The move comes after Buckingham Palace announced that he had given up his honorary military titles and charitable roles as the US case goes on.

“The Duke of York will not perform any public duty and is defending the matter as a private citizen,” it said in a statement.

A New York judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by Andrew’s attorneys to dismiss the case brought by Virginia Giuffre.

Giuffre, 38, accused Andrew – often referred to as the Queen’s “favourite son” – of sexually assaulting her in 2001 when she was 17, claiming it was given to her by Jeffrey Epstein. .

Andrew, who vehemently denies the allegations, was forced to leave public life in 2019 after a tragic interview in which he claimed he had no recollection of meeting Giuffre and his relationship with convicted pedophile Epstein. Defended Dosti, who was found hanging in jail in 2019.

Public outcry at the time saw many charities and associations distance themselves from him and he has rarely been in public since.

An AFP photographer said on Thursday he was seen being chased from his home near Windsor Castle, west of London.

– Anger of the old –

More than 150 Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army veterans wrote to the Queen, calling on Andrew to be stripped of his ranks and titles in the armed forces.

The 95-year-old head of state is the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

“Whether it were another senior military officer, it is inconceivable that he would still be in office,” he wrote in a joint letter made public by the anti-monarchical pressure group Republic.

“Officers of the British Armed Forces must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and respectful conduct.

“These are standards by which Prince Andrew has fallen far short,” he said, adding that he “brought the services to which he is attached”.

Senior members of the British royal family have been appointed as honorary heads of military units, usually with the approval of the Queen.

Andrew was an honorary colonel of the Grenadier Guards, whose soldiers guard Buckingham Palace in their distinctive bear cap and red tunic.

There are associations with royal patronage charities and other organizations.

– ‘The rabbit is running away in fear’ –

For the beleaguered monarchy, 2022 was meant to celebrate 70 years of Elizabeth II on the throne with parades, pageants and public holidays.

But Andrew’s legal woes threatened more pain for the aging monarch after his grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan moved to the United States, from where he criticized royal life, including racism. The allegation was also involved.

Andrew will likely have to respond to Giuffre’s allegations from Britain in a recorded statement, unless he successfully appeals or settles.

One of Giuffre’s lawyers, David Boise, told the BBC on Wednesday that his client is not ruling out a deal, but that a financial settlement would not suffice.

“It is very important to Virginia Giuffre that this case be resolved in a way that justifies her and the other victims,” ​​he said.

Royal historian Anna Whitlock said there was “no good substitute” for Andrew. He told AFP that a financial settlement would also raise questions about where the money came from.

According to British media, he recently settled a dispute over a £6.6 million ($9 million, 7.9 million) loan that would allow him to sell a Swiss chalet, which he reportedly bought in 2014 for £18 million Was. ,

The BBC’s former royal correspondent, Jenny Bond, said that Andrew recently “improved a rabbit running scared to hide behind his mother’s tartan skirt … trying to avoid court papers being served on him.” Has been doing”.

In 2002, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year saw the death of her younger sister, Princess Margaret, then her mother, also known as Queen Elizabeth.

“And now it’s another jubilee with something so distasteful in the next few months,” she told Sky News.

“But how shameful is it for a 95-year-old woman to challenge her 61-year-old son about his sexual misconduct allegations.”

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