Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit in the United States for sexual abuse related to the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and that his “military ties and royal patronage” have been returned to the Queen.
The Palace made the announcement in a brief statement on Thursday.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliation and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen,” The statement is as follows.
“The Duke of York will continue to hold no public responsibility and defend the case as an ordinary citizen.”
The move comes a day after lawyers for Prince Andrew failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a sexual abuse lawsuit against the royal family. The case revolves around allegations made by Virginia Giuffre, who claims the prince had sex with her in 2001 when she was a minor.
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