Prince Andrew stripped of royal patronage and military affiliation as rape case continues

With the Queen’s approval, Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his royal patronage and military affiliations. The announcement came a day later U.S. District Judge dismissed. Andrew’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Virginia Geffery, alleging that he raped her when she was 17 years old.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said Thursday that the Duke of York would not continue to discharge any public obligations and was defending the case as a private citizen.

According to a royal source, all their formal roles have been returned to Queen Elizabeth and will be redistributed to other members of the royal family. He will no longer use “His Highness” in any official position.

Andrew’s lawyers argued that A lawsuit that is now pending. Should be thrown out because of 2009 agreement That Geoffrey had signed with a convicted sex offender. Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Lewis Kaplan said the 2009 agreement “could not be seen” to benefit Andrew.

Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, (2ndR) and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R), Prince Philip of the United Kingdom, Duke of Edinburgh’s Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel I attended. London, April 17, 2021.

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It is possible that Andrew decided to take the case to court, but in light of the negative light, the process will shine. his family, Most analysts see this as highly unlikely. As a UK resident, he may refuse to co-operate with a trial if it goes ahead, but the tactic could be disastrous.

Ricky Clemens, a legal analyst at CBS News, said the prince’s best option was to seek an out-of-court settlement with Geoffrey to prevent a trial. But Giuffre will have to agree to that option, and he has shown no inclination to do so.

On Friday, Geoffrey said in a tweet that he was “happy” with the judge’s decision, as it would give him a chance to “expose the truth.”

“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable,” he said in a tweet, thanking his legal team and “countless other survivors.” There was a message of solidarity with. Sexual exploitation and trafficking. “

Giuffre, who claims the prince raped her on several occasions when she was a teenager, Told CBS News In 2020, Andrew “should panic” and that the royal family “needs to be held accountable.”

Prince Andrew denies all charges and has never been charged with any crime. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture. Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghasleen Maxwell, Who was convicted in December of preparing minors and trafficking them for rape, is pictured here.

Once considered a handsome, playboy prince, Andrew’s name is now tainted by his friendship with convicted sex offenders Epstein and Maxwell.