Why did Prince Andrew lose his royal title?
Prince Andrew has been stripped of his royal title, military titles and royal duties.
An announcement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday January 13 revealed that Queen Elizabeth II had revoked Prince Andrew’s role as a royal, along with many of his official titles.
“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
This means that all of her roles were immediately returned to the Queen. The Queen will redistribute her duties to other members of the Royal Family.
See the full statement below:
CNN reports that Prince Andrew will no longer be able to use or be addressed as “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity. A source who spoke to CNN says the decision to strip him of his duties and titles was discussed within the entire royal family.
Why did Prince Andrew lose his royal title and office?
Content warning below // sexual assault
News of Prince Andrew’s title being revoked comes just a day after a judge ruled a civil sex abuse claim could go forward against the Duke of York.
In 2019, the Duke of York stepped down from public royal duties after being accused of sexual abuse, as well as due to revelations about his former relationship with deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Virginia Giuffre sued the Queen’s reported “favorite son”. She alleged that she was sex trafficked by Epstein and had to perform sex acts on Prince Andrew when she was 17. Prince Andrew denies her claim.
According to PA, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan agreed to let his trial continue after Andrew’s attorneys objected to his proceedings.
His team argues the case should not go to court because of an earlier settlement Giuffre received from Epstein for $500,000. Kaplan said the settlement between Epstein and Giuffre did not involve the prince, who could not bar a lawsuit against him now.
Is Prince Andrew still a prince?
It is not known whether the princely title of the Duke of York has or can even be revoked. BBC and other British media still refer to him as Prince Andrew.
However, it so far appears that Prince Andrew can no longer use the title ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity. He has also been stripped of his military affiliations and will no longer hold any public office on behalf of the Queen.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse or violence, you can get help through the RAIN website. For assistance and to speak to someone on the phone, call 1-800-656-4673.