Queen Revokes Prince Andrew’s Royal Patronages, Military Titles

Britain’s Prince Andrew near royal Sandringham estate, in Norfolk, Britain January 19, 2020. (Chris Radburn/Reuters)

England’s Queen Elizabeth II revoked Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages on Thursday, a day after a federal judge rejected Andrew’s attempt to block a civil suit against him by alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Multiple outlets reported that Andrew, whose formal title is the Duke of York, will cease using the descriptor “His Royal Highness.”

The move came just hours after a group of military veterans called for the Queen to remove Andrew’s military titles in an open letter. Buckingham Palace said it had no comment specifically on that letter on Thursday.

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