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Prince Andrew stripped of royal titles amid US sex assault case – POLITICO

Prince Andrew will lose his navy affiliations and royal titles as he faces the prospect of a sexual assault civil trial in the USA, Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday.

Victoria Giuffre has accused the British prince of sexual assault when she was 17, claims Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied. A New York decide on Wednesday dismissed a bid by the queen’s second son to have the case thrown out.

Giuffre has mentioned she was the sufferer of sex trafficking and abuse by Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier who was discovered useless by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019.

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In an announcement issued Thursday, Buckingham Palace mentioned: “With the Queen’s approval and settlement, the Duke of York’s navy affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.”

The palace added: “The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a personal citizen.”

Each ITV News and the Guardian, citing royal sources, reported that the prince will not use “His Royal Highness” in any official capability following the transfer.

The prince’s legal professionals have argued that the case must be dismissed, citing a settlement Giuffre struck in 2009 with Epstein. Prince Andrew informed the BBC in 2019 that he had no recollection of having met Giuffre.

Ali Walker contributed reporting.

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