The Duke of York’s social media accounts are being deleted as he continues his authorized battle to combat a sexual assault lawsuit filed in opposition to him within the US.
Final week the Queen stripped her second son of his honorary army affiliations and royal patronages, and he agreed to not use his royal type HRH in any official capability.
Prince Andrew’s official Twitter deal with, TheDukeOfYork, now results in a clean web page. His YouTube web page can be not accessible. Whereas his Instagram account, hrhthedukeofyork, nonetheless appeared on Wednesday, it’s understood that that too is being eliminated, alongside together with his Fb account, however some accounts are taking longer to filter by means of.
Royal aides have additionally up to date the British monarchy’s official website as Buckingham Palace seeks to distance the establishment from Andrew’s authorized battle.
Whereas the prince nonetheless seems underneath the part titled Members of the Royal Household, the listing of his army affiliations and patronages has been eliminated. Buckingham Palace introduced final week that the roles can be shared out amongst different members of the royal household. The choice was made after dialogue between senior relations.
The web site additionally consists of particulars of the Queen’s assertion, studying: “In January 2022, Buckingham Palace made an announcement saying that, with the Queen’s approval and settlement, the Duke of York’s army affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, and the Duke will proceed to not perform public duties.”
Below the heading Supporting the Queen, Andrew’s official duties are listed prior to now tense, such as attending trooping the color and his diamond jubilee tour to India on behalf of the monarch. The web site states: “An essential a part of the Duke of York’s position was to assist the Queen’s work as head of state.”
Virginia Giuffre, 38, is suing Andrew, 61, within the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a youngster. She claims she was trafficked by his pal Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted paedophile, to have intercourse with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor underneath US regulation. Andrew has denied the allegations.
The Duke of Cambridge made no response when he was requested whether or not he backed his uncle on Wednesday. Prince William was leaving the Foundling Museum in London with the Duchess of Cambridge when a member of a TV information crew requested: “Do you assist Prince Andrew?” William leaned nearer to listen to after which walked previous with out commenting.