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The Queen withdraws Prince Andrew’s military titles and his royal patronage

2022, the year of platinum jubilee, the one that will celebrate 70 years of Isabel II. on the throne, it will be one of the most bitter for the sovereign. The queen has had to strip his favorite son, the prince Andrew, of all military titles and royal patronages that still conserved and It has also deprived him of the use of the title of Royal Highness (“His Royal Highness”), although he does not lose it, as already happened with Harry Y Meghan, Dukes of Sussex. Andrés had already left all official functions as a member of the royal family in 2019 due to his involvement with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York’s official defenestration comes the day after his lawyers failed to avoid prosecution for sexual abuse in New York. A civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Guiffre for events that occurred when it was younger. The duke denies the allegations and appears willing to defend himself in court. His team has made it known that he will continue fighting. The sentence of Wednesday in New York, they point out, does not go into assessing the plaintiff’s allegations and this is “a marathon not a sprint.” The Duke “will continue to defend against those allegations“.

Protect the institution

“With the approval and agreement of the queen, the royal patronage and military affiliations of the Duke of York are returned to the queen. The Duke of York will continue to take no public duty and plead her case as private citizen“said the Buckingham Palace statement issued this Thursday. In an untenable position for months, Buckingham has made the decision to isolate who has become a danger to the institution in order to protect her from further scandals that may arise from the pending trial.

The impression is that neither of the two parties to the confrontation, the plaintiff and the defendant, are willing to agree on a private agreement to settle the complaint. The attorneys of Virginia Giuffre They have indicated that they are not interested “in a purely monetary pact“which suggests that perhaps you want some kind of public statement and admission of facts. In principle, the process should start in the autumn.

Unsustainable situation

The prince’s situation was untenable. A few hours before the announcement, more than 150 Army veterans they had written to the queen asking her to strip Andrew of his military titles. So far he had been holding honors in eight British regiments, including that of colonel in the Grenadier Guard, which had aroused a lively discomfort.

For two years, Andrés, 61, vI’ve been separated from social life away from the cameras. His residence is at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, a Crown residence that he has occupied since 2004 and shares with his former wife, Sara Ferguson. The couple would have sold, according to the British media, the chalet in Switzerland they had acquired, money with which they could afford a millionaire compensation for Guiffre and to pay his team of lawyers.

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