Britain’s Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his royal patronage and military ties – with the Queen’s approval. The announcement came a day after aAndrew’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre for sexually assaulting her when she was 17.
“The Duke of York will not continue to perform public duties and is defending this matter privately,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Thursday.
All of his formal roles have been returned to Queen Elizabeth and will be redistributed to other members of the royal family, according to a royal source. He will also no longer use “His Royal Highness” in official capacities.
Andrew’s lawyers had argued that the…should be discarded because of a that Guiffre signed with convicted sex offender . Judge Lewis Kaplan said the 2009 deal “cannot be seen” in Andrew’s favor.
It’s possible Andrew decides to fight the case in court, but given the negative light the trial would shine, most analysts consider it highly unlikely. As a UK resident, he could also simply refuse to participate in a trial if it goes ahead, but that tactic could be disastrous.
The prince’s best option, CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said, is to try to reach a settlement with Giuffre out of court to avoid going to court. But Giuffre would have to agree to that option, and she has indicated that she is not inclined to do so.
On Friday, Giuffre said in a tweet that she was “satisfied” with the judge’s ruling as it would give her “an opportunity to continue uncovering the truth”.
“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and should be held accountable,” she said in the tweets, which thanks to her legal team and a message of solidarity with the “countless other survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking.”
Giuffre, who claims the prince sexually assaulted her multiple times when she was a teenager,in 2020 that Andrew “should panic” and the royal “should be held responsible”.
Prince Andrew denies all charges and has never been charged with any crime. He claims not to remember meeting Giuffre, despite the fact that they were photographed together when Giuffre was a teenager. Epstein’s ex-girlfriend,, who was convicted in December of grooming and trafficking minors for sexual abuse, is in the same photo.
Once considered a handsome playboy prince, Andrew’s name is now indelibly colored by his friendships with convicted sex offenders Epstein and Maxwell.