The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, has been stripped of his military titles and charities.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced the news amid the Jeffrey Epstein scandal that has impacted the Prince and caused turmoil for the Royal Family.
The announcement comes just one day after a judge ruled a sexual abuse civil lawsuit against Queen Elizabeth‘s son could proceed.
A royal source told CNN on Thursday, Andrew will also no longer use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” said the palace statement.
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According to multiple sources, all of the Duke’s roles have been handed back to the Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family. For clarity, they will not return to “The Duke of York.”
Virginia Giuffre, filed a civil suit against Prince Andrew, alleging sexual assault by the royal when she was a teenager. Prince Andrew has consistently refuted the claims.
Giuffre claims that 20 years ago, she was trafficked to Prince Andrew by both Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Prince Andrew filed by Virginia Giuffre.
Legal representatives for Guiffre have stated that she is not interested in settling with the Prince out of court.
Her lawyer, David Boies, stated her desire is to be vindicated by the courts. He said, “I think it’s very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims. I don’t think she has a firm view as to exactly what a solution should be.”
Guiffre, who Epstein paid a settlement of $500,000 in 2009, is said to want a trial to send a message that anyone with power and privilege accused of abusing young girls will face the full force of the law. She reportedly told her lawyers that agreeing to a multi-million dollar settlement with Prince Andrew would not advance that message, according to the Telegraph.