The UK’s Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Andrew’s “military affiliations and Royal patronages” were returned to the Queen as he faces a sex-abuse civil lawsuit in the US connected to sex offender the late Jeffrey Epstein.
The announcement was made by the Palace in a fleeting statement on Thursday.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the statement reads.
“The Duke of York will continue not to attempt any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The move comes a day after Prince Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US estimate to dismiss the sex-abuse lawsuit against the royal on a technicality. The case revolves around allegations raised by Virginia Giuffre, who claims the prince had engaged with her in sexual activities back in 2001 when she was a minor.
Giuffre claims that she was trafficked to the British royal for sex by late pedophile billionaire Epstein and his recently-convicted associate Ghislaine Maxwell.
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