Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday that Prince Andrew would lose his navy ties and royal rank as he faces the potential of a civil trial of sexual assault in the USA.
Victoria Giffre has accused the British prince of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, a declare Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied. A New York choose on Wednesday rejected a bid by the queen’s second son to have the case dropped.
Giffre mentioned she was the sufferer of intercourse trafficking and abuse by Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier who was discovered useless by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019.
In a press release issued Thursday, Buckingham Palace mentioned: “With the Queen’s approval and settlement, York’s navy alliances and royal assist have been returned to the Queen.”
Palace added: “The Duke of York will proceed to take no public responsibility and is defending the case as a non-public citizen.”
Each ITV Information and The Guardian, citing royal sources, reported that the prince would not use “His Royal Highness” in any official capability after the transfer.
The prince’s legal professionals argued that the case needs to be dismissed, citing Giffre’s settlement with Epstein in 2009. Prince Andrew advised the BBC in 2019 that he had no recollection of Giffre.
Ali Walker contributed to the report.