Prince Andrew Loses Freedom of York After Sex Abuse Case Settlement

Prince Andrew has lost the Freedom of the City of York after councilors unanimously voted to strip him of the honor in the wake of his settlement in a sexual abuse civil case.

At the public gallery at York Racecourse, the City of York council held an extraordinary meeting with members of the public on April 27 to remove Andrew of the accolade, which was given to him in 1987, essentially as a wedding gift after he married Sarah Ferguson the previous year.

Liberal Democrat councilor Darryl Smalley, who proposed the motion, said he was “pleased” with the support of councilors from all parties.

“Having been stripped of his military roles and royal patronages by the Queen, we believe that it is right to remove all links that Prince Andrew still has with our great city,” Smalley said.

“The removal of this honorary title sends the right message that we, as a city, stand with victims of abuse,” Smalley added.

The council also called for Andrew to relinquish his Duke of York title, which Queen Elizabeth II, his mother, gave to him in 1986.

Smalley said that if Andrew fails to act, the Queen or the government “must step in to remove his title to finally end Prince Andrew’s connection to York.”

The rank of duke can only be removed by an act of parliament.

In February, Andrew agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Virginia Giuffre, who accused the Duke of sexually abusing her when she was 17.

Andrew has denied any wrongdoing in the case.


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