Queen Elizabeth Strips Prince Andrew of Military Titles, Royal Patronages

Queen Elizabeth on Jan. 13 has stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and royal patronages amid a United States civil lawsuit against him over sexual assault allegations.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Jan. 13.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the Buckingham Palace further said.

The decision means that Andrew will no longer use the royal style His Royal Highness in any official capacity.

Included in the loss of his military associations is his most prestigious military title as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Andrew has also lost several overseas honorary roles, including colonel-in-chief of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada, colonel-in-chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment, and colonel-in-chief of the Queen’s York Rangers.

However, Andrew will retain his service rank of Vice-Admiral as confirmed by the Buckingham Palace.

The move came a day after a U.S. judge rejected Andrew’s bid to dismiss the case alleging that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old.

UK Commons Defense Select Committee Chair Tobias Ellwood told BBC‘s Newscast podcast that returning Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages to the Queen ahead of the U.S. civil case was “necessary” to protect the reputation of the military.

“It’s important that the problems that Prince Andrew has incurred aren’t bled over into the regiments that he was representing,” Ellwood said.

Hours earlier, 152 military veterans from the army, navy, and air force wrote an open letter to the Queen, urging her to strip Andrew from his military ranks and titles.

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