LONDON.- The prince andrew, son of Elizabeth II, who is facing a legal case in the United States for sexual assault, lost at the hands of the queen his honorary positions at the head of military regiments and charitable associations, Buckingham Palace reported on Thursday.
“The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and will defend himself in this case as a private citizen”, the palace specified in a brief statement.
The queen removed those charges from her second son after a US judge gave the green light for the prince to face a civil suit for sexual assault.
Buckingham’s statement notes that “With the approval and agreement of the Queen, the military affiliations and royal patronages of the Duke of York have been returned to the Queen.”
The dramatic decision of the 95-year-old monarch came hours after More than 150 military veterans wrote to ask him to strip Andres of his honorary military duties amid what they described as their “upset and anger.”
Writing to him in his capacity as head of state and commander-in-chief of the army, navy, and air force, the open letter from former members of each of the services said it was “untenable” that the Duke of York retain his position.
“If this were any other high-ranking military officer, it is inconceivable that he would still be in office,” they say in a letter sent the day after a Manhattan judge rejected Prince Andrew’s efforts to dismiss the sexual assault lawsuit. of Virginia Giuffre against him. The Duke denies the accusations against him.
The palace had previously said that the duke’s military appointments were on hold after he resigned from his public duties in 2019. But he still retains the roles, putting eight British regiments on hold, including the Grenadier Guards, where he held the title of colonel.
His other British honorary military titles are: Honorary Air Commodore RAF Lossiemouth; Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment; Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps; Commodore in Chief of the Fleet Air Arm; Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers; Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) and Royal Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The veterans added in their letter: “Officers in the British armed forces must adhere to the highest standards of probity, honesty and honorable conduct.
“These are standards that Prince Andrew has not met. It’s hard not to see, when senior officers describe him as ‘toxic’, which has brought the services with which it is associated into disrepute.
“Therefore, we ask that you take immediate steps to strip Prince Andrew of all his military ranks and titles, and, if necessary, be dishonorably discharged”.
The letter concludes with a direct and personal request to the queen, who has long been reported to regard Andrew as her “favorite” son. “We understand that he is your son, but we are writing to you in your capacity as head of state and commander-in-chief of the army, navy and air force. These steps could have been taken at any time in the last 11 years. Please don’t let this continue.”
AFP and DPA Agencies