UK’s Prince Andrew loses titles, patronages
LONDON: Buckingham Palace has announced that Duke of York Prince Andrew’s “military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.”
In a brief statement issued in January, the Palace said that the 61-year-old Prince Andrew “will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen”, reports Xinhua news agency. The announcement came as Prince Andrew faces a civil case in the US over claims he sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17, which he has consistently denied.
The Duke of York held several honorary military titles following a 22-year service in the Royal Navy, Sky News reported. Andrew is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.