Queen Elizabeth strips Prince Andrew of affiliations amid Jeffrey Epstein accuser suit

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Color, the Queen’s annual parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.

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Britain’s Prince Andrew was ousted Thursday by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, from military affiliations and royal sponsorships as he continues to fight a New York lawsuit that accuses him of abusing sexually from a minor while under the influence of sexual criminal Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew, who had been a close friend of Epstein’s, will also no longer use the “HRH” style in any official capacity, according to a royal source, Reuters reported.

The news agency also announced that Andrew’s official roles would be handed over to other members of the royal family.

“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal sponsorships have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and defend this matter as a private citizen.”

The announcement came hours after a letter from more than 150 Royal Navy, Air Force and Army veterans calling on the Queen to strip her second son of all titles and ranks in the armed forces.

The letter said Andrew was “well below” the military’s highest standards for “probity, honesty and honorable conduct.”

“It is hard not to see, as senior officers describe him as ‘toxic’, that he has brought into disrepute the services with which he is associated,” the letter said.

Virginia Giuffre claims in her lawsuit in Manhattan federal court that she had sex with the prince at the age of 17 on several occasions under the guidance of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently convicted in a trial criminal in the same court for causing other underage girls to be sexually assaulted by Epstein.

Andrew denies Giuffre’s claims and said he can’t remember ever meeting her.

A judge on Wednesday dismissed Andrew’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. Lawyers for the Duke of York had argued that a civil settlement Epstein reached with Giuffre in 2008 prevented her from prosecuting Andrew or others who allegedly abused her because of her connections to Epstein.

Epstein, who had also been friends with former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, died in 2019 in Manhattan federal prison awaiting trial on charges of trafficking children for sexual purposes. Authorities ruled that he committed suicide by hanging.

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