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Prince Andrew loses military titles over threat of sexual assault trial

Prince Andrew loses military titles over threat of sexual assault trial

Prince Andrew lost his military titles on January 13 amid a growing threat of a civil lawsuit in the United States over charges of sexual assault brought against him. The facts would date from 2001.

Under the threat of a civil trial in the United States for sexual assault, Prince Andrew, Elizabeth II’s second son, lost his military titles, sinking into disgrace caused by the increasingly Epstein affair. more embarrassing for the British monarchy.

The resounding announcement of Buckingham Palace on January 13 comes the day after the rejection in New York of Prince Andrew’s appeals to try to defeat the civil complaint in New York of an American who accuses him of sexual assault in 2001, when she was 17. Prince Andrew vigorously disputes these accusations.

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

The prince will continue to no longer perform his public functions

The prince “will continue not to assume public functions and is defending himself in this case as a private citizen”, specifies Buckingham, suggesting that the queen would not finance his legal fees.

The Duke of York will also no longer use the name of “royal highness” in an official capacity, said a royal source.

Prince Andrew has withdrawn from public life since his disastrous BBC interview in the fall of 2019, where he claimed to have no memory of meeting Virginia Giuffre and defending his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanged in jail.

On January 13, more than 150 ‘angry’ former members of the British Army asked the Queen to withdraw his military titles from the former helicopter pilot during the Falklands War (1982), who spent 22 years in the Navy.

In this letter published by the group opposed to the Republic monarchy, the signatories criticize the prince for having failed to meet the criteria of “probity, honesty and honorable behavior” which fall to the British military.

The plaintiff, Virginia Giuffre, claims to have been delivered to the prince by Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the queen’s second son, who died in prison in 2019. Unless a successful appeal or agreement is reached here there the trial could be held in the fall.

The prince intends to “continue to defend himself”

A source close to the Duke affirmed that he intends to “continue to defend himself” and underlines that the decision rendered on January 12 by the New York judge does not constitute a “judgment on the merits of the accusations” of Virginia Giuffre. “It’s a marathon and not a sprint,” argued this source.

This affair casts a dark cloud over the British crown, days after the platinum jubilee festivities were announced for the seven decades of Elizabeth II’s reign in June, with parades, concert, pudding competition and additional public holiday.

On January 12, one of Virginia Giuffre’s attorneys, David Boies, told the BBC that his client was not ruling out a deal, but that a simple financial transaction would not be enough.

“It is very important” for her “that this case is resolved in a way which proves her right and which proves the other victims’ right,” he said.

What an embarrassment for a 95-year-old woman to have to question her 61-year-old son about accusations of sexual misconduct

Go to trial, risk revelations and defeat or conclude an agreement that would sound like an admission, for Prince Andrew, “there is no good solution”, declares to AFP Anna Whitelock, historian specializing in the monarchy at City University of London.

And a financial agreement would bring its share of questions on “the origin of this money”, she underlines.

According to the British press, the prince recently settled a dispute over a debt of 6.6 million pounds (nearly 8 million euros), which will allow him to sell a chalet in Switzerland he had acquired in 2014 , for a sum which would amount to 18 million pounds (21 million euros).

In recent months, Prince Andrew has “given the impression of being a running rabbit” or “hiding in his mother’s tartan skirts at Balmoral to avoid the court documents addressed to him,” commented on Thursday. on Sky News former royal columnist Jennie Bond.

“What an embarrassment for a 95-year-old woman to have to question her 61-year-old son about accusations of reprehensible sexual behavior,” continued the former BBC columnist.

Malagigi Boutot

A final year student studying sports and local and world sports news and a good supporter of all sports and Olympic activities and events.

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