Updates: 13.01.2022 18:57
LONDON – British Prince Andrew returns military titles and royal patronage to Queen Elizabeth II, announcing Buckingham Palace at twitter. The Duke of York failed in a New York court on Wednesday to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s charge of accusing him of sexual assault.
“The Duke of York has surrendered his military titles and royal patrons with the Queen’s consent. The Duke of York will no longer participate in public activities and in this case defends himself as a private person,” the palace said in a statement. He did not specify the case.
A royal source told Reuters that Andrew would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official events and that his roles would fall to other members of the royal family.
Andrew, 61, the queen’s second-born son, is part of a case involving American financier Jeffrey Epstein, with whom he befriended. Epstein was found dead in a New York prison in 2019, awaiting trial. He committed suicide, according to the investigation. After his death, the attention of the American authorities turned to his long-time British colleague Ghislaine Maxwell, who was found guilty of sexual crimes in December.
Giuffre blames the Duke of York for being sexually assaulted 20 years ago when she was a minor. The prince denies all accusations. His lawyers originally demanded that the lawsuit be rejected, citing Epstein’s agreement with Giuffre in 2009. He paid her $ 500,000 (nearly 11 million crowns) for dropping a similar lawsuit against him. According to the prince’s team, the agreement includes a passage that precludes the prosecution of others.
However, New York Judge Lewis Kaplan denied that Prince Andrew was one of the parties to the settlement and gave the green light to a possible trial.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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