CAUSE Andrew will not be shielded by the Royal Family while he fights his sex abuse lawsuit as a ‘private citizen’.
The Duke of York, 61 years old, today is stripped of his royal title and military honor after a duel with the Queen.
Military branches and royal patronage were returned to the Queen immediately after he was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17 years old.
The duke will no longer be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ – and will face lawsuit in the US as a “private citizen” which means he cannot hide behind royal prerogatives.
Former assistant US attorney, US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Richard Signorelli told The Sun: “The stripping of his titles makes a lot of sense because it shows he’s not supported by a very important person in his life.
“It will send him a signal and a message that he is fighting these serious charges on his own.
“He should seriously consider settling with the plaintiff before the case progresses further.”
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Mr Signorelli added: “The stripping of his titles also shows the seriousness of the charges.
“Individuals accused of sex crimes are treated differently and harshly within the criminal justice system. Often defendants are ostracized from normal social relationships”.
“The American justice system is well aware that defendants convicted of sex crimes involving minors are considered the lowest form of crime.”
Although Mr. Signorelli stressed that Andrew has not yet been charged and must be presumed innocent until proven to the contrary.
Miss Giuffre, now 38 years old, claims she was forced to have sex with the prince three times between 1999 and 2002 – in London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.
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She alleges she was trafficked for sex with Andrew by multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his former lover Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Andrew’s lawyers sought to convince the court that Ms Giuffre gave up her right to sue him when she signed a £370,000 ($500,000) legal settlement with Epstein.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams also said he thought Andrew’s removal of the royal title was “inevitable”.
He told The Sun: “You have to make sure this lawsuit has as limited impact on the Royal Family as possible and the only way to do that is to strip him of his titles.”
Mr. Fitzwilliams added: “This severing has had to happen. There was a long line of controversy. The Royal Family is valued but Andrew is not.
“He’s an embarrassment in many ways.”
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- Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his military ranks
- He won’t be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity anymore
- He was informed of the decision during a face-to-face meeting with His Majesty
- The decision was approved by the Queen – but discussed ‘broadly with the Royal Family’
- Andrew cannot ‘hide behind’ his royal privileges and is fighting a sex abuse lawsuit ‘as a private citizen’
- He will not perform any public duties, the Palace confirmed
- Prince Andrew’s old titles will be distributed to other members of the royal family
Although Mr. Fitzwilliams thinks it is very unlikely that the case will go to court and Andrew will reach a settlement.
A source close to the Duke said: “Given the forcefulness Judge Kaplan has used to base our arguments, we are not surprised by this ruling. However, it is not a judgment based on Ms. Giuffre’s allegations.
“This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”
Buckingham Palace said in a statement tonight: “With the Queen’s approval and consent, the military branches of the Duke of York and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue to not perform any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
According to a royal source, in time, his titles will be redistributed to other family members.
He will also lose his official royal title – which means he can no longer consider himself a Prince.
And Andrew will pay £10m from the sale of his Swiss chalet in an out-of-court settlement with Giuffre’s accuser, The Sun newspaper today reported.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8202469/prince-andrew-not-hide-queen-virginia-roberts-lawsuit/ Prince Andrew will NOT be able to hide behind the Royal Family while he battles sex abuse lawsuit as a ‘private citizen’