Prince Andrew: Who Is the Duke of York and Why Is He in the News?

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Queen Elizabeth stripped Prince Andrew of his military affiliation and patronage as Buckingham Palace seeks distance from sexual-abuse allegations

What do we know about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein?
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His relationship with Epstein was extensive and went far back. Prince told the British Broadcasting Corp that he was introduced to Epstein in 1999 through British socialite and old friend Ghislaine Maxwell. In 2000, Epstein was a guest at Windsor Castle and the Sandringham royal residence. Prince Andrew says he saw Epstein once or twice a year. The financier was invited to Windsor Castle for the 18th birthday of Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice. Prince Andrew visited Epstein’s private island and his homes in New York and Palm Beach. In 2010, Prince Andrew was photographed with Epstein in New York, after the financier was released from prison for the purchase of a minor for prostitution.

What is Prince Andrew accused of?
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Prince Andrew faces a possible trial in New York this fall. One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew last year, alleging he was forced to have sex with a British royal when she was 17. She alleged that she was abused by the prince in London, New York and Epstein’s privates. island. Prince Andrew has denied all allegations. Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages.

Why was Prince Andrew stripped of his military titles?

Queen Elizabeth is trying to save the British monarchy from any public backlash. On Thursday, Buckingham Palace said Prince Andrew’s military affiliation had been returned to the Queen with her “approval and agreement”. It added that Prince Andrew would defend his case in New York as a private citizen. Buckingham Palace said it “will not continue to do any public work”. The palace also announced that the prince would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness”.

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The decision came shortly after an unsuccessful attempt by Prince’s lawyers to dismiss the court case in New York.

Is this the first time this has happened to a member of the royal family?

Prince Andrew is not the only one to be stripped of the title of “His Royal Highness”, which has been given at the discretion of the Queen. Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson had dropped her HRH title. So did Prince Diana when she divorced Prince Charles. Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan the Duchess of Sussex have agreed not to use their HRH titles after they acrimoniously left the royal firm. Prince Harry was also stripped of his military titles and patronage.

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