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Britain’s Prince Andrew stripped of his military title over allegations of sexual assault

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Prince Andrew holds military titles such as Colonel Grenadier Guard, Guards Infantry Regiment

The British royal family has announced that Queen Elizabeth II has revoked her second son, Prince Andrew (Duke of York, 61), as well as his military title and royal patronage.

According to a royal official, Prince Andrew will not be able to use the title of ‘His/Her Royal Highness’ (HRH) in official positions in the future.

The decision comes as Prince Andrew faces a civil trial for sexual assault in the United States. He has continued to deny the allegations.

A close associate of Prince Andrew said, “[Prince Andrew]will continue to defend himself” in the case brought by Virginia Jupre in the United States District Court in Manhattan, New York.

Regarding the court’s decision to proceed with a civil trial on the 12th (local time), the aide said, “It is not a judgment on the merits of the lawsuit filed by Jupre.”

“With the approval and consent of the Queen, the Duke of York shall be disqualified of his military service and royal patronage,” the British Royal Family said in a statement.

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All of Prince Andrew’s titles were returned to his mother, the Queen.

According to royal officials, all of Prince Andrew’s roles immediately belong to the queen and will be distributed among other members of the royal family. The issue is known to have been widely discussed in the royal family.

Like Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who became independent from the British royal family, Prince Andrew was not completely deprived of the title of ‘Sir,’ but he could not use it for public purposes.

Prince Andrew served 22 years in the Royal Navy and served as a combat helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.

The decision of the British royal family resulted in Prince Andrew losing several military titles, including colonel of the Grenadier Guards, one of the oldest regiments in the British Army.

A number of charities and organizations have cut ties with Prince Andrew as allegations of sexual assault continue. However, he has been a sponsor or member of famous golf clubs, schools, and cultural foundations, and has maintained the status of several royal patrons.

‘Allegations of sexual assault on minors’

Jupre, 38, filed a civil suit against Prince Andrew in August of last year in New York court. Under the New York State Child Victims Act, victims of minor sexual assault can file a lawsuit even after the general statute of limitations has passed.

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Jupre claims that billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein sold him, then 17, into having sex with Prince Andrew.

According to court records, Jupre claimed that he was a victim of prostitution and sexual abuse by billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Jupre has accused him of being sexually abused by handing him over to a man in power.

Jupre claims that Epstein forced him, then 17, to have sex with Prince Andrew. Jupre said that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted him three times in the United Kingdom and the United States, and that he was a minor under US law.

Prince Andrew said in an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019 that he had no memory of meeting Jupre and had “never had sex” with him in the US and UK.

Prince Andrew withdrew from all official activities shortly after the interview. In an interview, he denied Jupre’s allegations and explained that Epstein and his girlfriend, Gilaine Maxwell, were only friends at one time.

Last month, Maxwell was found guilty of aiding Epstein in the sexual exploitation of minors.

David Boyce, who previously defended Jupre, told the BBC that a monetary agreement was not enough, and he wanted Jupre’s disgrace.

Prince Andrew’s lawyers have argued that Jupre’s case should be withdrawn based on an agreement she had with Epstein, who was convicted of sex offenses in 2009.

However, Louis A. Kaplan, a judge in the Manhattan District Court for the New York District, rejected Prince Andrew’s request in a 46-page ruling. The prince’s side requested that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying that the legal basis for the allegations raised was insufficient and that further hearings could not be conducted.

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