Queen strips Prince Andrew of military titles amid sex abuse case

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The Duke of York is defending the civil lawsuit as a private citizen, Buckingham Palace said tonight (Picture: Reuters; Getty; Rex)

Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, with her approval and agreement.

The Duke of York will continue to not undertake any public duties and will defend a civil lawsuit in the US as a private citizen, Buckingham Palace announced tonight.

It comes after Virginia Giuffre alleged the Queen’s second son sexually abused her on three occasions while she was 17. Andrew has strongly denied the claims.

He hoped the case would be stopped in its tracks after arguing Ms Giuffre signed away her right to sue under the terms of a settlement with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

But it could continue towards a trial after a judge rejected this attempt on Wednesday.

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