Queen Elizabeth has taken the extraordinary step of effectively stripping scandal-plagued Prince Andrew of his ‘His Royal Highness’ title, along with removing his military associations and royal patronages as he fights a civil sexual assault lawsuit.
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement Thursday. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending the case as a private citizen.”
Although the statement did not specify it, Andrew will no longer use the HRH title, sources confirmed to The Daily Beast.
A source close to Andrew told The Daily Beast that the changes had been made with the agreement of Andrew, rather than being “imposed” from the top.
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