Queen ‘doesn’t feel need’ to strip Prince Andrew of his military titles

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QUEEN Elizabeth II has not felt the “need to act” with regards to stripping Prince Andrew of his military titles and is unlikely to do so until the pending court case has “reached a conclusion”.

Whilst Prince Andrew has returned his royal patronages and has ceased to represent the Queen on formal engagements, the Duke of York has retained his honorary military titles, despite the ongoing lawsuit filed against him. Royal expert Chris Ship claimed that the Queen has not stripped her son of his military honours as “nothing has been proven” and in line with British law, “anyone is innocent until proven guilty”.

“I don’t have an answer for that, but presumably because actually, Prince Andrew has stepped down pending the conclusion of these court proceedings, and at the moment, as is British law, anyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore nothing has been proven.

“They are just claims and allegations and therefore, the Queen clearly doesn’t feel the need to act or strip him of any of his military titles until such a time that this has reached a conclusion.”

Co-host Lizzie Robinson said: “Prince Andrew stepped back for the foreseeable future when it was announced that he was standing back following that Newsnight interview, so you know, Harry and Meghan, they said that they were not coming back, they were not returning.

“So I think to start stripping him of his titles, would that look like an admission of guilt?”

Prince Andrew has remained Colonel of Grenadiers

Prince Andrew has not been stripped of his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (Image: Getty Images)

Queen has not 'felt the need to act'

Queen does not feel ‘the need to act’ until the outcome of the lawsuit (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Andrew’s military titles include Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a position that the Queen is reportedly keen for him to maintain.

The Sunday Times reported that the Queen had “let it be known” to the regiment that she wishes the Duke of York to continue in this role, which he inherited from his father in 2017.

The paper quoted a senior military source, who said: “The Queen has let it be known to the regiment that she wants the Duke of York to remain as a colonel and the feeling is that nobody wants to do anything that could cause upset to the colonel-in-chief.

“It is a very difficult, unsatisfactory situation.”

He retired from active service in 2001 and in 2015, was promoted to the role of Vice-Admiral.

Buckingham Palace said: “The Grenadiers and all The Duke’s military appointments are in abeyance after he stepped back from royal duties for the foreseeable future in November 2019. This remains the situation.”

Prince Harry was stripped of his military titles following the conclusion of his one-year review period, after he decided to “step back” from royal life in January 2020.

His roles had included Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships and Diving.

The case alleges the prince sexually abused Ms Giuffre at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and in the US Virgin Islands.

Ms Giuffre filed the lawsuit under New York’s Child Victims Act and alleges that the Duke acted in full awareness that “she was a victim of sex trafficking”.

Prince Andrew has consistently denied all allegations made against him.

In November 2019, he told BBC journalist Emily Maitlis: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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