The Duke of York handed back all royal patronages and military appointments to the Queen last week. His rationale in doing so was that he could then defend the civil case brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre “as a private citizen”. The Duke of York emphatically denies allegations that he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre in 2001, when she was 17.
A source close to the Duke said he would “continue to defend himself” against the case brought in New York by Virginia Giuffre.
A close associate of Andrew spoke to The Times and said the Duke of York is more likely to have his royal patronages restored if he wins a legal case against him while the Queen is still alive.
However, the source stated that it would be a different matter if the Duke of York’s brother, the Prince of Wales, ascended to the throne.
On January 13 the Duke of York’s military titles and royal patronages were returned to the Queen.
Prince Andrew has stated he will now stop using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The news comes after it was revealed the Queen once had to step in to resolve a row between Prince Andrew and his brother Prince Charles.
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The row concerned a bathroom at Sandringham that was reserved for Prince Charles.
It was claimed by Janette McGowan, a former Buckingham Palace maid, that the Duke of York refused to remove his toiletries from the bathroom at Sandringham intended for his older brother.
The maid said the row, which took place at Christmas in 1999, was only resolved when the Queen intervened and spoke to Prince Andrew.
Ms McGowan told The Sun: “We were told not to move anything and not to touch anything in that bathroom because there was an ‘ongoing situation’.”
The announcement by Buckingham Palace means Andrew has lost military titles including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which is one of the most senior infantry regiments in the British Army.
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The other UK military titles he no longer has include:
Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth
Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment
Colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps
Colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own)
Colonel-in-chief of the Yorkshire Regiment
Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm
Royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
Royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.