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Queen Strips Prince Andrew of Military Titles and Royal Patronages

  • Duke of York can no longer be called His Royal Highness
  • Andrew faces civil case in US over claims of sexual abuse
Prince Andrew
Prince AndrewPhotographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II stripped her son Prince Andrew of all his military titles and royal patronages as he prepares to face a civil case over claims of sexual assault, saying he must defend himself as a private citizen. 

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace, which said the third of her four children will continue not to undertake any public duties. Andrew will also no longer use the style His Royal Highness, or HRH, in any official capacity, a person familiar with the matter said