Prince Andrew returns military affiliations amid sexual abuse case

Britain’s Prince Andrew has returned all of his navy affiliations and patronages a day after a US decide rejected his try to dismiss a sexual abuse case in opposition to him.

Buckingham Palace mentioned in a press release on Friday that the Duke of York returned his navy affiliations and royal patronages to the Queen, “with the Queen’s approval and agreement.”

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the assertion added.

Queen Elizabeth’s third baby is being accused by Virginia Guiffre of sexually abusing her in 2001 when she was 17 and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

She launched the authorized proceedings in opposition to him in August 2020.

Prince Andrew denies the fees and his attorneys sought to dismiss her case arguing that their consumer was protected by a 2009 $500,000 (€442,600) settlement Guiffre made with Epstein that prevented her from suing another “potential defendant”.

But Manhattan District Judge Lewis Kaplan dominated on Wednesday that it was too quickly to determine whether or not Giuffre and Epstein supposed to launch folks like Andrew of their 2009 settlement settlement and that it was additionally untimely to contemplate the prince’s efforts to forged doubt on Giuffre’s accusations, although he can be allowed to take action at a trial.

A previous try to throw out the case on the grounds Guiffre isn’t domiciled within the US had additionally been rejected.

Prince Andrew — the monarch’s second son — withdrew from royal duties following a broadly criticised broadcast interview in late 2019 wherein he mentioned he didn’t recall having met Giuffre.

Epstein killed himself in August 2019 as he awaited trial within the United States on intercourse trafficking prices that did not contain Andrew.

His former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was final month convicted in Manhattan on intercourse trafficking and conspiracy prices associated to a number of ladies after a month-long trial. Giuffre was not one of many alleged victims in that case.


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