Prince Andrew news – live: Charles brushes off questions that he forced duke out as Giuffre speaks out

Queen strips Prince Andrew of military titles after sex assault case sent to trial

Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles and will defend a civil sexual assault lawsuit as a “private citizen”, Buckingham Palace announced.

The Duke of York has returned his military appointments and patronages “with the Queen’s approval and agreement” and will no longer be known as His Royal Highness.

On Friday, Prince Charles brushed aside questions about Andrew’s exile from the royal family during a public appearance in Scotland.

Charles and William had been “instrumental” in the the decision and urged the Queen to remove him, according to the Daily Mail.

The decision to demote Prince Andrew came after he failed bid to convince a judge to dismiss a civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre in a federal court in New York.

Ms Giuffre alleges that she was forced to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein’s friends – including the Duke of York – when she was 17. Prince Andrew strongly denies the allegations against him. 

Meanwhile, The Times reports that Andrew’s legal team could hear as soon as this weekend whether Sarah Ferguson and Prince Beatrice will face questioning from Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.

Ms Giuffre has said a trial would be “a chance to expose the truth”.

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Prince Charles ignores questions about scandal engulfing Duke of York

Prince Charles declined to comment about the Duke of York’s exile from the royal family during a public appearance in Scotland on Friday.

Charles was reportedly “instrumental” in convincing the Queen to effectively cast his brother Andrew out of the royal family and strip him of his military titles.

A Sky News reporter asked Charles about the scandal engulfing his brother Andrew as he visited the Haddo Estate in Aberdeenshire, which was hit by tropical cyclone Storm Arwen late last year.

“Can I ask your view on your brother’s position?”  correspondent James Matthews asked.

Charles offered no response, instead continuing to speak to residents who had been impacted by the storm.

Meanwhile, The Times reports that Andrew’s legal team could hear as soon as this weekend whether Sarah Ferguson and Prince Beatrice will face questioning from Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.

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The Prince of Wales visited the Haddo Estate in Aberdeenshire to see the damage caused by Storm Arwen on Friday

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The Prince of Wales visited the Haddo Estate in Aberdeenshire to see the damage caused by Storm Arwen on Friday

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Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 17:19

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Ghislaine Maxwell no longer fighting to keep names sealed from Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit

Ghislaine Maxwell is no longer fighting to hide information – including eight names – from Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against her, her lawyers say.

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre, who has accused Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her, have long fought to unseal the names of eight “John Does” mentioned in their 2015 civil lawsuit. Maxwell’s attorneys pushed back, but on Thursday they appeared to give up the fight.

The Independent’s Nathan Place has more.

Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 16:45

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The threads of privilege and disgrace that connect Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew

“Britain’s two most powerful institutions are teetering — and the reason should be obvious for all to see,” writes chief US correspondent Andrew Buncombe for Independent Voices.

“There is nothing that connects Boris Johnson to the alleged assault upon Giuffre, or indeed anything to connect Andrew to the prime minister’s apparent breach of Covid lockdown rules.

“Except, perhaps, in the manner in which they responded to the claims once they were made.”

Read the full story here.

Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 16:30

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Virginia Giuffre says Prince Andrew sex assault trial ‘a chance to expose the truth’

Virginia Giuffre has said that the Prince Andrew sex assault trial will be “a chance to expose the truth” after a US judge allowed her case against the Queen’s son to proceed.

Her first comments on a federal judge’s decision to deny Andrews motion to dismiss her lawsuit comes after his military titles and royal patronages were stripped off by the Queen.

Ms Giuffre addressed the matter in a string of tweets on Thursday night, saying she was “pleased” that the case would move to trial.

“I’m pleased with Judge Kaplan’s ruling yesterday that allows my case against Prince Andrew to go forward. I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth & I am deeply grateful to my extraordinary legal team,” she wrote on Twitter.

Graeme Massie has the full story.

Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 16:11

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Minister refuses to say if Prince Andrew will lose his taxpayer-funded security

UK Security Minister Damian Hinds has refused to confirm whether British taxpayers will continue to pay for Prince Andrew’s personal security detail.

Andrew, 61, was stripped of his military titles, can no longer call himself His Royal Highness, and will fight a civil sexual assault case as a “private citizen”, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.

Speaking on LBC talk radio, Mr Hinds said: “Our security forces, the police and others, do what they judge is necessary to protect our country, to protect people in it.”

He said it was a long-standing principle that the Government did not release details about the protection of public figures.

When pressed by host Nick Ferrari, he said: “I know this is going to come across to you possibly, and possibly to some listeners, like me obfuscating and avoiding the question, and I suppose maybe even in some ways it is avoiding the question, but only because it is right to say that the police and our wider security forces do what is right and proportionate to protect the people of this country.

“And we don’t publicise exactly what that covers.”

In an interview in 2021, Prince Harry revealed he lost his publicly-funded security team when he and Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties the previous year.

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Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles

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Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles

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Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 15:30

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‘This association with York must end’: Calls for Prince Andrew to be stripped of duke title

Prince Andrew is facing a mounting calls that he should be stripped of his Duke of York title from political leaders in the city.

York Central MP Rachel Maskell said it was “untenable” for Andrew to “cling onto his title another day longer”.

“There’s a very serious allegation made against this man of privilege & entitlement. I’m working with agencies to tackle sexual violence & misogyny,” adding the hashtag #NotInYorksName.

Andrew, 61, was relieved of his military titles and patronages on Thursday and will no longer be called His Royal Highness.

Virginia Giuffre has taken a civil sexual assault lawsuit in the United States alleging she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and ordered to have sex with the duke when she was 17 years old.

Andrew denies the allegations.

Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 15:15

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Virginia Giuffre says Prince Andrew sex assault trial ‘a chance to expose the truth’

Virginia Giuffre has said that the Prince Andrew sex assault trial will be “a chance to expose the truth” after a US judge allowed her case against the Queen’s son to proceed.

Her first comments on a federal judge’s decision to deny Andrews motion to dismiss her lawsuit comes after his military titles and royal patronages were stripped off by the Queen.

Ms Giuffre addressed the matter in a string of tweets on Thursday night, saying she was “pleased” that the case would move to trial.

“I’m pleased with Judge Kaplan’s ruling yesterday that allows my case against Prince Andrew to go forward. I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth & I am deeply grateful to my extraordinary legal team,” she wrote on Twitter.

Graeme Massie has the full story.

Bevan Hurley14 January 2022 14:44

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Army figures tell of ‘widespread relief’ as Andrew stripped of titles, report says

Military chiefs have reacted to the news that Prince Andrew has been stripped of his honorary titles.

A former Chief of the General Staff spoke to the Daily Mail on the condition of anonymity of the “widespread relief” across the Army, adding: “It was the right move at the right time and undoubtedly senior officers will be breathing a sign of relief. Her Majesty acted appropriately”.

Rear Admiral Chris Parry, who flew with Andrew, said: “This was an expected development. He is a former colleague and a veteran, so it is shocking, particularly for those who served in the South Atlantic, that it has come to this.”

He added: “At any time one should not speak ill of a comrade.”

Tobias Ellwood MP, chairman of the Commons defence committee, said: “It was important Prince Andrew’s problems didn’t bleed over into these regiments and units. I think it was necessary to protect these organisations.”

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 14:01

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ICYMI: Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson may be questioned in Andrew’s court case

Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah Ferguson could face questioning as part of Prince Andrew’s sexual assault case, it has been reported.

Andrew’s legal team has been asked to supply evidence to support his claims that he took Princess Beatrice to a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking, Surrey, on the night Ms Giuffre alleges he had sex with her.

Both Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson could face questioning about that evening and the following days.

Read the full story from Thomas Kingsley here:

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 13:01

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What’s next for the Queen’s favourite son?

As Prince Andrew now faces a life outside the royal family, stripped of his military roles and his titles, what’s next for him and his family?

Chief US correspondent Andrew Buncombe reports on how this current saga might affect the royals.

Read here:

Holly Bancroft14 January 2022 12:40

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