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Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew Gives Up His Military Titles

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Prince Andrew, 61, will stop using the style “His Royal Highness” in his official capacity, a royal source said.

The day after the U.S. court refused to dismiss the civil suit accusing the prince of sexual assault, Prince Andrew has given up his military titles and sponsorship of associations, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

Prince Andrew has also given up his sponsorship of associations, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, the day after the refusal of the U.S. justice to dismiss the civil complaint that accuses the prince of sexual assault.

“With the Queen’s consent and approval, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal sponsorships have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and is defending himself in this matter as a private citizen,” the palace said in a statement.

The decision comes as he faces a civil suit in the United States over allegations of sexual assault – allegations he has always denied.

A source close to the duke said he would “continue to defend himself” against the suit filed in New York by Virginia Giuffre.

But the source insisted that a judge’s decision Wednesday to pursue the civil action was “not a judgment on the merits of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations.”

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