The son of the queen of England is accused of having sex with a minor trafficked by tycoon Jeffrey Epstein
A new stratospheric scandal within the English monarchy is causing a stir around the world, as Prince Andrew, son of Queen Isabel, will be tried on charges of sexual abuse and child trafficking in the United States.
After the lawsuit was issued, Queen Elizabeth II decided to withdraw all his military titles from Prince Andrew, who will be tried in the United States for his alleged involvement in a minor sexual abuse scandal, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.
In a statement issued by the official residence of the British sovereign, the Royal House indicated that “with the approval of the queen and her agreement, the military titles of the Duke of York and his royal patronages have been returned to the queen.”
The palace also announces that “the Duke of York will continue to exercise no public function and will defend his (judicial) case as a private citizen”, and from now on, the son of Isabel II will no longer be able to use the title of “His Royal Highness”. “in no official capacity.
The monarch’s decision comes after some 152 war veterans from this country urged the monarch to withdraw these honors from her son after hearing the judicial verdict on the case.
Veterans of the British naval forces, the air forces and the country’s army had appealed to the sovereign to strip the prince of all her honors in an open letter addressed to Elizabeth II, which was released this Thursday by the anti-monarchist group Republic .
In the letter, these soldiers expressed their “disgust and anger” at the fact that the prince still retained those titles until today, since his position seemed “untenable”.
They also recalled that Andrew’s involvement in the sex scandal had “disturbed” the military services with which he is related, taking into account that “if it were any other veteran military officer (who was in that situation), it is inconceivable keep him in his position.”
An anonymous source close to Andrew told British media that he “will continue to defend himself” against Virginia Giuffre’s accusations.
She that woman has consistently maintained that she was trafficked when she was a minor by millionaire tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, with the help of her “right hand” and ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell, to have sex with the prince.
“Given the harshness with which Judge (Lewis) Kaplan received our arguments, we are not surprised by his ruling,” said the same source close to Andrew after the magistrate rejected all the duke’s defense arguments to have the case filed. .
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