“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the breaking statement said.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The major announcement comes just one day after a federal judge in New York denied Andrew’s motion that the civil case against him be dropped.
The case was filed by Virginia Giuffre, who accused the royal of having sex with her when she was 17 — and therefore a minor — in 2001.
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