RRepresentatives of the civil society of York, in the north of England, today called for the removal of the title of duke of this city, Prince Andrew, who is accused in the United States of sexually harassing a minor and recently renounced his military titles.
Among the critical voices is Labor MP Rachel Maskell, who, via the social networking site Twitter, found it “unsustainable” that the second son of Queen Elizabeth II continues to bear the title of Duke of York, as it is usually recognized.
“It is unacceptable that the title of Duke of York continues to belong to him for another day – this connection with York must end,” said Maskell, who was elected MP for this region.
For the Labor MP, suspicions of Prince Andrew being accused of rape by Virginia Giuffre when the American citizen was 17 in 2001 are “too serious to have such a privilege”. [de ser duque de York]”.
Maskell also emphasized that part of the Duke’s public responsibilities included working with organizations on issues such as sexual abuse.
Also, a member of the city council of this city, Darryl Smalley, defended the deprivation of the title of Duke of York, one of the most prestigious representatives of the English nobility and traditionally attributed to the second son of the monarch.
The Liberal Democrat politician recalled that while the Duke “remains innocent until proven guilty,” Buckingham Palace and the British government “must weigh the consequences of the worrying allegations.”
“York’s unique connection to the crown and monarchy is an important part of the city’s heritage and history and a great source of pride.”
Prince Andrew, Duke of York has renounced his military titles, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday after a US court refused to dismiss a civil sexual harassment lawsuit against a member of the British royal family.
“With the Queen’s consent and approval, the Duke of York’s military affiliation and royal sponsorship have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will not remain in any public office and will defend himself in this matter as a private individual,” the Palace said in a statement. statement. .
As of 2020, the Duke of York has retired from his official duties and is away from public life.
The British media also reported today a rise in rumors that Prince Andrew has been isolated in the royal family, with the exception of his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, whom he divorced over a quarter of a century ago.
Fergie herself recently stated on Italian television that she remains “100% close” to the Duke of York.
Virginia Giuffre broke her silence on Twitter today to praise a New York judge’s decision to uphold an American’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew.
The plaintiff insisted that the civil suit against the second son of the Queen of England was filed not “out of self-interest”, but “justice”.
“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and should be held accountable,” he said at a time when rumors were circulating in the UK that Prince Andrew intends to settle out of court. settlement agreement to avoid a public trial.
Giuffre claims she was introduced to British royalty Jeffrey Epstein, an American millionaire accused of sex crimes who committed suicide in prison in 2019.
Prince Andrew, 61, vehemently denies the allegations and any inappropriate behavior, arguing he has never met the woman in question and he can still appeal New York Judge Lewis Kaplan’s decision, which dismissed the appeal this week. .
If all appeals are denied and no agreement is reached between the parties, this trial could take place between September and December 2022.
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