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British Royals

Prince Andrew disappears from social media

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The Duke of York’s official social media accounts have started to disappear.

it’s just a week since a US judge ruled he must face a civil trial over allegations of sexual assault, claims Prince Andrew denies. Within hours of that court decision being made, the prince was removed from all his royal patronages and military appointments, and had to stop using HRH in an official capacity.

Now, Prince Andrew’s Twitter has been removed.

The official account, @TheDukeofYork has gone. Visitors to the profile, where Andrew used to sign off personal tweets with AY, are greeted with a message saying it no longer exists.

Meanwhile, the Duke’s official Instagram, @hrhthedukeofyork, is now a private account. His Facebook page remains online but hasn’t been updated in over two years. A link on there to his official website now takes visitors to a short biography of him on the official Royal Family website.

In the statement announcing that the Duke of York would no longer hold royal patronages, Buckingham Palace said he would defend the civil court case as a ”private citizen”. No further official comment on Prince Andrew has since been made.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.