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Prince Andrew might lose his ‘Duke of York’ title over New York lawsuit

The Queen, the Duke of York
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Prince Andrew may be forced to stop using his ‘Duke of York’ title if he loses his lawsuit in New York brought on by Virginia Guiffre.

According to the Sunday Times, royal courtiers have discussed the possibility of asking the Duke to stop using his title should Guiffre be successful case against the ninth-in-line to the throne.

The paper goes on to say that the Prince would be forced into a form of “internal exile” with the 61-year-old being forced to cut ties with his remaining charitable links.

A source close to the discussions said: “If he loses the case… what do you do with him?

“You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to out his dukedom into abeyance.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “This is speculation and the comments are without foundation. We would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.”

Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, is taking legal action against Prince Andrew in the US, claiming he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

In her civil case, Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked to London at the age of 17 by financier and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and forced to engage in sexual acts with the prince. She also alleges she was sexually assaulted by him in New York and on a Caribbean island owned by Epstein.

Prince Andrew has consistently and strenuously denied all the allegations. The case continues.