The dark secrets of the British royal family
Prince Andrew stripped of his military titles and charities amid sexual abuse lawsuit
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Prince Andrew's alleged involvement with the accused sex-trafficker and abuser Jeffrey Epstein is one of the most shameful scandals ever to embroil the British royal family. A woman called Virginia Giuffre was one of Epstein's most outspoken accusers, and she's coming after Prince Andrew as well. Giuffre claims that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew at Jeffrey Epstein's home when she was 17 years old and was abused by him on two other occasions. She filed a lawsuit against the royal in the US in August of 2021.
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied Giuffre's allegations and attempted to have the case thrown out. His legal team launched a campaign to have the suit dismissed but their efforts failed. On January 12, the judge ruled that the case should continue.
Just 48 hours later, Buckingham Palace made an announcement that made it clear the royal family wanted to distance themselves from Prince Andrew and the scandal. The short statement read that Prince Andrew's military affiliations and charities were being "returned to the Queen." This means that he's being stripped of the honors and responsibilities carried by most royals. The statement also said that he will be "defending this case as a private citizen." It was confirmed that he will no longer be allowed to use the title "His Royal Highness."
To learn more about Prince Andrew's ongoing case, as well as some of the other dark secrets of the British royals, click through the gallery.
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