The dark secrets of the British royal family
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, stripped of honorary status by the city of York
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Prince Andrew's status as a royal has been reduced bit by bit over the last few years as terrible revelations about his association with convicted sex offender and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein came to light. One of Epstein's most prominent accusers claimed that Prince Andrew had abused her too, and as soon as news broke that he was to be embroiled in a lawsuit she brought against him, an official statement was issued from the House of Windsor. The Queen was stripping Andrew of his honorary military roles and royal patronages that associate him with charities and organizations all over the nation. He is also no longer allowed to use the title "His Royal Highness."
Another blow to Prince Andrew's reputation came on April 27 when the council of York unanimously voted to remove his "freedom of the city." Andrew was named Duke of York by the Queen in 1987, and the city granted him the ceremonial honor of becoming a "freemen" of York that same year. The distinction has existed since medieval times and this is the first time the city has ever chosen to take it back from a recipient. Other honorees include Princess Anne and Dame Judi Dench.
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