Prince Andrew ‘could be stripped of Duke of York title’

Prince Andrew could reportedly be stripped of his official title if he loses a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

The Queen’s third child is fighting a legal case in New York launched by Virgina Giuffre, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew’s long-time friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on five counts relating to sex trafficking earlier this week, one of which directly involved Ms Giuffre.

The jury’s verdict has put Prince Andrew – who strenuously denies all allegations made against him – back in the spotlight. 

A judge in the US has dismissed an attempt by his legal team to stop the case in its tracks over questions surrounding where Ms Giuffre lives, an indication it may well progress to a full trial.

Now royal sources have told The Sunday Times that Andrew could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he is forced to pay damages to his accuser.

An insider said: ‘If he loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.’

One ‘former defence chief’ said: ‘If the case succeeds he must go and that is the correct decision.’

Another source said: ‘Even if Andrew is completely exonerated from any wrongdoing he is now regarded as toxic. It is expected he will do the decent thing and resign.’

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