Prince Andrew ‘only person’ who thought he had chance of returning to duties

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The Duke of York, 61, failed this week in his bid to have a civil sexual assault case brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre thrown out. Instead, US Judge Lewis A Kaplan decided it will go to trial. Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son after accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions when she was 17 and claiming she was trafficked to him by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew vigorously denies the accusations against him.

He has repeatedly claimed he has no memory of ever meeting Ms Giuffre.

Andrew’s accuser scored a major legal victory this week as US judge Lewis A Kaplan ruled that her case against Andrew could proceed to trial.

Following the ruling in New York, the Duke was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages.

The honours have reverted to the Queen, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement yesterday.

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Andrew will also stop using his HRH title.

A spokesperson said: “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Although Andrew stepped down from his royal duties in 2019, the royal still thought he could return to a frontline role in the future, Russell Myers has claimed.

The Daily Mirror royal editor was speaking last week on an episode of royal podcast ‘Pod Save The Queen’, hosted by Zoe Forsey.

The journalist said: “His reputation is absolutely in the gutter.

“He must be the only person on this planet who believes that he has any chance of returning to frontline duties.

“And I think from speaking to people close to him, that he still believes that there is a way back.”

Mr Myers added that, amid the prospect of Andrew facing trial later this year, he is very unlikely to feature in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Her Majesty, the longest-serving monarch in British royal history, will mark 70 years on the throne in June.

Speaking about the idea of Andrew’s return to royal duties, Mr Myers said: “At 61 years old, having this rumbled on for more than two years, it would be absolutely extraordinary for him to have any way back.

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“We’re certainly not going to be seeing him anywhere near the Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the course of the next 12 months.”

Andrew was one of the key royals for the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for her 60-year reign back in 2012.

The Duke of York attended a thanksgiving service for Her Majesty at St Paul’s Cathedral alongside other senior royals.

The royal also appeared at a Jubilee garden party for children of personnel from RAF Lossiemouth.

The Duke took part in activities with the youngsters in his role as Honorary Air Commodore at Lossiemouth.

That military title is among the honours that have now been stripped from Andrew and returned to Her Majesty.

The Queen’s son served for 22 years in the Royal Navy and as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.

Among the other titles and patronages the Duke has lost is his role as the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards – one the British Army’s most senior regiments.

Andrew announced he would step down from his public duties soon after the interview about his relationship with Epstein on BBC Newsnight in 2019.

The Duke’s conversation with Emily Maitlis sparked furious backlash, with several organisations and companies the royal had links to distancing themselves from him.

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