Prince Andrew POLL: Express.co.uk readers think Duke should lose royal titles

Prince Andrew 'faces strong penalty' over case says host

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Prince Andrew should be forced to give up all his titles according to 87 percent of voters in a poll of 7,811 people held between 2pm August 23 and 2pm August 25. The demand from Britons comes in response to a military figure’s claim that “the Queen has let it be known to the regiment that she wants the Duke of York to remain as colonel.”

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They told The Times: “It is a very difficult, unsatisfactory situation, his position is not tenable or viable.”

Critics of the Prince say that he should not retain any royal titles whilst he is under investigation after allegations of sexual assault.

The Duke denies all accusations and has not yet publicly commented on the latest lawsuit.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, filed a civil lawsuit under the US child victims act 2018, accusing Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.

Ms Giuffre’s legal claim alleges she “was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, [Ghislaine] Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth and authority”.

She also says that the Prince knew she was a sex-trafficking victim and that she has suffered – and continues to suffer – “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”.

Reuters have reported that Prince Andrew has been identified as a “person of interest” for FBI investigations into the Jeffrey Epstein child sex trafficking scandal.

Albert D’Aquino, a New York attorney, said: “I don’t think he will submit to the court’s authority to order him to give a deposition, or to answer questions on which he wishes to demur.”

The Prince has been keeping his head low since his catastrophic BBC interview in November 2020, where he denied accusations of ever meeting Ms Guiffre, after being presented with a photo of the two embracing.

Reports have now emerged that the Duke’s lawyers are likely to reject Ms Giuffre’s court case by saying he had “diplomatic immunity” from being prosecuted because he was a trade envoy at the time that Ms Guiffre claims he sexually assaulted her, according to the Independent.

Royal fans have questioned why Prince Harry has been stripped of his military duties and is no longer allowed to wear military uniform at royal events, but Prince Andrew, who has also stepped down from royal duties, is allowed to retain his titles.

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