Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday relinquished her military title and royal patronage to her son, Prince Andrew, after he decided to pursue a case of civil sexual abuse in the United States. However, he is not the first family member to face severe punishment.
Call for the prince Royal Highness Title Virginia Giffre was fired after giving details of the abuse she suffered at the hands of late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who she claims forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a minor. After the scandal began, Andrew took a step back from royal duties, but after allowing Giuffre to proceed with the civil trial, the Queen eventually removed him from his military title and royal protection, which would allow him to argue as a private citizen. Court
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, York’s military affiliation and royal protections have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to perform any public duties and is defending the case as a private citizen.” Read a statement from Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of York will go to court later this year after a New York judge ruled Wednesday that the case could continue.
Of course, Andrew was not the first member of the royal family to snatch titles from memory. When King Edward wanted to marry the American divorcee Wallace Simpson and was not allowed to play the role, He abdicated his throne And the title that came with it in 1936, leaving the title to her younger brother, King George, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
Edward was the first person to voluntarily renounce, including other examples in the history of forced renunciation, including the Glorious Revolution in 1688, which removed James II and placed Mary II and her husband William III on the throne.
The Queen Mary of Scots was also forced to resign in 1542 in favor of her son, James VI.
In recent memory, Prince Harry was also present Some of his honorary military titles were taken away When it was announced in 2020 that he and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, would resign as senior royal member. Although retaining his HRH titles and remaining as Duke and Duchess of Sussex, based in the United States, Harry lost titles including Captain-General and Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Marines, small ships and diving in. Royal Navy. Meghan also lost the protection of the National Theater.