Prince Andrew will be allowed to KEEP the rest of his royal titles despite being furious after settling with Virginia Roberts.
- Prince Andrew faces calls to regain or lose Duke of York title
- The Queen’s son settled his sexual assault case with Virginia Roberts in New York this week.
- He will remain a duke and can technically replace the queen if she falls ill.
Prince Andrew will be allowed to keep his remaining titles despite calls to strip him of them after the sexual assault dispute is settled.
After a multi-million dollar payout to US prosecutor Virginia Roberts, the prince faced demands for the return or loss of the Dukedom of York, his rank of Vice Admiral in the Navy and his royal role as Counselor of State.
Andrew was forced to return his military titles and royal patronage to the Queen last month and has had to fight Ms. Roberts’ accusations of being a “private citizen”.
It emerged yesterday that, despite York Labor MP Rachel Maskell’s calls for the prince to cut his connection to the city, he would be allowed to keep the remaining honors.
Sources at Buckingham Palace and the Department of Defense said they have no plans to revise the names.
Prince Andrew was forced to return his military titles and royal patronage to the Queen last month and has had to contend with accusations of Ms Roberts as a “private citizen”. (Pictured: Andrew in his naval uniform celebrating the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar on October 23, 2005)
For now, Andrew will remain one of four state councilors who can temporarily replace the Queen on official duties if she falls ill or is abroad.
The other three are Charles, William and Harry, meaning that two of the four current state councilors are no longer members of the royal family.
Asked about Andrew’s remaining military rank, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said yesterday it was a matter for the Palace.
Unlike Andrew’s honorary positions, his rank of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy was linked to his military career, which meant he was allowed to retain that title when he was stripped of others.