Buckingham Palace stated on Thursday that Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles and charities, a day after a court determined that a sexual assault legal complaint against the Queen's son may proceed.
A royal source informed CNN on Thursday that Andrew will no longer use the title "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity. The decision was "widely debated" among the royal family, according to the source.
"The Duke of York's military associations and Royal patronages have been restored to The Queen with The Queen's assent and agreement. The Duke of York will continue to refuse to perform any official functions and is defending himself as a private person in this dispute "In a statement, the palace stated.
CNN cited a royal source saying "With immediate effect, all of the Duke's functions have been returned to the Queen for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family. They will not return to The Duke of York, to be clear."
A New York court denied Andrew's legal team's motion to dismiss a civil case filed by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by convicted banker Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sex acts with the prince when she was 17 years old. Andrew has categorically disputed these allegations.
Andrew's reputation had already been tarnished by the allegations against him, as well as his relationship with the late convicted sex offender Epstein. However, the threat of a public trial that would be broadcast around the world might put Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's third child (and reputedly favored son), in an unusual predicament for a senior British monarch.