Prince Andrew lost another ceremonial honor when groups across England severed ties with the royal family over alleged sexual misconduct.
Council in the north of York City on Wednesday night voted unanimously to withdraw the prince’s “freedom of the city”. The honor was given to Andrew in 1987 after Queen Elizabeth II made him Duke of York.
Andrew was the first to be stripped of his status, a purely ceremonial honor dating back to medieval times when “free men” enjoyed special privileges. Honorees include actress Judi Dench and Princess Anne, Andrew’s sister.
Andrew was stripped of his honorary soldier roles in January amid anger surrounding a lawsuit alleging he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and fears the scandal would make polluting the House of Windsor. The Queen also stripped him of his honorary leadership of various charities, known as royal patronages, and forbade him from using the title “royal nobility” in official institutions. awake.
Andrew then settled the case, agreeing to pay the whistleblower an undisclosed sum that the British media had suggested could be up to £12 million (US$15 million). He denies the allegations.
York City Councilor Darryl Smalley said the city was just following the queen’s example in stripping Andrews of his titles.
Smalley told ITV News: “She saw that it was doing serious damage to the reputation of those military organizations and charities, so intervened to remove him from those positions. . “We are very confident and many residents agree with us that we should remove all links between our city and Prince Andrew.”
Smalley and other local leaders argued that Andrew should also lose the title of Duke of York.
“York has a great relationship with the monarchy that goes back hundreds of years. It’s something that we cherish,” he said. “We can’t cherish it while we have Prince Andrew as our most senior royal.”