FILE - Prince Andrew of England on August 11, 2021. Andres will face a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse after a US judge rejected a motion by his legal team to dismiss the lawsuit, it was reported Wednesday, January 12, 2022. (Neil Hall / PA via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) – Buckingham Palace said Thursday that Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronages were returned to Queen Elizabeth II with her “approval and agreement.”

The palace’s declaration came after more than 150 navy and army veterans wrote to the queen asking her to strip Andres of all his military ranks and titles amid ongoing legal problems for the prince, who is involved. in a sexual abuse lawsuit in the United States.

“With the approval and agreement of the queen, the Duke of York’s military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Duke of York will continue not to assume any public function and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

A judge in the United States on Wednesday refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit against Andrés by an American woman, Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that the prince sexually abused her when she was 17 years old.

Federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected an argument by Andrés’ attorneys that Giuffre’s lawsuit should be dismissed because of an old legal agreement she had reached with Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who, according to the plaintiff, arranged sexual encounters with him. the prince.

He stressed that he was not commenting on the truth of the allegations.

Andrés’ lawyers have said that he never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre and that “he unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him.”

FILE – Prince Andrew of England on August 11, 2021. Andres will face a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse after a US judge rejected a motion by his legal team to dismiss the lawsuit, it was reported Wednesday, January 12, 2022. (Neil Hall / PA via AP, File)

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