Queen ‘certainly will not’ strip Prince Andrew from his Duke of York title

Andrew was given the title by Her Majesty in 1986

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The Queen will not strip Prince Andrew from his Duke of York title, a royal source has said.

Andrew, who reached an out-of-court settlement in a civil sex claim in February, was given the Duke Of York title by Her Majesty in 1986.

But the source said the Queen won’t be removing the Duke of York name or any other titles.

They said: “The Queen certainly will not take any further action in that regard (of removing his titles).

“The Duke of York has stepped back from public life and already had a range of titles and associations removed and Her Majesty’s position has not deviated from that,” the source told the Mirror.

Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew
The Queen will not remove Andrew's Duke of York title, sources have said
The Queen will not remove Andrew's Duke of York title, sources have said

This comes after York City Council voted to remove Prince Andrew’s freedom of the city during a meeting earlier this week.

The title was presented to Andrew back in February 1987 as a wedding gift.

And now current York councillors have voted to remove the title, while also calling for the Duke of York title to be removed.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities, and proposer of the motion said: “The Honorary Freedom of York is the highest honour we, as a city, can bestow on those who represent the very best of York.

“The honour is held by many notable and accomplished people who carry it with pride and responsibly.

“Having been stripped of his military roles and royal patronages by the Queen, we believe that it is right to remove all links that Prince Andrew still has with our great city.

“I was pleased to see councillors of all parties support this motion and make it clear that it is no longer appropriate for Prince Andrew to represent York and its residents.

“The removal of this honorary title sends the right message that we as a city stand with victims of abuse. The next logical step is now for Prince Andrew to do the right thing and relinquish his Duke of York title.

“If he fails to do so, the Government and Buckingham Palace must step in to remove his title to finally end Prince Andrew’s connection to York.”