Prince Andrew stripped of charity patronages

The titles are expected to be passed to other members of the royal family

Prince Andrew (Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew has been stripped of his charity patronages, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

In a statement, the palace said all of the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages had been returned to the Queen.

They are expected to be passed to other members of the royal family.

According the the palace website, the prince is the patron of more than 100 organisations, many of which are golf or sailing clubs or military organisations, but others are charities, such as the Royal Free Charity, which supports the work of the hospital of the same name in London, the volunteer support charity Attend and the Foundation for Liver Research.

Prince Andrew is also a patron of Sound Seekers, which works to improve the lives of deaf children in Commonwealth countries and, along with other members of the royal family, the Royal Society, which aims to promote excellence in science.

The prince is facing a civil case in the US over claims he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old, which he denies.

A number of charities, including Action on Hearing Loss, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, had already cut ties with the prince after his BBC Newsnight interview about his relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which was broadcast in November 2019.

He announced he would be stepping back from public duties in the wake of the interview.

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