The British royal family continues to distance itself from the disgraceful conduct of the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. After years of salacious rumors stemming from an association with the late Jeffrey Epstein and a reported out-of-court settlement worth millions of dollars with an alleged Epstein victim, the Prince now finds himself evicted from Buckingham Palace.
The eviction from Buckingham Palace is meant to include the use of office spaces for his dwindling staff as well as being able to use the address for any of his correspondence, the Daily Wire reported.
‘Any presence at the Palace is officially over. ‘The King has made it clear. He isn’t a working royal. He’s on his own,” one source close to the family said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Although the court settlement with Virginia Guiffre did not come with an admission of guilt, Andrew nonetheless finds himself at odds with the rest of the family. He has slowly had titles removed, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards just this past week as well.
The Duke was also stripped of 24-hour protection courtesy of the royal family, worth an estimated $3 million.
Of course, losing access to the famed palace is monumental, so too is the loss of his security detail. Former Home Office minister Norman Baker stated that “armed protection has always been a status symbol for the likes of Prince Andrew.”
“Of course, he should pay it himself and not burden the taxpayer because he is a private individual and carries out no public duties,” Baker said via the Daily Mail.
The Daily Wire noted that the loss of various titles came as a result of the royal family being unable to have Guiffre’s lawsuit dismissed.
Buckingham Palace announced earlier this year that Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages had been returned to the Queen after the royal failed in his last-ditch effort to have the civil case thrown out.
The Duke said in a statement at the time of the civil lawsuit that damaged his reputation he “regrets his association” with Epstein and had agreed to make a “substantial donation” to Giuffre’s charity.
Prince Andrew surprisingly joined his family for the Christmas service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, after pictures surfaced of the Duke walking behind the senior-most royals, including his brother King Charles III and the queen consort, Camilla, Fox News reported.
The Daily Mail also wrote that prior to 2022, Andrew held ten military titles along with the other benefits of belonging to the British Crown. Those titles and affiliations continue to decrease.
Up until this year, he’d kept 10 military affiliations, including colonel of the Grenadier Guards, while he worked to clear his name amid the scandal of his association with US paedophile Jeffery Epstein.
He was finally stripped of the ceremonial title earlier this year in the aftermath of his decision to settle a civil lawsuit with one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, who had also accused him of assault.
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