What military titles and patronages has Prince Andrew lost? Is he still royal?

Prince Andrew has effectively been removed from all of his dealings as an active royal as he faces a civil sexual assault case in the United States.

The 61-year-old, who is the Queen’s third child and ninth to the British throne, has been stripped of his military affiliations and royal sponsorships.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement the roles have been returned to the Queen. British media report that they will be redistributed to other members of the royal family.

It is the biggest blow to Prince Andrew’s role in the monarchy since November 2019, when he stepped down from royal duties following a disastrous BBC interview.

Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied allegations that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre as a minor and trafficked by late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The palace announcement came a day after Prince Andrew failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against him.

What military titles has Prince Andrew lost?

Prince Andrew has lost all honorary military titles he held in the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

This includes a ceremonial post as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which he succeeded his father Prince Philip in 2017.

However, the BBC reports that he will retain his rank of Vice Admiral.

Prince Andrew in 2001 on his last day as a serving officer in the Royal Navy.(Reuters)

Prince Andrew served in the Royal Navy for two decades and was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War in 1982.

Here are the titles he abandons:

Army

  • Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (United Kingdom)
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment (United Kingdom)
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps (United Kingdom)
  • Yorkshire Regiment Colonel-in-Chief (United Kingdom)
  • Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (United Kingdom)
  • Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers (United Kingdom)
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s York Rangers (Canada)
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers (Canada)
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment

Aviation

  • Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth (United Kingdom)

Marine

  • Chief Commodore of the Fleet Air Arm (United Kingdom)

Prince Andrew stepped down as Admiral of the UK Sea Cadet Corps in 2019.

The Duke of York inspects members of the Sea Cadet Corps during a ceremony.
Prince Andrew has been a Sea Cadet Admiral since 1986, when he stepped down in 2019.(Reuters)

What sponsorships has Prince Andrew made?

All of Prince Andrew’s remaining sponsorships have been returned to the Queen.

The job of a Royal Patron is to advertise a cause or service, with over 3,000 sponsorships held by members of the Royal Family.

In 2018, the Royal Family’s website said Prince Andrew was the patron of more than 200 charities and organizations.

But after his disastrous 2019 BBC interview, in which he denied allegations he had sex with Ms Giuffre, many chose to cut ties with him.

A man and two women stand in a house and look at the camera.
Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre (then Virginia Roberts) and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001.(Provided)

This included elite British organizations including the Royal Marines Children’s Fund, the British Science Association, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Ballet and the London Metropolitan University.

In Australia, Murdoch University, Bond University, University of Wollongong and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology have ended their involvement in Pitch @ Palace, a mentorship program founded by the Prince in 2014.

Today, the royal website lists Prince Andrew as the patron of just over 100 organizations.

However, that may be obsolete, as two Canadian organizations still listed on it have already distanced themselves from it in 2019.

The Sick Kids Foundation reportedly revoked him as a patron in 2019, around the same time his former school, Lakefield College School, revoked him as honorary chairman and trustee.

Is Prince Andrew still His Royal Highness?

British media have reported that Prince Andrew will no longer be called His Royal Highness, or HRH, in official circles.

This title is reserved for members of the royal family and means that they are called “Your Royal Highness”.

While he will retain the title, not being able to use it in public is a deliberate step to sever his bond as an active member of the Royal Family.

In 2020 Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced that they would no longer use their own HRH titles as they stepped down from the Royal Family.

Is Prince Andrew still the Duke of York?

Yes, Prince Andrew has retained his title of Duke of York, for now.

The Queen may need to strip more of her son’s titles and rights, depending on the outcome of Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against him.

Publicly, there has been no announcement that the Queen has changed the money the prince receives to be royal, nor whether he will be forced to leave his royal residence.

It also remains in the order of succession. However, being in ninth place and given the nature of the allegations against him, the prospect of him ever becoming king is almost nil.

The Queen in purple outfit smiles as she receives a gold trophy from her son Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew is said to be the Queen’s favorite child.(Reuters: Toby Melville )

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