As the civil court battle with Virginia Giuffre continues to batter his reputation, the Duke of York lost his title as the Grenadier Guard’s honorary colonel along with his other military affiliations. The regiment’s ceremonial commander Roly Walker has since confirmed the position had “returned to Her Majesty with immediate effect”.
In an email sent to troops and seen by the Daily Mail, Lieutenant General Walker wrote: “I am sure you will offer a personal ‘Three Cheers’ for the colonel, an appointment she first held in 1942, 80 years to the day on February 24 this year.”
He added: “Buckingham Palace have informed me that in due course the colonelcy, along with the duke’s other titles and affiliations, will be reallocated to another member of the Royal Family.”
He added that he would write to Andrew “to thank him for his time as colonel”.
Andrew, 61, took over the role from his father, Prince Philip, when he retired from public life in 2017.
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The prince is currently being sued through a US civil court for unspecified damages by Ms Giuffre.
Andrew has always vehemently denied all the allegations against him but stepped back from public life in 2019 following a disastrous BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.
The title was one of the few he clung on to following that interview.
But after former soldiers revealed unease at the “unsatisfactory” state of affairs, it appears that Andrew’s reputation was too damaged to continue in the role.
Speaking before the news emerged, Julian Perreira, a three-time veteran of Afghanistan, said: “Being allowed to retain his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards and other military titles, Prince Andrew will put a stain on the regiment’s proud history.
“He must step down immediately.”
The revelations came on the same day that York Racecourse confirmed that it will rebrand one of its most historic events, the Duke of York Stakes.
The six-furlong sprint was first staged in 1895 and derives its name from Prince George, Duke of York, who became King George V.
James Brennan, the racecourse’s head of marketing and sponsorship, said: “It has never been directly about Prince Andrew.
“However, we are going to explore how we can make the name a lot clearer about its history – and that the name refers to an entirely different Duke of York.”