Prince Andrew Lawsuit Goes Ahead Despite Epstein Deal

Britain’s Prince Andrew attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following the announcement of Prince Philip, in England, Sunday, April 11, 2021. Britain’s Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that mostly defined his life, died on Friday. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)

(CNN) – Britain’s Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles and charities, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday, a day after a judge ruled a sexual abuse civil lawsuit against the Queen’s son could proceed.

Andrew will also no longer use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity, a royal source told CNN on Thursday. The source said the decision was “widely discussed” among the royal family.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace said in a statement.

The royal source also told CNN that “all of the Duke’s roles have been handed back to the Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other members of the Royal Family. For clarity, they will not return to The Duke of York.”

Prince Andrew’s attempt to have a lawsuit from alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre dismissed failed Wednesday after a federal judge in New York rejected his arguments. The judge rejected Prince Andrew’s claim that a 2009 settlement agreement between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein exempted him from civil litigation. The judge called the agreement “ambiguous” and lacked “clear and precise” drafting.

ABC News Correspondent Aaron Katersky joins The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to explain what will happen next within the lawsuit.

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