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3 Canadian military regiments without royal patron after Prince Andrew was stripped of his titles

Three Canadian regiments found themselves without a patron after the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of all of his military titles and royal patronage on Thursday.

The Duke of York was the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief of three Canadian regiments: the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, the Princess Louise Fusiliers and the Queen’s York Rangers.

Rideau Hall and a spokesperson for the Canadian Armed Forces confirmed that these titles had now been “abandoned” by the Prince, the Queen’s second eldest son.

The move follows a U.S. District Judge’s refusal on Wednesday to dismiss a civil case against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, who sued him in August, claiming she was coerced into sex with him when she was 17 in 2001 by the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Epstein committed suicide at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking. Maxwell was convicted late last year of luring teenage girls to be sexually assaulted by Epstein.

Royal expert Richard Berthelsen, a former adviser to former lieutenant governors and governors general of Canada, said the Queen’s decision ended two years of uncertainty for the three Canadian regiments.

Private organizations in Canada – including Lakefield College School, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the Maple Bay Yacht Club and the SickKids Foundation – that had once sought the Prince’s sponsorship severed ties with him in 2019 when he left. withdrawn from all public office amid sex trafficking scandal.

But until now, Berthelsen says the hands of military regiments have been tied; they could not unilaterally disassociate themselves from Prince Andrew and instead had to wait for his honorary titles to be withdrawn by the Queen or the Prince himself.