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Prince Andrew loses military affiliations and royal sponsorships in sexual abuse trial

Prince Andrew has renounced his military affiliations and royal sponsorships, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.

The move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him accusing him of sexual abuse.

“With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal sponsorships have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and defend this matter as a private citizen.”

A royal source said Andrew would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity and that his other roles would be divided among other members of the royal family. They wouldn’t go back to Prince Andrew.