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Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will retain her royal title

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Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will retain her royal title.

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Sarah has continued to use the title Sarah, Duchess of York, despite her divorce from Andrew in 1996 and although her military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, Sarah is not expected to cease. to be called a duchess.

A source told the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential column: “It’s been his title since the divorce and that’s how it will stay.

“Andrew is still the Duke of York so that’s no problem.”

It was revealed this week that the 61-year-old prince will no longer use “His Royal Highness” in an official capacity and that his roles will be given to other members of the royal family.

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

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

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It comes after it was confirmed Prince Andrew will face a civil case in the US over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when he was 17.

A federal court judge in New York has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre can go ahead.

Giuffre has accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – who died by suicide in August 2019 – and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of arranging and forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17.

Giuffre claims his alleged abuse by the couple involved being loaned out to powerful men.

In December, Maxwell was found guilty by a jury in US federal court of five counts related to sex trafficking, which carry a custodial sentence of up to 65 years in prison.

Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s allegations and his legal team recently argued for his lawsuit to be thrown out, citing a 2009 settlement and $500,000 settlement she agreed to with Epstein.

However, the New York judge recently ruled that the case could proceed.