Three Canadian regiments have been left with no patron after the Queen on Thursday stripped Prince Andrew of all his navy titles and royal patronages.
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 have confirmed that these titles have now been “relinquished” by the prince, the Queen’s second oldest son.
The transfer follows a U.S. district choose’s refusal Wednesday to dismiss a civil case towards Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, who sued him in August, saying she was coerced into sexual encounters with him when she was 17 in 2001 by the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Epstein died by suicide at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking fees. Maxwell was convicted late final yr of luring teenage women to be sexually abused Epstein.
Royal skilled Richard Berthelsen, a former adviser to previous lieutenant-governors and governors basic in Canada, says the Queen’s resolution places an finish to 2 years of uncertainty for the three Canadian regiments.
Private organizations in Canada — together with Lakefield College School, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the Maple Bay Yacht Club and the SickKids Foundation — that had as soon as sought the prince’s patronage severed their ties with him in 2019 when he stepped other than all public duties amid the intercourse trafficking scandal.
But till now, Berthelsen says the navy regiments’ fingers had been tied; they may not unilaterally dissociate themselves from Prince Andrew and as a substitute needed to await his honorary titles to be withdrawn by the Queen or the prince himself.