Queen ‘won’t strip Prince Andrew of remaining titles’ as pressure mounts

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The Queen will not strip Prince Andrew of his remaining titles despite mounting pressure, according to royal sources.

The monarch, 96, will continue to stand by her son and "certainly will not" force him to give up the Duke of York title that she gave him more than three decades ago.

It comes after councillors voted to remove his 'Freedom of the city of York' honorary position this week, which he received in 1987.

Labour MP for York Central Rachael Maskell previously confirmed that she had met with Commons officials to see whether there was a way to make Andrew step down from his Duke title.

In February, the move gathered momentum after the royal’s £12million out-of-court settlement Virginia Giuffre, who sensationally accused the royal of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 in 2001.

Andrew has denied all allegations made against him related to the Virginia Giuffre case, reports The Mirror.

On Wednesday (April 27), councillors voted overwhelmingly to dump the disgraced Duke and “erase his stain of an association with the city”.

York city representatives announced further calls for Her Majesty to step in and remove her disgraced son’s Duke title and even tell him to stop using the title Prince, bestowed to him at birth.

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However, the Queen alone cannot remove titles of peerage.

Any attempt to remove the title would have to be led by parliament, with a statute passed by both the House of Commons and the Lords.

But Palace insiders remarked how Her Majesty “believes the matter to be settled”.

Speaking to The Mirror, a source said: “The Queen certainly will not take any further action in that regard (of removing his titles).

“The Duke of York has stepped back from public life and already had a range of titles and associations removed and Her Majesty’s position has not deviated from that.”

Andrew was forced to step back permanently from royal duties and stripped of his HRH title, military and royal patronages earlier this year.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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