Queen Elizabeth strips Prince Andrew’s remaining royal affiliations as he fights Epstein accuser suit as private citizen

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual birthday parade on June 8, 2019.

Queen Elizabeth II stripped Prince Andrew of his military affiliations and royal patronages as he fights a New York lawsuit that accuses him of sexually abusing a girl while she was in his thrall.

According to a royal source, Andrew will no longer use the style " His Royal Highness" in any official capacity.

The news agency reported that Andrew's official roles will be handed to other members of the royal family.

Buckingham Palace said that the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.

The Duke of York will not be doing any public work and will be defending this case as a private citizen.

The announcement came just hours after more than 150 veterans of the Royal Navy, Air Force and Army wrote a letter to the queen calling for her to strip her second son of all his titles.

Andrew had fallen short of the military's highest standards of integrity, honesty and conduct, according to the letter.

The letter said that he has brought the services he is associated with into disrepute.

Virginia Giuffre claims in her lawsuit that she had sex with the prince several times at the direction of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently convicted of procuring other teenage girls to be sexually abused by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew denied Giuffre's allegations and said he did not recall ever meeting her.

Andrew asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. The Duke of York's lawyers argued that the civil settlement that was reached with Giuffre in 2008 prevented her from suing Andrew or others who allegedly abused her.