Prince Andrew was "discouraged" by the news that he was losing the support of Buckingham Palace. This is reported by the Mirror with reference to a source close to a member of the Royal Family.
Nevertheless, the source of the publication reports that Andrew is determined to defend his position, even without royal patronage as a civilian.
On January 13, the Buckingham Palace press service reported that Elizabeth II approved the deprivation of the 61-year-old prince of honorary military ranks. The Prince is also prohibited from using the title "His Royal Highness". According to The Sun, the heir to the throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William were behind the monarch's decision.
The statement followed the refusal of a court in New York to grant the prince's request to dismiss a lawsuit against him from human rights activist Virginia Gruffer, who accuses him of rape. Gruffer accuses Prince Andrew of three counts of rape. The first time she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the prince in the London mansion of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the second case occurred in the mansion of financier Jeffrey Epstein, the third вЂ” on his private island. The plaintiff stressed that she was 17 years old at the time of the alleged crime.