The English city of York sent a strong message to Prince Andrew on Wednesday that they don’t want him as their Duke anymore.
The decision to strip Andrew of the status was unanimous, according to Darryl Smalley, the City of York Council’s executive member for culture, leisure and communities.
“I was pleased to see councillors of all parties support this motion and make it clear that it is no longer appropriate for Prince Andrew to represent York and its residents,” Smalley said. “The removal of this honorary title sends the right message that we as a city stand with victims of abuse.”
But that’s not the end of it. Smalley also thinks the prince should “do the right thing and relinquish his Duke of York title.”
Smalley added, “If he fails to do so, the Government and Buckingham Palace must step in to remove his title to finally end Prince Andrew’s connection to York.”
Neither Buckingham Palace nor Andrew have commented on the city’s decision.
The prince settled his case with Giuffre in February. She claimed disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein had trafficked her to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, according to the Guardian.
The prince has long denied Giuffre’s allegations and made no admission of guilt in the settlement, which has been estimated to be more than $10 million.
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