Queen may take titles away from Duke as ‘last resort’ as Royal orders sexual abuse trial

Andrew ‘finished’ as royal member and at risk of losing military honors, expert says

PRINCE Andrew is “finished” as an active royal and will likely lose all military honors amid his legal battle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an expert has said.

The Duke of York will be on trial over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17 after a U.S. judge today ruled her civil lawsuit can be continued.

Judge Lewis A Kaplan’s ruling is a blow to Andrew, whose lawyers argued earlier this month that the case should be dismissed. Lawyers for the Duke had said Virginia’s civil lawsuit should be dropped based on a previous $ 500,000 (£ 371,000) deal she signed with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009.

But David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s attorney, said only the parties to the settlement agreement – Epstein and Ms Giuffre and their associates – could benefit, and not a “third party” like Andrew.

Today, Judge Lewis A Kaplan agreed and said Prince Andrew’s request was “dismissed in all respects”. And according to experts, the outcome is “very bad news” for the prince, who will likely lose his military honors as a result.

Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “Obviously that won’t do anything to help his reputation, I think he ended up as an active royal.

“It has been suggested that he would try to come back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events, but that won’t turn out for him as it does. It wouldn’t surprise me if, over time, he lost his sponsorships. military. ”