Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew, has deleted his social media accounts as his legal battle to fight a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in the US continues.
Last week, the Queen had stripped the Duke of York of his honorary military affiliations and royal patronages, and he agreed not to use his royal style HRH in any official capacity. Now, on Tuesday, his Twitter account @thedukeofyork disappeared, and the next day his Facebook and Instagram accounts were also deactivated. Even his YouTube page is no longer accessible.
Additionally, the Royal aides have also updated the official website of the British monarchy as Buckingham Palace seeks to distance itself from the Duke’s legal battle.
The Prince still appears under the section titled Members of the Royal Family, however, the list of his military affiliations and patronages has been removed. His roles will now be shared among other members of the royal family, the Buckingham Palace had announced adding that the decision was made between senior family members.
As per the official website, Andrew’s official duties are listed in the past tense, such as attending trooping the colour and his diamond jubilee tour to India on behalf of the monarch. The website states: “An important part of the Duke of York’s role was to support the Queen’s work as head of state.”