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Prince Andrew is stripped of his royal patronages and military titles

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021.
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Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021.

Updated January 13, 2022 at 12:59 PM ET

One day after Prince Andrew lost his bid to quash a sex-abuse lawsuit, he's been stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The move comes with Queen Elizabeth II's "approval and agreement," the palace said.

Andrew will also stop being addressed as "His Royal Highness" in an official capacity, the BBC reported.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York denied "in all respects" the Duke of York's request to dismiss the abuse case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

The statement from the royal family mentioned Giuffre's case, noting that Andrew is "defending this case as a private citizen."

Giuffre says Andrew sexually abused her when she was a minor, at the invitation of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations, stating that he didn't participate in the sexual exploitation of minors or witness such behavior.

The British prince's lawyers have argued that a $500,000 settlement that Giuffre reached with Epstein in 2009 should prevent her from suing him. But District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said the settlement, made public earlier this month, is too vague to specifically protect Andrew from a lawsuit.

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