Prince Andrew stripped of another ceremonial honour in wake of sexual misconduct allegations
City of York removes his 'freedom' status, also wants him lose title of Duke of York
Prince Andrew has lost another ceremonial honour as groups throughout Britain cut ties to the royal disgraced by allegations of sexual misconduct.
The council in the northern city of York on Wednesday night voted unanimously to withdraw the prince's "freedom of the city." The honour was awarded to Andrew in 1987 after Queen Elizabeth made him the Duke of York.
Andrew is the first person to be stripped of the status, a purely ceremonial honour that dates back to medieval times when "freemen" enjoyed special privileges. Honourees include the actress Dame Judi Dench and Princess Anne, Andrew's sister.
Andrew was stripped of his honourary military roles in January amid the furor surrounding a lawsuit alleging he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and fears that the scandal would taint the House of Windsor. The Queen also removed his honourary leadership of various charities, known as royal patronages, and barred him from using the title "his royal highness" in official settings.
Andrew later settled the lawsuit, agreed to pay his accuser an undisclosed sum that the British media has suggested could be as much as 12 million pounds ($19.5 million Cdn). He denies the allegations.
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'Serious reputational damage'
York City Councillor Darryl Smalley said the city was just following the example set by the Queen in removing Andrew's titles.
"She saw that it was doing serious reputational damage to those military institutions and charities and so stepped in to remove him from those positions," Smalley told ITV News. "We believe very strongly, and many residents agree with us, that we should be removing all links between our city and Prince Andrew."
Smalley and other local leaders have argued that Andrew should also lose the title of Duke of York.
"York has a fantastic relationship with the monarchy going back hundreds of years. It's something we cherish," he said. "We can't cherish it whilst we have Prince Andrew as our most senior royal."
A representative for Andrew declined to comment Thursday.