The Duke of York, known to love the sport, relinquished his honorary membership of one of the world’s oldest golf clubs, located in Scotland. An R&A spokesman confirmed Prince Andrew’s move saying in a statement: “I can confirm that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has received notification that the Duke of York will relinquish his Honorary Membership.
“We respect and appreciate his decision.”
Over the decades, the Duke of York has been the patron of more than 20 golf clubs, societies and associations.
This announcement comes two weeks after Prince Andrew returned his military and honorary patronages to the Queen.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement earlier this month: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Following this move, the Duke retained his private patronages and memberships.
He also kept his HRH style – but royal sources said he won’t be using it in any official settings.
Prince Andrew is being sued by Virginia Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, who accuses him of having committed “sexual assault and battery” upon her when she was 17.
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Ms Giuffre, who launched her legal case against Andrew last summer, claims to have been trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke on three different occasions in 2001.
Andrew has repeatedly and firmly denied these allegations and any wrongdoing.
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