The Queen exiles Prince Andrew from royal life over sex abuse scandal

The Duke is accused of raping or sexually assaulting Ms Guiffre on three separate occasions when she was 17, after she was trafficked by Epstein.

An attempt to have the case dismissed on a technicality was on Wednesday rejected by a New York estimate, leaving the Duke facing the prospect of a trial by jury.

estimate Lewis Kaplan unequivocally denied the Duke’s motion, handing down a 46-page ruling that contained a point-by-point rebuttal of his arguments.

A source close to the Duke said: “Given the robustness with which estimate Kaplan greeted our arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling.

“However, it was not a judgment on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations. This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”

On Thursday, Ms Giuffre broke her silence on Wednesday’s ruling, saying it reaffirmed her goal to show that the “high and powerful are not above the law”.

She tweeted: “I’m pleased with estimate Kaplan’s ruling yesterday that allows my case against Prince Andrew to go forward. 

“I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth & I am deeply grateful to my extraordinary legal team. Their determination helps me seek justice from those who hurt me and so many others. 

“My goal has always been to show that the high and powerful are not above the law & must be held accountable.

“I do not walk this path alone, but alongside countless other survivors of sexual abuse & trafficking.”

The Duke had until now clung onto his honorary military titles, including the desired Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, despite pressure from senior military figures.

As a former member of the Armed Forces, the Duke – who served in the Royal Navy – retains his current military rank of Vice-Admiral.

He also remains ninth in line to the throne and as such is nevertheless a Counsellor of State – a role undertaken by any spouse of the monarch and the next four adults in the line of series. They are currently Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.

In the event that the Queen cannot attempt her official duties as sovereign on a permanent basis due to illness or absence oversea, two or more Counsellors of State are appointed by Letters Patent to act in her place.

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