Prince Andrew stripped of ‘freedom of York’ title after unanimous vote

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Prince Andrew stripped of 'freedom of York' title after unanimous vote

Prince Andrew has been stripped of his honorary ‘freedom of York’ title after a unanimous vote by York City Council.

Councillors voted for the removal in an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 27.

It comes after Prince Andrew reached an out of court settlement – said to be £12m – with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, in a civil sex claim filed in the US.

Many councillors said the removal of his Honorary Freedom of the City of York was just a starting point for the changes that should be made.

Councillor Gwen Swinburn slammed Prince Andrew as a “disgrace” who brought “shame and repetitional damage everywhere he goes, including to our city”.

“He needs to be declared persona non grata in York,” she said.

Councillors also called for him to relinquish his Duke of York title.

Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, said the prince was the “first to ever have their freedom removed” by the city and backed calls for his Duke of York title to be relinquished.

The rank of duke, like other peerages, can only be removed by an act of parliament, which last happened in 1917.

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