The background to the unanimous decision is the role played by Queen Elizabeth II’s second-eldest son in the abuse scandal involving the US multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who has since died.
The withdrawal of the honorary citizenship (Freedom of the City of York) has nothing to do with the Queen’s title “Duke of York.” However, several parish council members called for Andrew to lose his title of duke as well. A Labor councilor called Andrew’s connection to the city an “eyesore.”
In mid-February, the prince was able to avert an abuse lawsuit in the USA against himself with a comparison that was probably worth millions. Plaintiff Virginia Giuffre accused him of repeatedly abusing her when she was 17. Andrew denied the allegations. However, he had already had to give up his military ranks and official duties for the royal family.
It wasn’t until the end of March that Andrew took a step back into the public eye. The now frail Queen (96) had chosen him to accompany her to Westminster Abbey for the memorial service for her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99. The election had caused great excitement.