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Prince Andrew loses city freedom over sexual assault case


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Prince Andrew was on Wednesday stripped of his status as a freeman of the city of York because of his associations with convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

At an extraordinary meeting of York City Council in northern England, councillors voted unanimously to withdraw the honour that was conferred on him in 1987.

There were two formal abstentions, from the lord mayor and the lord mayor elect.

At the meeting, Liberal Democrat councillor, Darryl Smalley, urged members to remove the freemanship for the first time in the city’s history.

Sexual abuse allegations levelled against Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, which he settled out of court in the United States earlier this year, and his associations with Epstein and Maxwell were “incredibly serious and cannot be ignored”, he told the meeting.

“We believe it is inappropriate for Prince Andrew to retain his ambassadorial title,” he said, adding that he should also have his official title, the Duke of York, removed.

Green councillor, Denise Craghill, said the allegations faced by the 62-year-old duke were “entirely inconsistent with what we stand for as a city”.

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