York Press readers call for Prince Andrew to lose his city title too
Readers of the York Press have said they want their city to be distanced from Prince Andrew.
This week, the Duke of York had his military titles removed by the Queen, and will stop using His Royal Highness in an official capacity.
He also lost his many patronages, which included charities and golf clubs.
But he remains a Prince, and also the Duke of York, a peerage given to him when he married Sarah Ferguson, who remains the Duchess of York even though the couple subsequently divorced.
The Prince currently faces a US civil action over sexual assault allegations.
In Friday’s York Press, chief reporter Mike Laycock revealed how two city politicians — a councillor and an MP — now wanted Prince Andrew to relinquish his connections with the Yorkshire city too.
Cllr Darryl Smalley, LibDem executive member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said York’s unique connection to the Crown and the Monarch was an important part of the city’s legacy, history and a ‘great source of pride.’
But he added: “Having been stripped of his military roles and royal patronages by the Queen, he should also now relinquish his title as Duke of York.”
York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell also tweeted: “It’s untenable for the Duke of York to cling onto his title another day longer; this association with York must end.”
York Green Party later said that because of the potential reputational damage to York by the allegations against the Duke, it would be appropriate to suspend his title while they were investigated.
An online poll was set up by The Press on Thursday, after the Queen had agreed to strip the duke of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, which asked: ‘Should Prince Andrew give up the title of Duke of York?’
More than 460 people had taken part by Saturday afternoon, with 88 per cent voting yes and only 12 per cent no.
The issue also provoked fierce debate on The Press website and on social media, with scores posting comments for and against the title removal.
- This week’s Sunday Post also reported that calls were growing for the Prince to lose his Earl of Inverness title, too.