The English city of York sent a strong message to Prince Andrew on Wednesday that they no longer want him as duke.
The decision to strip Andrew of status was unanimous, according to Darryl Smalley, the Executive Member of York City Council for Culture, Leisure and Communities.
“I was delighted to see advisers from all parties supporting this motion and making it clear that it is no longer appropriate for Prince Andrew to represent York and its people,” Smalley said. “Removing this honorific sends the right message that we, as a city, support victims of abuse.”
But this is not the end. Smalley also thinks the prince should “do the right thing and give up his title as Duke of York.
Smally added, “If he doesn’t, the government and Buckingham Palace must step in to strip his title in order to end Prince Andrew’s connection to York.”
Neither Buckingham Palace nor Andrew have commented on City’s decision.
The prince settled his case with Giuffre in February. She claimed disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her into having sex with Andrew when she was 17, according to the Guardian.
The prince has long denied Giuffre’s allegations and made no admissions of guilt in the settlement, which has been estimated to be worth more than $10 million.