Prince Andrew provides up membership of prestigious golf membership amid sexual abuse allegations

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has given up his honorary membership of the Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St. Andrews, one of many world’s most prestigious golf golf equipment, as he fights allegations of sexual abuse which have compelled him to retreat from public life.

The membership in St. Andrews, Scotland, introduced the transfer Friday, two weeks after Andrew was stripped of his honorary army titles and roles with charitable organizations amid a U.S. civil lawsuit filed by a girl who says she was compelled to have intercourse with Andrew when she was 17.

“I can confirm that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has received notification that the Duke of York will relinquish his honorary membership,” the membership stated in an announcement. “We respect and appreciate his decision.”

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has given up his honorary membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the world’s most prestigious golf clubs, as he fights allegations of sexual abuse that have forced him to retreat from public life. 

Britain’s Prince Andrew has given up his honorary membership of the Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St. Andrews, one of many world’s most prestigious golf golf equipment, as he fights allegations of sexual abuse which have compelled him to retreat from public life. 
(Steve Parsons/Pool Picture by way of AP, File)

Andrew, often known as the Duke of York, denies the allegations and has requested for a jury trial within the case filed in federal courtroom in New York.

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The choice to take away Andrew’s army titles and charity positions was taken with the “approval and agreement” of his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace stated in an announcement Jan. 13. 

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The prince stopped performing royal duties two years in the past, after a disastrous BBC interview that stoked criticism about his relationship with the convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.

In this image, Andrew waits to play a shot at the Royal and Ancient Golf club in St Andrews, Fife, after assuming the position of captain of the club, on Sept. 18, 2003. 

On this picture, Andrew waits to play a shot on the Royal and Historical Golf membership in St Andrews, Fife, after assuming the place of captain of the membership, on Sept. 18, 2003. 
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace stated earlier this month.

The club in St. Andrews, Scotland, announced the move Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

The membership in St. Andrews, Scotland, introduced the transfer Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
(Steve Parsons/Pool Picture by way of AP, File)

The Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St. Andrews was based in 1754 and helped administer the principles of golf for 250 years till that function was handed over to a different group. It stays a non-public golf membership with about 2,400 members worldwide.

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