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The northern English city of York has stripped Prince Andrew, who is the Duke of York, of the freedom of the city.

Local councillors voted en masse to rescind the honour bestowed on Andrew, the Queen’s second son, in 1987.

Andrew, who has fallen from grace as a member of the royal family, in February settled a US lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre accusing him of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager, potentially sparing him further embarrassment.

“The honorary freedom of our great city is bestowed on those who represent the very best of York. It’s inappropriate for Prince Andrew to retain any connection to our city,” Darryl Smalley, a York city councillor, said.

“Having been stripped of his military roles and royal patronages by the Queen, we believe that it is right to remove all links that Prince Andrew still has with our great city.

“I was pleased to see councillors of all parties support this motion and make it clear that it is no longer appropriate for Prince Andrew to represent York and its residents.”

Andrew, 62, did not admit wrongdoing in agreeing to settle the civil lawsuit.

He has not been accused of criminal wrongdoing.

Ms Giuffre’s case had focused on the duke’s friendship with the late Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and sex offender who Ms Giuffre said had also sexually abused her.

Prince Andrew Virginia Roberts
Prince Andrew and a teenage Virginia Roberts in 2001, with Ghislaine Maxwell behind them.

Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail in 2019 while awaiting trial.

Andrew has denied accusations that he forced Ms Giuffre, who lives in Australia, to have sex when aged 17 more than two decades ago at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.

The royal family in January removed Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages and said he would no longer be known as “His Royal Highness”.

-AAP