Top UK Military Officials Demand Prince Andrew Be Stripped of Title Over Epstein Ties
Military members said they wished to see the Duke of York 'quietly faded out'
Top officials of the United Kingdom’s military have demanded Prince Andrew be stripped of his military titles over his connection to accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew's recent disastrous interview with the BBC embarrassed the military where he holds several top titles, including colonel of the Grenadier Guards and four other colonel-in-chief positions.
Military members said they wished to see the Duke of York “quietly faded out” of the service, according to The Times.
Andrew is a former naval helicopter pilot who flew missions during the Falklands conflict.
The Prince currently serves as commodore-in-chief of the fleet air arm and admiral of the sea cadet corps within the Royal Navy.
But sources noted that Andrew intends to retain his titles but not fulfill any of his public duties
A senior Navy member expressed outrage over the Duke of York doing small portions of his job while keeping his titles.
“As a service, we would not be rushing to invite him to anything. It’s safe to say there have been grumbles, and it seems likely that the post would be passed on,” the source said.
Another source said if any other member “would be expected to stand up for what” the prince was accused of.
During Andrew's contradictory account of his friendship with Epstein during the BBC interview, the prince argued he did not have sex with any of the financier's trafficked women in his properties.
But in August, Neon Nettle reported a witness allegedly saw Andrew getting a "foot massage" from "two young women" while inside sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion.
The Prince denied having sex with Epstein's alleged child sex slave Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, when she was 17 years old.
But in September, Roberts gave a bombshell interview describing how she was allegedly "trafficked" to the prince for sex.
Earlier this week, the Queen abandoned plans to host Prince Andrew's 60th birthday as the Royal family continues to deal with the fall out from the Epstein scandal.
The news came after the Queen sacked Prince Andrew from royal duties.
A royal source told The Sun:
"The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm.
"No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen's favorite son."