Iraq War hero tells Prince Andrew to give up honorary military titles


Iraq War hero in regiment that Prince Andrew is colonel-in-chief of calls on the Royal to give up honorary military titles amid sex claims and his links to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

  • Col Tim Collins called on Prince Andrew to give up his honorary military titles
  • Duke of York holds title as Colonel-in-Chief of Collins’s Royal Irish Regiment
  • Collins said his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell were ’embarrassing for everyone’
  • Comes as Andrew awaits judge’s decision over whether to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil action in New York
  • Attention to the case forced Andrew to cancel ‘inappropriate’ plan to join his family’s Switzerland skiing holiday 


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The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew‘s Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles.

Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should ‘jump before he is pushed’ out of the roles, potentially by The Queen.

He is believed to be the most senior military figure so far to urge Andrew to step down.

‘The publicity surrounding [Prince Andrew] is embarrassing for everyone, Col Collins, 61, told the Mirror, referring to his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.

‘I don’t think he’ll ever ride the storm out. That is the bottom line because I think that the damage has been done.

The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew's Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles

The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew's Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles

The former commanding officer of one of Prince Andrew’s Army regiments has called on him to give up his honorary military titles

Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should 'jump before he is pushed' out of the roles, potentially by The Queen

Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should 'jump before he is pushed' out of the roles, potentially by The Queen

Colonel Tim Collins, an Iraq War veteran, said the Duke of York should ‘jump before he is pushed’ out of the roles, potentially by The Queen

Col Collins, famed for a speech he gave to his battalion on the eve of war in Iraq in 2003, met Andrew around the time while he was carrying out his role as Colonel-in-Chief of Collins’s Royal Irish Regiment – one of the nine positions he holds.

The war hero added that while the decision was ‘entirely up to him’, he suggested it was a ‘question of timing’ and that Andrew would ‘decide to jump or some more senior members of the royal family will say you’ve got to go’.

The pressure on Andrew comes as he awaits a New York court’s decision on whether he will face a civil lawsuit from Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with the Duke on three occasions while being trafficked.

The 61-year-old prince vehemently denies the claims and says he has no recollection of even meeting her.

However his association with the late paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and now convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell have made several organisation he is linked with uneasy. 

Attention to the case has left Andrew holed up at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor, and he has even had to miss out on his family's skiing holiday to Verbier, Switzerland

Attention to the case has left Andrew holed up at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor, and he has even had to miss out on his family's skiing holiday to Verbier, Switzerland

Attention to the case has left Andrew holed up at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor, and he has even had to miss out on his family’s skiing holiday to Verbier, Switzerland 

Eugenie, 31, the youngest daughter of the Duke of York, was seen carrying her skis as she walked alongside husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured together) in the famous Swiss resort of Verbier

Eugenie, 31, the youngest daughter of the Duke of York, was seen carrying her skis as she walked alongside husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured together) in the famous Swiss resort of Verbier

Eugenie, 31, the youngest daughter of the Duke of York, was seen carrying her skis as she walked alongside husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured together) in the famous Swiss resort of Verbier

Her sister, Princess Beatrice, 33, was also spotted smiling as she took a stroll through the town in a thick jacket and a bobble hat

Her sister, Princess Beatrice, 33, was also spotted smiling as she took a stroll through the town in a thick jacket and a bobble hat

Her husband, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was also spotted carrying ski boots as he walked through the resort

Her husband, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was also spotted carrying ski boots as he walked through the resort

Her sister, Princess Beatrice (pictured left), 33, was also spotted smiling as she took a stroll through the town in a thick jacket and a bobble hat. Her husband, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured right), was also spotted carrying ski boots as he walked through the resort

Earlier this week it emerged that Grenadier Guards officers ‘are uncomfortable having to drink to the health of Prince Andrew at the end of regimental dinners’. 

Former lance sergeant and three-time veteran of Afghanistan, Julian Perreira said: ‘Being allowed to retain his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards and other military titles, Prince Andrew will put a stain on the regiment’s proud history and will devalue the hard work of past and future generations of Grenadiers.

‘He must step down immediately.’

The Sunday People has also reported that a serving senior officer is planning to write to Andrew calling on him to give up all his military titles.

The paper also claimed that the Queen will reluctantly strip her son of military titles if he does not resign.

Andrew currently holds the honorary title of Colonel of the regiment in the Grenadier Guards and is the Colonel-in-chief of the 9/12th Lancers, the Royal Irish Regiment, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Small Arms School Corps and Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

He is also Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth, Commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm and Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps.

Attention to the case has left Andrew holed up at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor, and he has even had to miss out on his family’s skiing holiday to Verbier, Switzerland.

The pressure on Andrew comes as he awaits a New York court's decision on whether he will face a civil lawsuit from Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with the Duke on three occasions while being trafficked. Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was 17 when she slept with Andrew three times in 2001 under orders from Epstein

The pressure on Andrew comes as he awaits a New York court's decision on whether he will face a civil lawsuit from Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with the Duke on three occasions while being trafficked. Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was 17 when she slept with Andrew three times in 2001 under orders from Epstein

The pressure on Andrew comes as he awaits a New York court’s decision on whether he will face a civil lawsuit from Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with the Duke on three occasions while being trafficked. Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was 17 when she slept with Andrew three times in 2001 under orders from Epstein

The Duke of York was photographed with his arm around the bare waist of then 17-year-old Virginia Roberts. In the background, Ghislaine Maxwell. Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with the royal three times

It is claimed Andrew, 61, had been due to fly out with a group including daughters Beatrice and Eugenie for their annual trip.

But the Duke decided against travelling after aides advised him it would be ‘inappropriate’ for him to be seen on holiday while facing sex allegations. 

It comes just weeks after his former friend Maxwell was convicted in New York of sex trafficking for Jeffrey Epstein.  

He has instead reportedly been using Skype for video calls to his daughters and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. 

A source told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Beatrice and Eugenie were both very upset because they were hoping their children would be able to spend their first ski holiday with their grandad and the entire family.’ 

Andrew has been left anxiously waiting for almost a week to hear whethe he will face a full civil court case against his accuser Virginia Giuffre. 

What military titles does Prince Andrew currently hold?

  • Vice-Admiral – Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen
  • Colonel – Grenadier Guards 
  • Colonel-in-Chief – 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s); Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment); Small Arms School Corps; and Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) 
  • Royal Colonel – Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland 
  • Honorary Air Commodore – Royal Air Force Lossiemouth 
  • Commodore-in-Chief – Fleet Air Arm 

 

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The chance of getting the case thrown out of court was hanging by a thread on Tuesday night following a ‘brutal’ hearing in New York. 

Judge Lewis Kaplan told the royal’s lawyers he would find out ‘pretty soon’ – most likely within days – if his bid to have the lawsuit dismissed would be successful.

But the early signs were not good for the Queen‘s son after Judge Kaplan put his legal team through a bruising encounter during a make-or-break hearing in New York yesterday.

One legal expert said that the hearing ‘could not have gone worse’ and pointed out that the fact that his lawyers were reduced to saying they ‘respectfully disagree’ with the judge did not bode well- adding ‘respectfully disagreeing with the judge means you are about to lose.’  

Andrew’s lawyer was seeking to persuade the court that his accuser, Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, had waived her right to sue him when she signed an earlier £370,000 ($500,000) legal settlement with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the duke’s friend.

Miss Roberts, 38, one of the billionaire sex offender’s most high-profile victims, claims she was trafficked by him and girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with Andrew on three occasions when she was 17.

The 61-year-old prince vehemently denies the claims and says he has no recollection of even meeting her.

Judge Kaplan appeared mostly dismissive of the arguments by the duke’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler.

Mitchell Epner, a former federal prosecutor who now works as counsel for law firm Rottenberg Lipman Rich told The Times: ‘From Andrew’s point of view it could not have gone worse.

‘Judge Kaplan made it very clear that he did not accept the arguments that Prince Andrew’s counsel was making with regard to the settlement agreement.

‘There were a number of times where Andrew’s counsel was reduced to saying, ‘Well, I respectfully disagree.’ In the courtroom, respectfully disagreeing with the judge means you are about to lose.’

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