Duke of York defence by Jacob Rees-Mogg is absurd as calls grow for Prince Andrew to lose title – The Yorkshire Post says
PRINCE Andrew continues to embarrass the Queen – despite being stripped of his remaining patronages and forbidden from being called His Royal Highness while he contests his sexual assault case in the US courts.
There are, very understandably, growing calls – and endorsed by The Yorkshire Post – for the now disgraced prince to lose his status as Duke of York, a move that would require an Act of Parliament.
Yes, it is important that the Queen’s position is respected, but the monarchy should not be afraid to stage such a debate – tradition alone is not a sufficient reason for Andrew to retain his dukedom at this time.
And while Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons Leader, says the 1917 Titles Deprivation Act is a barrier because “the successors to the dukes... deprived could petition to have their titles restored”, it is inapplicable in this instance due to the gender of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – Andrew’s two daughters.
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