Visitors to the prince’s official Twitter page, @TheDukeofYork, which has previously been tagged in posts by the official royal family Twitter handle, are now met with a blank page and a message stating “this account doesn’t exist.”
The bio on the page used to read “The Official Twitter Account for The Duke of York” and his own tweets were signed off with “AY,” according to PA Media news agency. An account on YouTube is also no longer available, PA Media reports.
The prince still appears to have an official Instagram
account, though this has recently been made private, meaning followers must request access to the page.
Buckingham Palace has also updated its official website to reflect moves taken by the royal family to distance themselves from the Duke of York
, who is facing a civil sexual assault trial in the US.
When contacted by CNN Thursday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Changes have been made to reflect the recent statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke of York.”
On the British monarchy’s official website, the Queen’s second son still has a page reflecting his dukedom. However, at the top of the Duke of York page, it now refers to the Queen’s January 13 statement announcing his loss of titles and patronages.
“Prior to stepping back from public life, The Duke of York undertook a wide range of public work, with a strong economic and business focus,” a statement on Prince Andrew’s page now reads.
On a separate subhead, titled “Supporting the Queen,” Andrew’s former duties are detailed in the past tense. For example, it states: “An important part of The Duke of York’s role was to support The Queen’s work as Head of State. He did this through representing Her Majesty at events and visits in the UK and abroad; receiving Heads of State and Government officials, and attending state and ceremonial occasions.”
Last week, a New York judged ruled against a motion
by Andrew’s legal team to dismiss a civil lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sex acts with the prince at the age of 17. Andrew has vigorously denied those claims.
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