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Several of Prince Andrew’s social media accounts have been deactivated, almost a week after he was stripped of his honorary military titles.

The Duke of York’s Twitter page, which had 219,000 followers at the handle @thedukeofyork, now “doesn’t exist”.

The 61-year-old’s YouTube page also comes up as “isn’t available”, despite reports it was active as recently as yesterday.

READ MORE: Victoria Arbiter: ‘Prince Andrew’s royal career is effectively finished – and he only has himself to blame’

Almost a week after having his honourary military titles stripped by the Queen, Prince Andrew’s social media has begun being deactivated (AP)
Prince Andrew's Twitter account deactivated
The Duke of York’s social media has been deactivated – his Twitter page, which had 219,000 followers at the handle @thedukeofyork now “doesn’t exist” (Twitter)

Currently Prince Andrew’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, with the handle @hrhthedukeofyork, are still active but it’s been reported they are in the process of being removed from the platforms.

Meanwhile the British royal family‘s website has scrubbed the Queen‘s son’s former military roles and patronages, now referring to the Duke of York’s role in a past tense.

READ MORE: The palace’s Prince Andrew statement is ‘a strong show of total lack of support’ from royal family

“An important part of The Duke of York’s role was to support The Queen’s work as Head of State,” it reads in part.

The change comes days after a statement from Buckingham Palace was issued last Thursday afternoon (Friday morning AEDT) announcing Prince Andrew’s change of status to a “private citizen”.

Prince Andrew's Facebook page
Currently Prince Andrew’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, with the handle @hrhthedukeofyork are still active (Facebook)
Prince Andrew's Instagram account
However, it’s been reported they are in the process of being removed from the platforms (Instagram)

Prince Andrew will also stop using the title His Royal Highness (HRH) amid the changes announced, which see the royal step back from royal life permanently as he faces a civil sexual assault court case in the US.

The prince has strenuously denied the allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with his accuser, Virgiani Giuffre, “didn’t happen” and that he had “no recollection” of meeting her.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Racecourse is looking to re-brand its prestigious Duke of York Stakes over its association with Prince Andrew, according to The Yorkshire Post.

The Group Two contest with a £100,000 ($188,765) prize was first staged in 1895.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York & Queen Elizabeth II watch the horses in the parade ring as they attend Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014
Yorkshire Racecourse is looking to re-brand its prestigious Duke of York Stakes over its association with Prince Andrew (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

It isn’t named after Prince Andrew but his great-grandfather Prince George, the Duke of York who went on to become King George V.

“It has never been directly about Prince Andrew,” York head of marketing and sponsorship, James Brennan, told The Yorkshire Post.

“With that in mind, however, we are going to explore how we can make the name a lot clearer about its history – and that the name refers to an entirely different Duke of York.”

The defining photos of the British royal family in 2022


Several of Prince Andrew’s social media accounts have been deactivated, almost a week after he was stripped of his honorary military titles.

The Duke of York’s Twitter page, which had 219,000 followers at the handle @thedukeofyork, now “doesn’t exist”.

The 61-year-old’s YouTube page also comes up as “isn’t available”, despite reports it was active as recently as yesterday.

READ MORE: Victoria Arbiter: ‘Prince Andrew’s royal career is effectively finished – and he only has himself to blame’

Prince Andrew
Almost a week after having his honourary military titles stripped by the Queen, Prince Andrew’s social media has begun being deactivated (AP)
Prince Andrew's Twitter account deactivated
The Duke of York’s social media has been deactivated – his Twitter page, which had 219,000 followers at the handle @thedukeofyork now “doesn’t exist” (Twitter)

Currently Prince Andrew’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, with the handle @hrhthedukeofyork, are still active but it’s been reported they are in the process of being removed from the platforms.

Meanwhile the British royal family‘s website has scrubbed the Queen‘s son’s former military roles and patronages, now referring to the Duke of York’s role in a past tense.

READ MORE: The palace’s Prince Andrew statement is ‘a strong show of total lack of support’ from royal family

“An important part of The Duke of York’s role was to support The Queen’s work as Head of State,” it reads in part.

The change comes days after a statement from Buckingham Palace was issued last Thursday afternoon (Friday morning AEDT) announcing Prince Andrew’s change of status to a “private citizen”.

Prince Andrew's Facebook page
Currently Prince Andrew’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, with the handle @hrhthedukeofyork are still active (Facebook)
Prince Andrew's Instagram account
However, it’s been reported they are in the process of being removed from the platforms (Instagram)

Prince Andrew will also stop using the title His Royal Highness (HRH) amid the changes announced, which see the royal step back from royal life permanently as he faces a civil sexual assault court case in the US.

The prince has strenuously denied the allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with his accuser, Virgiani Giuffre, “didn’t happen” and that he had “no recollection” of meeting her.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Racecourse is looking to re-brand its prestigious Duke of York Stakes over its association with Prince Andrew, according to The Yorkshire Post.

The Group Two contest with a £100,000 ($188,765) prize was first staged in 1895.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York & Queen Elizabeth II watch the horses in the parade ring as they attend Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014
Yorkshire Racecourse is looking to re-brand its prestigious Duke of York Stakes over its association with Prince Andrew (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

It isn’t named after Prince Andrew but his great-grandfather Prince George, the Duke of York who went on to become King George V.

“It has never been directly about Prince Andrew,” York head of marketing and sponsorship, James Brennan, told The Yorkshire Post.

“With that in mind, however, we are going to explore how we can make the name a lot clearer about its history – and that the name refers to an entirely different Duke of York.”

The defining photos of the British royal family in 2022

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