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PRINCE Andrew is “finished” as a working royal and will likely lose all military honours amid his court battle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an expert has said.

The Duke of York will be tried over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17 after a US judge today ruled her civil lawsuit can proceed.

Judge Lewis A Kaplan’s decision comes as a huge blow for Andrew, whose lawyers argued earlier this month the case should be thrown out. Lawyers for the Duke had said Virginia’s civil lawsuit should be dropped based on a previous $500,000 (£371,000) deal signed by her with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009.

But David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, said only the parties of the settlement agreement – Epstein and Ms Giuffre and their associates – could benefit from it, and not a “third party” such as Andrew.

Today, Judge Lewis A Kaplan agreed and said Prince Andrew’s motion was “denied in all respects”. And according to experts, the outcome is “very bad news” for the prince, who will likely lose his military honours as a result.

Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “This will obviously do nothing to help his reputation, I think he is finished as a working royal.

“It was suggested he would try and get back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events but that’s not going to happen for him the way this is going. It wouldn’t surprise me if, in time, he loses his military patronages.” 

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