Prince Andrew is fighting a lawsuit in New York where he is accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl at multiple times. His lawyers attempted to get the case thrown out of court, but a federal judge has ruled that the case will continue.

After hearing that the case against Queen Elizabeth II’s second son will proceed, veterans of the Royal Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy joined together to write a letter to the Queen requesting that she strip Prince Andrew of all of his ranks and titles in the British Armed Forces. In the letter, the military veterans explained, “We are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles, positions and ranks, including that of Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy.” They added, “Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honourable conduct. These are standards which Prince Andrew has fallen well short of.”

The letter continued, “It is hard not to see, when senior officers are reportedly describing him as ‘toxic’, that he has brought the services he is associated with into disrepute. We are therefore asking that you take immediate steps to strip Prince Andrew of all his military ranks and titles and, if necessary, that he be dishonourably discharged.”

Just hours after receiving the letter, the Queen took action. An official Royal Communication from Buckingham Palace announced, “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

According to Reuters, Prince Andrew will also no longer be able to use the title “His Royal Highness.” A royal source claims the decision to remove the titles from Prince Andrew came after the Windsors discussed the situation. The plan is to redistribute his titles to other members of the family.