The Queen has stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and charities, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. The announcement comes they day after a federal judge in New York denied a motion to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit against Andrew brought by Virginia Giuffre.
A brief statement from Buckingham Palace read, in its entirety, “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.”
Andrew is still listed on the Palace’s website as a patron of dozens of charities, including hospitals, schools, athletic clubs, and scholarship foundations, but Thursday’s statement is posted at the top of his biography. He also served in the Royal Navy for 22 years.
According to the BBC, a source said he will also stop officially using the style His Royal Highness.
In November 2019, Andrew stepped back from his public royal duties, following an interview that was widely viewed as disastrous during which he denied Giuffre’s allegations that he’d sexually assaulted her.
In 2021, Giuffre filed her lawsuit claiming Epstein trafficked Giuffre to his longtime friend Andrew for sex when she was 17, and that she received “express or implied threats” from Epstein, convicted sex-trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, and/or Andrew to perform sexual acts with Andrew.
Andrew’s team filed a motion to dismiss the suit saying a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein exempted Andrew from legal action by Giuffre. The judge rejected the argument and ruled on Wednesday, Jan. 12, that the case can move forward.
Why Fans Are Convinced Pete Davidson Snapped Kim Kardashian’s Latest Bikini Shots
Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson Get COZY on Date Night
Nothing says amore like getting all your right angles.
At least that what’s fans think when it comes to Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, all thanks to one of her latest bikini pics. Kim had her Instagram followers buzzing on Jan. 17 when she posted three photos of herself frolicking alongside a beach in her two-piece swimsuit, captioning the series of snaps, “Mother Nature.”
But it was the third photo itself that seem to catch everyone’s attention since there was a noticeable shadow in the photo behind the lens, and for fans—that could only be one person.
“The shadow is Pete, we all agree right,” one person wrote. Another added, “Tell Pete to not get a shadow next time.” A third follower commented, “Not me zooming on the shadow of the photographer to see if it was Pete.”
All small social media investigations aside, the assumption of boyfriend-turned-photographer wouldn’t be that far-fetched considering the budding romance between the two seems to be going pretty strong.
Ever since the couple confirmed their relationship last November, there have been several low-key dates between Kim and Pete. Not to mention, the couple took their date nights beyond their local spots, most recently jet-setting for a getaway in the Bahamas—where he likely could’ve snapped those bikini pics.
However, the relationship between the SNL star and the SKIMS founder goes beyond palm tree and pictures, with a source telling E! News in early January that “Kim and Pete are getting very serious,” adding that Kim is “smitten and the relationship is very exciting to her.”
As for whose shadow that was for sure? Well, social media seems to be keeping up with the clues.
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Jamie Lynn Spears glosses over Dan Schneider scandal in her memoir
January 18, 2022 | 8:00am
Jamie Lynn Spears, seen here in 2004, does not address “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider’s alleged misconduct in her new memoir.
Jamie Lynn Spears heaps praise on “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider in her new memoir but fails to acknowledge the allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him.
When Spears, 30, first mentions Schneider, 56, in “Things I Should Have Said,” she credits him as the person who “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy.
“The show attracted some of the best professionals in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneider, was exacting and insisted on professionalism,” she writes.
Spears then applauds Schneider, who infamously had a habit of tweeting photos of young actress’ feet, for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.”
But any mention of the embattled showrunner ends there.
Schneider was once an unstoppable force at Nickelodeon, creating children’s sitcoms including “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.”
But in March 2018, the network abruptly cut ties with the producer so he could “pursue other opportunities and projects.” Page Six broke the news at the time that he walked away with a $7 million payout.
Deadline reported soon after that “for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,” while the New York Times revealed in June 2021 that an internal investigation at Nickelodeon had found Schneider was verbally abusive toward co-workers. (The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)
Schneider denied to the Times that he had ever acted inappropriately at work, saying in part, “I couldn’t and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”
He also insisted that his photos and videos of kids’ feet were “totally innocent.”
Schneider was most recently credited as the creator of Paramount+’s “iCarly” revival, which premiered in June 2021, though he had no creative involvement.
Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years
January 18, 2022 | 7:49am
Jodie Sweetin is engaged for the fifth time, this time to Mescal Wasilewski.
She said “yes” — for the fifth time.
The “Fuller House” alum quoted famed author Maya Angelou before leaving fans with a romantic caption of her own.
“I love you Mescal, for always,” Sweetin wrote. “You’re my person. I can’t wait to see the life that lies ahead for us.”
Sweetin’s photo included a close-up look at her marquis-style engagement ring, which Wasilewski gave to her two days before her 40th birthday.
“Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together,” she continued. “I think I’m really gonna like turning 40 ❤️❤️❤️💍.”
Wasilewski shared the same photo on his Instagram and added, “So that happened…”
Sweetin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Shaun Holguin lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006. The “Finding Santa” star then married Cody Herpin in 2007. The former couple, who split in 2010, share daughter Zoie, 13.
She shares daughter Beatrix, 11, with ex-husband Morty Coyle, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2016.
Sweetin’s engagement comes just over a week after her “Full House” co-star Bob Saget died unexpectedly at age 65. The cast released a joint statement in the aftermath, saying they were grieving “as a family.”
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family,” they said in the statement released on Instagram last week.
“Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”
The statement was signed by stars Sweetin, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as series creator Jeff Franklin.
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