Prince Andrew Loses Honorary Titles At Three Northern Ireland Golf Clubs

The Duke has been stripped of his honorary titles at Royal Portrush, Royal Belfast and Royal County Down golf clubs in Northern Ireland.

Prince Andrew at the 147th Open Championship
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The decision by the Queen is part of the fallout from the duke’s civil sexual assault case, with Prince Andrew being stripped of his Royal patronages. As a result, he has also lost his honorary titles at three of the best golf courses in Northern Ireland - Royal Portrush, Royal Belfast and Royal County Down..

A source close to the clubs said: “There will be immense relief by members that this decision has been taken out of their hands.” A spokesperson for Royal Portrush said he had no comment to make on the matter.

Prince Andrew at Royal Portrush

Andrew during the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

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Back in 2019, The Open Championship returned to Royal Portrush for the first time in nearly 70 years, with Andrew seen attending the event. That week, he caused outrage as it was reported he spent £16,000 of taxpayers money on a private jet to watch The Open.

According to a palace source: "There were no other ways for Andrew to make the trip. He was undertaking a visit on behalf of his patronage. Arrangements in relation to the programme did not enable him to travel by scheduled flight." Ironically, on the day that the Duke took the chartered flight, there were 13 daily flights to Belfast to choose from.

Later that year, he would make a return to the links course, where he spent an afternoon playing a round. The Duke had been a long-time patron and opened its new clubhouse in 1999. However, following his civil sexual assault case, he will no longer be involved with the three clubs mentioned.

Andrew At St Andrews

Andrew tees off at the 18th hole during the pro-am at the 1994 Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.

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In a statement, the palace said: “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.”

Ms Giuffre is suing the Duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. She claims she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor under US law. The Duke has strenuously denied the allegations.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x