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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has confirmed that Prince Andrew has relinquished his honorary life membership.

This news, first reported by The Courier, comes as the prince prepares to face a sexual assault lawsuit in the US.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the club said: “I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has received notification that the Duke of York will relinquish his Honorary Membership.

“We respect and appreciate his decision.”

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Earlier this month, the Queen stripped her second-born son of his military titles and other royal patronages. However, that apparently did not impact on his membership of arguably the world’s most famous golf club.

Prince Andrew had long-standing links with the Royal and Ancient.

In 2004, the club’s 250th anniversary year, he served as its captain, becoming the sixth royal to do so. His grandfather, King George VI, had occupied the role in 1930.

He also served on the club’s Amateur Status Committee from 2000 to 2003.

Prior to the scandal, the golf-mad prince was a patron of almost 30 golf clubs, societies and organisations.

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One of those was junior charity The Golf Foundation. It cut ties with him in November 2019 following a widely-maligned BBC interview in which he attempted to explain his links to convicted US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

This summer, St Andrews will stage The 150th Open. Prince Andrew has been a frequent spectator at the championship, most recently in 2019 when he attended in his capacity as a patron of Royal Royal Portrush. However, he found himself at the centre of a media maelstrom when it emerged he had spent more than £15,000 on a private jet to shuttle him to and from the Northern Ireland links.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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