Queen Elizabeth’s decision to strip Prince Andrew of his royal patronages caused him to lose his honorary titles at the Royal Portrush and Royal County Down golf clubs in Northern Ireland.

The Queen’s decision is part of the fallout from the Duke’s civil sexual assault case.

The Duke faces a showdown in court after a judge ruled on Wednesday that Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him can go ahead.

Among the honorary positions he held in Northern Ireland were sponsorships of the two prestigious golf clubs.

A source close to both clubs said: “The members will be extremely relieved that this decision has been taken away from them.”

A Royal Portrush spokesman said he had no comment on the matter.

The Duke of York has lost his sponsorships at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down golf clubs in NI (Liam McBurney/PA)

Andrew visited Royal Portrush when it hosted The Open for the first time in almost 70 years in 2019.

He returned to the links course later that same year when he spent an afternoon playing a game.

He was a long-time patron of the club and opened his new clubhouse in 1999.

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.