Pub Named The Duke Of York Shouldn’t Change Names, Say Punters


Unters have said that the pubs called The Duke of York should not change their names, while the Queen has stripped Andrew of his honorary military roles.

Pub-goers argued that while Andrew holds the dukedom, some pubs have held the title longer than the second oldest son of the Queen.

Meanwhile, some of the landowners of the pub called The Duke of York distanced themselves from the current holder of the title in the wake of sexual abuse allegations against the royal.

Andrew has denied all the allegations against him.

A gastropub told the PA news agency it would decide next week whether to change its name, while one of the nation’s biggest pub chains insisted that its Duke of York pub had nothing to do with Andrew.

Poppy Bowser, 29, a music promoter, was drinking with her friend Kristen Maleki, 32, at The Duke of York pub in Southwark, south London, on Friday.

Ms Bowsher told PA: “I don’t think it is 100% necessary for a pub to change its name. The pub has been around for a long time and it is not Prince Andrew’s name.

“I think if the pubs change their name it will be a big statement about the allegations, but in terms of business, I run a business, and I think in terms of marketing it can be difficult.

“We didn’t know its name when we got here – it wouldn’t stop me from going to the pub because it doesn’t belong to the pub.”

At The Duke of York pub in Victoria, central London, Lawrence Oakleyford, 25, a delivery driver, said she also believes establishments should not change their names.

The Duke of York in his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards at a memorial in Bruges in 2019 (Jonathan Brady/PA) , PA Wire

“It’s just a headline. Obviously what you’ve been accused of isn’t good, but you can’t really erase history,” he said. “I guess you don’t have to glorify him as a person Should do, but it’s okay to have a name.”