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Virginia Giuffre is suing the prince, claiming he abused her in 2001.
His lawyers said the case should be thrown out, citing a 2009 deal she signed with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But a New York judge ruled that the case could be heard.
The prince has consistently denied the claims. Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.
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Prince Andrew will also stop using the title His Royal Highness in an official capacity, a royal source said.
It comes as he faces a US civil case over claims he sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17, which he has consistently denied.
The duke's roles will be distributed among members of the Royal Family.
Prince Andrew has asked for a jury trial and denied the allegations against him as he officially responded to Virginia Giuffre's sexual assault lawsuit.
Court documents filed in New York show he "demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint".
Ms Giuffre accuses the Duke of York of forcing her to have sex more than two decades ago at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The duke, 61, is being sued by Ms Giuffre, 38, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, in a US civil case.
He has always strongly denied the allegations against him.
Ms Giuffre claims "sexual assault and battery" by the duke and being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17.
The alleged offences are said to have happened between 2000 and 2002 at Maxwell's home, Epstein's New York mansion and his private island.
The document also sets out 12 defences.
These include that the case should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre is a resident of Australia; because too much time has passed; because of "her own wrongful conduct"; and because she gave up her rights after signing an agreement with Epstein.
The document also tries to undermine Clause 38 of Ms Giuffre's lawsuit, in which she points to a photograph of Prince Andrew and Ms Giuffre as a teenager, along with Ghislaine Maxwell, as proof that he knew her.
Clause 38 says: "The below photograph depicts Prince Andrew, Plaintiff, and Maxwell at Maxwell's home prior to Prince Andrew sexually abusing Plaintiff."
In response Andrew's lawyers said: "Prince Andrew lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations contained in paragraph thirty-eight of the Complaint."