Prince Andrew was told in person by his mother, Queen Elizabeth, that he will no longer be known as His Royal Highness.
The Duke of York was taken a few miles from his house, Royal Lodge, to Windsor Castle yesterday morning, where, the 95 year old Queen broke the news that she was stripping her son of all his military titles and royal patronages in the wake of the sex-assault lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Andrew is now left to fight his lawsuit in the US as a private citizen. He is only the fifth royal in recent history to stop using the HRH title. Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, lost the styling after their divorces from Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, respectively, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle agreed to lose theirs.
But royal source said:
“The difference between the statement that the Queen made about Harry and Meghan and Andrew could not be more telling.”
After Harry and Meghan quit the royal family in January 2020, his grandmother released a statement saying:
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
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.”
The royal source told The Post:
“There was nothing from the Queen about her sadness or dismay, nothing emotional at all. It was so cutting.”
The palace is in the midst of organizing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (70 years on the throne) in June and it would be hugely embarrassing to have Andrew play an official role then.
Andrew is expected to appear in public next at a memorial service for his father, Prince Philip at Westminster Cathedral in spring.
🚨BREAKING: Prince Andrew stripped of military titles and patronages, Queen announces— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 13, 2022
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(via NY Post)