Prince Andrew was told face-to-face by his mom, Queen Elizabeth, that he will no longer be often known as His Royal Highness, The Post is told.
Looking stony-faced, the embattled Duke of York was pushed a couple of miles from his home, Royal Lodge, to Windsor Castle on Thursday morning.
There, the queen, 95, broke the information that she was stripping her 61-year-old son of all his remaining army titles and royal patronages within the wake of the sex-assault lawsuit introduced towards him by Virginia Roberts Guiffre.
During a personal viewers, Her Majesty told Andrew he will no longer be often known as His Royal Highness “in any official capacity” — and that he can be left to combat his lawsuit within the US as a personal citizen.
Royal sources mentioned it’s believed that Prince Charles and Prince William mentioned the problem with the palace as nicely.
Andrew is just the fifth royal in current historical past to cease utilizing the HRH title. Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, misplaced the styling after their divorces from Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, respectively, whereas Prince Harry and Meghan Markle agreed to lose theirs as a part of their “Megxit” cope with the queen.
However, one extremely positioned royal supply mentioned: “The difference between the statement that the queen made about Harry and Meghan and Andrew could not be more telling.”
After Harry and his spouse stop the royal household in January 2020, his usually stoic grandmother launched an announcement saying: “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties,”
And whereas the 2 reportedly stay shut, the royal supply told The Post: “There was nothing from the queen about her sadness or dismay, nothing emotional at all. It was so cutting.”
It was then briefed that Andrew would no longer use his HRH title.
The Post reported Wednesday that Andrew — a Royal Navy veteran who served with distinction as a helicopter pilot in the course of the Falklands War — confronted the prospect of shedding his HRH title, army title and patronages after federal Judge Lewis Kaplan gave Guiffre the go-ahead to deliver her case to courtroom within the US.
Sources identified that the queen, who’s believed to have been funding Andrew’s authorized protection from her non-public accounts, could proceed to take action. It’s reported that he receives round $323,000 a yr from her.
Among the titles stripped from Andrew is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a publish he took over from his late father, Prince Philip, and which allowed him to trip within the Trooping the Color, the annual army parade to have a good time the queen’s official birthday.
The palace is within the midst of organizing the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for June and, sources mentioned, it could be vastly embarrassing to have Andrew play an official function within the proceedings.
A supply shut Andrew additionally told The Post that he would “proceed to defend himself’ towards Giuffre’s allegations.
He isn’t believed to wish to settle, leaving him open to embarrassing particulars coming to gentle in courtroom. Guiffre claims she was pressured to sleep with him when she was 17 being saved as a intercourse slave by Andrew’s former mates Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
The shut supply mentioned: “Given the robustness with which Judge Kaplan greeted [the] arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling. However, it was not a judgement on the merits of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations. This is a marathon not a sprint, and the duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”
The subsequent time Andrew is anticipated to seem in public can be at a memorial service for his father, Prince Philip, at Westminster Cathedral this spring.