It was one of the queen’s briefest statements, but there were plenty of hints that Prince Andrew had been banished from the royal family for good.
An explosive statement issued by the Queen yesterday has effectively banished her son, Prince Andrew, from the Royal Family.
Her Majesty’s precisely written 42-word missive will likely result in the Duke of York disappearing from public life forever. Sun informed.
The Queen has stripped Andrew of his military titles and royal patronages and banned him from using the title “Her Royal Highness” as he faces a sexual abuse damages case in the US.
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
“The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and is pursuing this case as a private citizen.”
And seven clues in the carefully worded ad suggest that Andrew has no way back.
1. ‘Queen’s Approval and Agreement’
The two-line statement begins with the phrase “with the approval and agreement of the Queen”.
The wording shows convincingly that it supports the decision to expel the son who, according to many, has always been his “favorite.”
And some sources have tried to suggest that Andrew “consented” to the move, as if he had a choice.
Experts have said the decision was one of the most difficult in the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
But His Majesty makes it clear that this drastic demotion is coming from above.
2. ‘Private citizen’
The next part of the statement says that Andrew will defend his sexual assault damages case with Virginia Giuffre as a “private citizen.”
The Queen seems to be doing her best to separate the Royal Family from the case, and says that Andrew will not get any help.
This is likely to have been a particularly painful blow to Andrew, who has enjoyed the privilege of being a Prince, and all the benefits that come with it, since birth.
The Queen had reportedly been paying her legal fees since she first appointed a lawyer last February after her disastrous news night interview.
But it looks like Andrew will no longer be able to rely on those streams of income, and if he decides to settle down, he’ll just cover the costs.
The duke has vowed to continue fighting the case in court, but many commentators expect him to settle out of court which could amount to 10 million pounds sterling (19 million Australian dollars).
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3. No return
Andrew’s actual role was put on hold following his disastrous news night interview, when he moved away from public life.
It is possible that the Duke hoped to retake it after the legal storm passed.
But as he was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages yesterday, a royal source made it clear that “they will not go back to the Duke of York”.
The Palace made it clear that this was not a temporary move while Andrew fights the sex case: there is no turning back for him.
Instead, the various roles will be distributed to other members of the Royal Family.
4. ‘Widely discussed’
When the statement was released, a royal source said the decision had been “widely discussed within the royal family”.
The message seemed to be that a significant number of members of the Royal Family had spoken about Andrew’s future, without him, and agreed with Her Majesty.
It means that the royals have acted in unison to protect the future of The Firm and have found no place for Andrew within it.
Charles has long spoken of his plans for a “reduced” monarchy, and in 2019 it was alleged that he already wanted Andrew gone.
When he becomes king, it is believed that he will be flanked only by his own family, his partners and his children.
Photos of Kate, William and their children, Charles and Camilla and Prince Philip, were seen at the Queen’s Christmas speech.
5. No more SARs
The royal source also made it clear that the Duke of York “will no longer use the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity.”
Like Harry and Meghan, Andrew will no longer be allowed to use HRH, a title reserved for the most senior members of the Royal Family.
Since around the early 18th century, the acronym has been given to the monarch’s children and grandchildren.
Ultimately, whoever is king or queen at the time decides whether the title is awarded, meaning that Her Majesty personally intervened in Andrew’s case.
Those who have lost honour, apart from Andrew, include Princess Diana, who was instead known as ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’.
Sarah Ferguson lost her Royal Highness after divorcing the Duke of York.
It was a very strong signal that Andrew was no longer in the crowd.
6. William’s Fury
Prince William was reportedly a key figure in the Queen’s trial yesterday and helped his grandmother realize Andrew’s position was “serious”.
Both he and Charles are said to be in complete agreement that Andrew needs to go, and were “completely furious” after he “crossed a red line”. Sun informed.
The men held an hour-long summit with Her Majesty in Windsor before Andrew was informed of the decision.
Both were also said to be deeply angered by the suggestion that the Queen would be forced to pay Andrew’s legal fees.
One source said both future kings wanted him to “solve his own mess”.
With heir to the throne Charles and second in line William participating in Andrew’s removal, it suggests that there is no going back for him, whoever reigns in the future.
7. Queen’s Decision
Sun he understands that the Queen personally drafted the declaration.
Instead of allowing her trusted staff to write the missive on her behalf, she herself decided how it should be written.
She was also determined not to allow any emotional feelings, she tells herself.
It is markedly different to the statement issued when the Sussexes were stripped of their titles in February 2021.
At that point, a much longer note was issued revealing that Harry had spoken to his grandmother about the decision.
That particular statement also included a poignant addition that hinted at the Queen’s discomfort.
It read: “While everyone is saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
No such words were included in the latest statement about Andrew.
It has led some sources to suggest that Her Majesty’s decision was “ruthless and swift”.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.
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