The bombshell statement released by the Queen yesterday effectively ousted her son Prince Andrew from the royal family.
The 42-word missive, written tightly by Her Majesty, can lead to the Duke of York permanently disappearing from public life.
The Queen was stripped of her military titles and royal patronage by Andrew and banned from using the title “His Royal Highness” as she faces a trial of sexual harassment in the US.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the military relations and royal patronage of the Duke of York has been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York does not carry out any public duties and is advocating the case as a private citizen.”
And the seven tips in the careful publication of words indicate that there is no way to get back to Andrew.
- It is clear that this decision came from the Queen
- Andrew has been relegated to being a private citizen
- In the future they will not regain the king and military roles
- The Royal Family is united around the Queen – and Andrew is on the outside
- Andrew can no longer use HRH
- William and Charles were instrumental in decision making
- The queen told me this
1. ‘The Queen’s Approval and Agreement’
The two-line statement begins with the phrase “with the approval and agreement of the Queen.”
The word strongly shows that she supports her decision to expel her son, which many always claim to be her “favorite.”
And some sources say Andrew tried to “consent” to the move – as if he had no choice.
Insiders have said the decision was tough on the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
But Her Majesty makes it clear that this dramatic downgrade comes from above.
2. ‘Private Citizen’
The next part of the statement states that Andrew defends his sexual harassment case as a “private citizen” with Virginia Giuffrey.
It looks like the queen is on her way to separate the royal from the sex case – and Andrew says she won’t get any help.
This may have come as a particularly stinging blow to Andrew – he has enjoyed the privilege of becoming a prince – and all the benefits that come with it – from birth.
The Queen has been reportedly paying her legal fees since she hired a lawyer last February following a devastating interview with Newsnight.
But it looks like Andrew will no longer be able to rely on those revenue streams – and, if he chooses to settle, he will only increase costs.
Duke has vowed to continue fighting the sex case in court – but many commentators expect him to agree to a £ 10 million out-of-court settlement.
Any action he does from now on will be his.
3. No return
Andrew’s royal role was suspended when he withdrew from public life following his Newsnight interview.
The Duke may be hoping to take it back after the storm of the sex case blew up.
But yesterday’s military titles and royal sponsorship were lifted, with the Royal source making it clear that “they will not return to the Duke of York.”
The Palace is making it clear that this is not a temporary move when Andrew is fighting the sex case – there is no way for him to go back.
Various roles are distributed to other members of the royal family.
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4. ‘Widely debated’
When the statement was released, Royal sources said the decision was “widely discussed among the royal family.”
The message appears to have been that a significant number of members of the royal family had spoken of Andrew’s future – without him – and had made an agreement with Her Majesty.
This means that the Royals have worked together to protect the future of The Firm – and Andrew has no place in it.
Charles has long talked about plans for the “slimmed down” monarchy, and in 2019 it is alleged that he already wanted Andrew to go.
It is believed that when he becomes king, he will be surrounded by his own family, his partners and their children.
At the Queen’s Christmas speech, photos of Kate, William and their children, Charles and Camilla, and Prince Philip can be seen.
5. There is no HRH anymore
The Royal source made it clear that the Duke of York “will no longer use the ‘His Royal Highness’ style in any official capacity.”
Like Harry and Meghan, Andrew is no longer allowed to use HRH – a title reserved for the most senior members of the royal family.
Since the beginning of the 18th century, the abbreviation has been given to the king’s children and grandchildren.
Finally, no matter who the king or queen was at the time, the title was decided – that is, Her Majesty personally intervened in Andrew’s case.
Those who have lost respect – except for Andrew – are known as Princess Diana, instead of ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’.
Sarah Ferguson lost her HRH after her divorce from the Duke of York.
It was a strong signal that Andrew was no longer in the group.
6. Williams Fury
Prince William was a key figure in the Queen’s judgment yesterday and helped her grandmother realize that Andrew’s position was “grave.”
It is said that both he and Charles are in complete agreement that Andrew should go – and they are reported to be “completely angry” after he “crossed the red line”.
The men held an hour-long summit with Her Majesty in Windsor before they were informed of Andrew’s decision.
The two were said to have been deeply angered by the suggestion that the Queen would be forced to pay Andrew’s legal fees.
A source said the two future kings wanted to “solve their own mess”.
The throne’s successor, Charles, and William in the second row, both have a hand in Andrew’s removal, suggesting no way to return to whoever will rule in the future.
7. The Queen’s Decision
The Queen understands that she has made a personal statement.
Instead of allowing her trusted staff to write a missive on her behalf, she decided how to write it.
It has been said that she has decided not to leave any emotional impression on it.
This is in marked contrast to the statement issued in February 2021 when the titles of Sussex were removed.
At the time, a more lengthy note was issued, which revealed that Harry had spoken to his grandmother about his decision.
That particular statement included a touching addition that hinted at the Queen’s displeasure.
It read: “While everyone is saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain the most beloved members of the family.”
No such words were included in Andrew’s recent statement.
This has led to some sources suggesting that Her Majesty’s decision was “ruthless and quick”.