The Queen, 95, stripped Prince Andrew of his honorary military roles and he gave up his HRH style in a dramatic fallout from his civil sex case. The move is a humiliation for the Duke of York and comes after the lawsuit against him took a major step forward on Wednesday when a judge threw out the duke’s motion to dismiss the sexual assault case and ruled it can go to trial. Royal expert Neil Sean has claimed the Queen will have to decide on whether Andrew can attend the event.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean claimed: “In the Spring of this year, there is a memorial service for the late and wonderful Prince Philip.
“This creates another dilemma for the Queen because as we know Prince Andrew is now a private citizen.
“But if he does not appear at this memorial then it says a lot as to how possibly the public may view the Royal Family.”
He added: “[The Palace] tell em that nothing is decided as yet. It’s simply all up in the air.
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“From a personal level, I think it wold be absolutely deplorable if he was not invited.
“Let’s not forget this was his father too.
“The decision obviously could remain with him, perhaps he wants to fully withdraw from royal life which could make it simpler and easier for the Queen.”
Andrew, who was born an HRH, will not use it any official capacity, a royal source said and the duke has also been stripped of his remaining royal patronages.
The decision represents the duke’s complete removal from official royal life, and an attempt to distance the monarchy from Andrew, who was once second in line to the throne as the spare to the heir, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
It paves the way for Andrew to seek an out-of-court settlement with Ms Giuffre without the fear of his decision – likely to be viewed unfavourably by the public – being associated with the royal family.
The development comes after more than 150 veterans joined forces to express their outrage, writing to the Queen to demand the duke’s removal from the honorary military positions.
Lieutenant Stuart Hunt, 52, who served in The 1st Royal Tank Regiment and signed the letter, branded the matter an “unsavoury business” and told the PA news agency: “Whether he’s guilty or not, he has brought things into disrepute. He’s not fit to serve in an honorary rank. He has forgone that right by getting into this sort of situation.”
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Royal author Penny Junor questioned whether the Queen should have insisted the titles and patronages be returned sooner: “I think it was a huge embarrassment that retired serving military personnel were demanding that titles be removed.
“That just becomes embarrassing and it becomes damaging to the Queen because the Queen is then seen as protecting her son.”
She added: “I don’t know if the Queen was too slow to take them back or whether it lies with Andrew who was too slow to offer them back.
“But either way I think actually a bit of criticism has to fall on the Queen here, because if Andrew was not offering them up she, or her advisers should have seen that this was going to cause a problem and should have insisted that she take them back.”