Experts and royal sources have revealed how the Queen has reacted to the news that Prince Andrew’s civil sexual harassment case will go to trial.
The Queen, Princes Charles and Prince William were ‘absolutely furious’ with Andrew after he ‘crossed a red line’, expert claims.
Prince Andrew was sensationally stripped of his military medals and royal patronage today after a confrontation with the Queen.
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Cornwall are said to have been “furious” with the Duke of York for bringing the royal family into disrepute. The sun reports.
The big news was announced by Buckingham Palace tonight amid growing anger over the Duke of York’s civil sexual harassment lawsuit.
Stream more live and on-demand entertainment news with Flash, Australia’s largest news streaming service. New to Flash? Try 14 days for free now >
Angela Levine told The Sun Online: “If the Queen had asked Prince Charles and Prince William they would have been very firm, Prince William and Prince Charles were furious that he had brought the royal family into disrepute.
“Whatever he did or didn’t do, he was definitely a friend of Epstein and invited him to parties, royal parties, when they knew that he was accused of having affairs with underage girls.
“So there is no doubt about that. I believe that this time the queen will also listen to her assistants.
“But she also has strong opinions, so if she didn’t want to do it, she wouldn’t do it – she clearly felt they had crossed a red line.”
Andrew’s military affiliation and royal patronage were immediately returned to the Queen after he was accused of sexually abusing Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was only 17 years old.
The Duke will also no longer be able to use “His Royal Highness” and will face his own legal action in the US as a “private person”, meaning he cannot hide behind royal privileges.
It comes after a judge sensationally gave the nod to a civil trial before a jury in New York later this year.
The 61-year-old royal vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Angela Levin added: “I am amazed that the Palace worked so quickly.
“I think they must be absolutely furious with him – because they didn’t just drop the title of His Royal Highness, they said he should be tried as a private individual and I think that for him it’s capital letters in that how he should now behave and take it seriously.
“But now it’s like throwing cold water on your face to wake you up.
“I also felt that the palace had to act very quickly because this anti-monarchist group, which includes former members of the navy and the army, is writing to the queen herself saying that they do not want him to continue to be patron.”
The Queen leaves Andrew to his fate
Prince Andrew stripped of all military ranks
He will no longer be able to use “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.
He was informed of this decision during a personal meeting with Her Majesty.
The decision was approved by the queen, but was widely discussed with the royal family.
Andrew cannot “hide” behind his royal privileges and is fighting the sexual assault lawsuit “as a private individual”.
He will not take on any public duties, the palace confirmed.
Prince Andrew’s former titles will be shared among other members of the royal family
Buckingham Palace said tonight: “With the approval and consent of the Queen, the Duke of York’s military connections and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue to assume no public duties and will defend the matter as a private individual.”
The Queen confirmed the stunning news to the world after she told Prince Andrew in a personal meeting.
According to the source, today’s decision to deprive Andrei of military ranks “was widely discussed in the royal family.”
According to a source in the royal family, over time, his titles will be transferred to other members of the family.
He will also lose his official royal title, meaning he will no longer be able to call himself His Royal Highness.
An insider close to the Duke insisted that he would continue to defend himself against the allegations made in the lawsuit.
One is not fun
The source said: “Given the firmness with which Judge Kaplan has met our arguments, we are not surprised by the decision.
“However, this was not a judgment on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint, and Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”
Andrew’s titles have been on hold since he stepped down from public office in 2019 out of rage over his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But until today, the duke has retained his roles, leaving eight British regiments in limbo more than two years later.
Among his honors were Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary Air Commodore RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s property).
Andrew has not attended a single military event since stepping down from royal duties two years ago.
This article originally appeared in The sun and has been reproduced with permission.