Prince William’s supposed hand in stripping Prince Andrew of his military titles shows how he is fighting for the future of the monarchy, a royal expert has said.
Last week, it was announced that the Queen had taken back the military affiliations and royal patronages she’d previously given to her second oldest son. The Duke of York is mired in sex abuse claims and now facing a civil trial. Andrew vehemently denies all allegations against him.
The Mirror exclusively revealed Her Majesty ruthlessly made her mind up about Andrew after a summit with future king Prince William at her Windsor Castle home. William met the Queen in her private quarters at Windsor Castle, where sources said it was decided the “axe should swiftly fall” on Andrew’s royal career.
One source said William was locked in talks “for more than an hour” with his gran before the bombshell news was revealed. And according to the Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers, William was involved in the talks as he is a future king.
“If public opinion turns against the whole monarchy, and the court of public opinion weighs heavily in this case, therefore the Queen didn’t have an option.
“Of course, she has had to act now because Andrew’s position is not only in the gutter, it threatens the whole fabric of the monarchy.”
Meanwhile, he also commented on the case on True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat. He said: “The palace was trying to distance William’s role from this from a PR perspective and trying not to overplay his hand. But he is fighting for his future, and he is fighting for his children’s future as well.”
A statement from Buckingham Palace last week read: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.
While a royal source added: “All of The Duke’s roles have been handed back to The Queen with immediate effect for redistribution to other Members of the Royal Family – will not return to The Duke of York.
“The Duke of York will no longer use the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity.”