The Queen issued a statement last month in which she confirmed Prince Andrew would be stripped of all his honourary military titles and his patronages hours after a judge decided a civil lawsuit against the Duke of York would proceed to trial.
Calls for Andrew to have his Duke of York title removed have reignited following the announcement that he agreed on a settlement with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre. Royal correspondent Jack Royston questioned the “toxic” delay in removing the titles from Prince Andrew as he noted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s own patronages were removed within days of confirming they would no longer work for the Royal Family.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Mr Royston said: “Last month she stripped him of his royal titles and patronages and military titles, which was certainly a welcome step but it was too late.
“That’s what she should have done in November 2019 after the Newsnight interview, which was a complete car crash.
“If she wasn’t going to do it then, she should certainly have done it in February 2021 when she stripped Harry and Meghan of their military titles and patronages.
“The situation we’ve had where, for almost a year, you’ve had Harry and Meghan stripped of their titles but Andrew not stripped of his when he was accused in a US civil court of a very serious criminal offence, that’s a very stark and very clear comparison.Mr Royston added: ‘And it’s toxic for the monarchy.”Prince Andrew never faced any criminal charges and he strenuously rejected Virginia Giuffre’s claims he sexually abused her whilst she was underage.
The statement from Buckingham Palace last month read: “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.” Prince Andrew stepped back from his official duties following his disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in November 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also took a step back from their working royal roles the following year, citing a desire for financial independence.
Upon confirmation that they would not resume their roles following a one-year trial away from the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex agreed to renounce their patronages and honourary military titles to continue living as civilians.