The 60 minutes of conversation between Queen Elizabeth and her son Andrew, Duke of York and ninth in line to the throne, must have been this Thursday the most painful thing in his life. Once again, the British sovereign put forward the preservation and defense of the monarchy, the value of the institution and its obligations and the Jubilee of his 70 years on the throne before the protection of the family favorite for her and her husband, Prince Philip.
Like Princess Diana and Fergie at the time of their divorce, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they left for Canada and California, Prince Andrew lost the rank of His Royal Highness with which he was born.
It is the title that received since the eighteenth century the most “senior” members of the Royal Family and their attribution or loss depends on the queen. Princess Anne’s children declined this offer, nor did they offer it to the Wessex children or Harry and Meghan’s. Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice Until now they enjoy the status of His Royal Highness.
No honors. Prince Andrew. Photo: EFE
Like Harry Windsor Mountbatten, Andrew also lost all his military titles and honours, even if he is a Vice Admiral in the Navy because that was his career in the Royal Navy.
Andrew has lost the judgment of public opinion before the civil process for alleged sexual abuse of Virginia Giuffre begins in the New York courts. she was then a 17-year-old girl, which accuses him of having had sexual relations with her three times at the request of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted of child trafficking.
You can settle out of court because it’s a civil trial but Virginia, which has already won 7 million dollars in compensation from other violators, he wants justice and not more money.
The triumvirate composed of Prince Charles and his son, William, heirs to the throne, in consultation with the sovereign, contemplates stripping Andrew of his title of Duke of York, to break all ties with the crown and not stain the monarchy with the trial and the testimonies of the Royals summoned.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Photo: AFP
They want to turn Andrew into “a common citizen” that he must defend himself alone and without the privileges of a Royal. The loss of the title would extend to Fergie, the current Duchess of York and his ex-wife, who lives with him in Windsor, and to their daughter, Princess Beatrice, who They will be summoned to trial in New York.
But internal exile, to which the queen and the next two heirs have condemned the Falklands War Veteran, it will be a bit harder. The worst is yet to come.
Move it to a remote place
The other move would be to move him out of the Queen Mother’s 31-room Manoir, the Royal Lodge, where he lives next door to his mother’s palace in Windsor. to a more discreet place, far from the sovereign and where their own 24-hour security must be paid.
Some say he could live with his daughter Eugenie at Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes’ former home, in Windsor Park, others at Sandringham or even further afield.
Andrew lives with Fergie in his grandmother’s house, by decision of the queen, after her death. The Royal Family has at least 26 palaces and residences and over £1 billion worth of property, including Regent St, Oxford Circus, plus Balmoral and Sandringham Palaces, with houses and cottages where the exile could stay.
Lose the dukedom?
Until now, the position of Duke of York was going to be maintained and he should not bow in front of the minors of the family, such as Prince George, just 8 years old and future king.
The Duke of York is a title given to him by the queen and belonged to his father, King George. He was to retain his position as Vice Admiral and would remain State Counsel, a position that today is held by the first four adults in the line of succession: Prince Charles, William, Harry and Andrew. In the event that the sovereign is unable to perform her functions, two of these councilors can replace her.
all these statuses are in doubt if Andrew loses the title. Until now it is not known if he also loses the Order of Keeping, which the queen grants personally and are one of the highest in the Royal House.
The brutal decision was promoted by Carlos, William and the courtiers, whom Andrew thoughtlessly treated and with military manners. William spent an hour with his grandmother on Wednesday to convince her that she should make the decision.
out of court settlement
At Windsor Court, officials believed that “a separation of Andrew from the Royal House could no longer be expected” if they did not want the scandal and, especially, the preparation of the trial in September in New York, with presentations from members of the royal family convened, will not intoxicate Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebrations this year.
The Royal Family was looking for how to defend and protect itself, when it has not yet overcome the crisis of the Sussexes and his accusations of racism. At the same time, the courtiers pressure the Duke to arrive “to an out-of-court settlement” with Giuffre, whose American lawyer announced on the BBC ‘s Newsnight program , that he doesn’t care about the money but “justice for all victims.”
“A financial settlement is not what she thinks or is interested in,” said David Boies, Giuffre’s experienced attorney.
Prince Andrew managed to sell his snow chalet in the very chic Swiss town of Verbier for £17 million. Photo: EFE
Prince Andrew managed to sell his snow chalet in the very chic Swiss town of Verbier for £17m, after paying €6m owed to its elderly French owner. Of that amount, I would allocate 10 million for compensation, if Giuffre accepts it. Until now it was the queen who financed her legal costs. He has received an inheritance from his grandmother and now from his father, Prince Philip.
But the trial situation is “fluid” and each side is putting pressure on the other. The Royal House believes that Andrew has been legally very badly advised. The queen left the lawyer waiting in the car while the audience with her son took place.
Andrew’s trial is already a deep discomfort for the Royal Family and his reputation. It was a group of pro-republican military who asked the queen not to honor him with the military titles of seven regiments.
Los Grenadier Guards, el Royal Irisih Regiment, The Royal Lancers, The Royal Highland Fusiliers y el Yorshire Regiment looking for another colonel in chief. They are joined by more than 100 charities, including the English National Ballet, which have since abandoned him.