The Queen has spent 70 years protecting the monarchy, she must keep Andrew away from his family before he humiliates them even more
THIS is an unprecedented moment in royal history.
Yesterday morning, as we now understand, the Duke of York was driven to Windsor Castle to have a meeting with the Queen.
It is a meeting that she never imagined having one day with her favorite son, who since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, has been her attentive support.
With her sad agreement, he surrendered his military titles and royal patronages on the understanding that he would now fight his lawsuit for sex claims in America as a private citizen.
To do this, he also ceded to the Queen the honorary title, as it is known, of HRH. His Royal Highness.
His ex-wife, Sarah Duchess of York, lost hers in their divorce case, which was understandable as she wanted to work in the United States as Sarah Ferguson. Diana losing her HRH was much more controversial.
Called to court
The queen had no desire to take it off, but when Diana spoke publicly saying she was going to lose it, the queen was so irritated that she decided that was what would happen.
No member of the royal family has been summoned to court since the time Edward VII was implicated in what became known as the Baccarat scandal in September 1890. His friend Gordon Cumming was accused of cheating at the card game and the prince was called as a witness. .
It was the first time an heir to the throne had been forced to appear in court since Richard Plantagenet, the 3rd Duke of York in the 15th century.
The Paul Burrell case in 2002, in which Diana’s former butler was accused of stealing from her estate, collapsed when the Queen suddenly remembered he had told her he was keeping some of Diana’s possessions. the late princess to safety.
The case was about to get up close and personal and the Royal Family could not risk being called to give evidence. For a prince of the blood – and for 20 years the second in line to the throne after his older brother the Prince of Wales – losing his title makes for a tragic day for the royal family.
The Queen has spent 70 years protecting the image of the monarchy because she considers it her duty. A duty taught to him by his beloved father. She acquitted herself of this task with a lot of work and pride. It wasn’t easy, but she believed that it was her lot in life and that she had been ordained by God to do it. Prince Philip agreed with her.
Together, they sacrificed a lot of personal happiness to keep the show on the road. Philip said whatever happened, they had to do it. The decision to sever Andrew’s ties with the military is likely to be particularly painful for a Royal Navy veteran, who served with distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.
Almost 40 years ago, Prince Andrew walked down Portsmouth Quay on his return as a Falklands War hero in September 1982. His family were there to meet him. He was cheered by the crowd. His mother handed him a rose, which he jokingly placed between his teeth. He was everything his parents had dared hope he was, handsome, brave and applauded by the press and the public.
No more embarrassment
But, now he is determined to clear his name in his lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre. He cannot do it as a working member of the royal family.
The Queen made it clear that he had no choice but to take up his case as a private citizen. He has no alternative but to step aside and carry on. He must get away from his family before he heaps more embarrassment and humiliation on the monarchy.
It’s something Andrew would agree with and accept, no matter how hard it is for him. He is a man who has always used traction when he wants something, even once saying to a gardener who refused him immediate entry, “You don’t know who I am?”
As well as being very dear to the Queen, Andrew was also Philip’s favorite son. He named it after his own father, Prince Andrew of Greece, whose life never met his earliest expectations.
He ends up leaving his wife in a sanatorium, his daughters in Paris and his young son at school in England.
He disappeared to live in Monte Carlo, living on wealthy friends with his mistress. I just hope history won’t repeat itself.