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The Duke of York, who can no longer be known as His Royal Highness ‘in any official capacity’, is expected to write to his former regiments to express his remorse at having to leave, the Sunday Mirror reported.
‘The Prince was tearful when told the news even though he had expected it. He feels that he has let so many people down, not least his mother, during her Platinum Jubilee year,’ a senior defence source said.
The news comes as the prince was said to have hosted a shooting party for about 12 friends and relatives on Friday – a day after the monarch’s decision to remove the titles.
The group is understood to have gathered at his Royal Lodge home before heading off for the shoot in Great Windsor Park, Berkshire.
Prince Andrew was ‘tearful’ after the Queen removed his honorary military titles, a senior defence source said, according to the Sunday Mirror
The Duke of York, who can no longer be known as His Royal Highness ‘in any official capacity’, is expected to write to his former regiments to express his remorse at having to leave
‘The Prince was tearful when told the news even though he had expected it. He feels that he has let so many people down, not least his mother, during her Platinum Jubilee year,’ a senior defence source said. (Andrew is pictured above in RAF regalia in Lossiemouth, Scotland in 2015)
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s decision to cast Andrew out of the royal fold in a statement on Thursday
A stony-faced Andrew was spotted leaving the lodge on Saturday morning with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. They are not believed to have been present at the shoot itself.
The shooting party was understood to have been a Christmas present from the Queen to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, who invited along family friends.
‘It seems quite brazen of Andrew to host a party and let his family go shooting with all the controversy raging,’ a source told the Sun on Sunday.
The Palace said previously that the Duke’s military appointments were in abeyance after he stepped down from public duties in 2019.
But, up until a few days ago, he still retained the roles, including the position of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, one of the oldest and most emblematic regiments in the British Army.
His other British honorary military titles are: Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth; Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment; Colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps; Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm; Royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers; Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own); and Royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
It comes after more than 150 veterans joined forces to express their outrage, writing to the Queen to demand Andrew was removed from the honorary military positions.
Accusing the Duke of bringing the services he is associated with into disrepute, the 152 former members of the Royal Navy, RAF and Army said that ‘were this any other senior military officer it is inconceivable that he would still be in post’.
Prince Andrew in regalia of the 2nd Logistic Battalion in New Zealand. On Thursday, he lost his honourary title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
The Queen is head of the armed forces and honorary military appointments are in her gift.
Andrew’s stunning downfall, which also saw him stripped of his royal patronages ‘with the Queen’s approval and agreement’ last Thursday, comes as his family abandoned him to fight his sex abuse lawsuit in America as a private citizen.
A US judge unequivocally rejected the prince’s bid to have his sex abuse case thrown out, leaving him facing the prospect of being cross-examined for seven hours on camera with embarrassing questions on everything from his sex life and ‘private parts’.
The Duke has been urged to settle out of court with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre ‘for the sake of his mother’, who celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year.
But he could face difficulties given Ms Giuffre is said to be pushing for ‘her day in court’.
He is only the 5th royal in recent history to stop officially using the HRH title, with Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, losing the styling after their divorce, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle agreed to lose theirs publicly as part of their ‘Megxit’ deal with the Queen.
But like Harry and Meghan, Andrew will privately retain the title inside Palace walls, meaning he will not have to start bowing to all HRH members of the family.
The decision to shred Andrew’s military ties is likely to be particularly painful for the Royal Navy veteran, who served with distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.
Buckingham Palace had announced the Queen’s decision to cast Andrew out of the royal fold in a statement.
‘With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,’ it read. ‘The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.’
A royal source said the issue had been widely discussed with the royal family, making it likely that the Prince of Wales, as well as Andrew, were involved in crisis talks over the matter.
The source said the military posts would be redistributed to other members of the royal family.
All of Prince Andrew’s titles and patronages he has now lost
The Queen has stripped the Duke of York of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
The move is a major blow to Andrew, who is facing a looming civil sexual assault court showdown after a New York judge sensationally ruled that the case could go ahead.
Andrew’s honorary military titles
- Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen;
- Colonel of the Grenadier Guards;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot);
- Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth;
- Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm;
- Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps.
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (disbanded).
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment.
- Alderney Maritime Trust;
- Army Officers’ Golfing Society;
- Army Rifle Association;
- Attend (National Association of Hospital and Community Friends);
- Berkshire County Cricket Club;
- British-Kazakh Society;
- Commonwealth Golfing Society;
- Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association;
- Fly Navy Heritage Trust;
- Foundation for Liver Research;
- The Friends of Lakefield College School;
- Friends of the Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s);
- Greenwich Hospital;
- Grenadier Guards;
- H.M.S. Duke of York Association;
- Horris Hill School;
- Hunstanton Golf Club;
- Interfaith Explorers;
- Inverness Golf Club;
- Killyleagh Yacht Club;
- Lakefield College School;
- Lucifer Golfing Society;
- Maimonides Interfaith Foundation;
- Maple Bay Yacht Club;
- Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta;
- Quad-Centenary Club;
- Queen’s York Rangers;
- Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation;
- Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom;
- Royal Aero Club Trust;
- Royal Air Force Golfing Society;
- Royal Air Force Lossiemouth;
- Royal Alberta United Services Institute;
- Royal Artillery Golfing Society;
- Royal Ascot Golf Club;
- Royal Belfast Golf Club;
- Royal Blackheath Golf Club;
- Royal British Legion Scotland, Inverness Branch; Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club;
- Royal County Down Golf Club;
- Royal Free Charity;
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust;
- Royal Guild of St Sebastian (Royal Guild of Archers of St. Sebastian – Bruges);
- The Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada;
- Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th and The Ulster Defence Regiment);
- Royal Jersey Golf Club;
- Royal Liverpool Golf Club;
- Royal Montrose Golf Club;
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital;
- Royal Navy Golf Association;
- Royal Navy Golfing Society;
- Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own);
- Royal Norwich Golf Club;
- Royal Perth Golfing Society and Country and City Club;
- Royal Portrush Golf Club;
- Royal St David’s Golf Club;
- Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies;
- Royal Victoria Yacht Club, British Columbia;
- Royal Winchester Golf Club;
- Royal Windsor Horse Show;
- Ryedale Festival;
- SickKids Foundation;
- Small Arms School Corps;
- Sound Seekers;
- St Helena National Trust;
- Staffordshire Regiment Trust;
- STFC Harwell and Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus;
- Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club;
- The Association of Royal Navy Officers;
- The Colonel’s Fund (Grenadier Guards);
- The Corporation of Trinity House;
- The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy;
- The Duke of York’s Community Initiative;
- The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School;
- The Fleet Air Arm;
- The Fleet Air Arm Officers’ Association;
- The Gordonstoun Association;
- The Helicopter Club of Great Britain;
- The Honourable Artillery Company;
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots;
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn;
- The Institution of Civil Engineers;
- The Ladder Foundation;
- The Northern Meeting;
- The Omani Britain Friendship Association (OBFA);
- The Princess Louise Fusiliers;
- The Returned & Services League of Australia Limited;
- The Royal Air Squadron;
- The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League;
- The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust;
- The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- The Royal Household Golf Club;
- The Royal Institute of Navigation;
- The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own);
- The Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- The Royal Society;
- The Royal Thames Yacht Club;
- The South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA 82);
- The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights;
- University of Cambridge Judge Business School;
- Wellington Academy;
- Wellington College International Tianjin;
- Westminster Academy;
- Yorkshire Society
Source: Daily Mail