For the queen, the monarchy must come first

The Queen’s banishment of her favorite son is brutal and just.

By immediately depriving Prince Andrew of his patronage, military titles and use of “His Royal Highness”, she expels him from royal life.

The door has been closed on any return to a public role. Regardless of the outcome of the sexual assault lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, his mother’s decision to redistribute his titles and positions to other family members means Andrew will not get them back.

Forget the “mutual agreement” claim, it’s academic. It is a humiliating blow to the prince, who was immensely proud of his royal duties and his fighting role in the Falklands War, and who now – 61 years old – must consider what he should be allowed to do for the rest of his life.

He has denied any wrongdoing. For his 95-year-old mother, however, the monarchy must come first, and she is in a state of injury-limiting condition. The toxic outcome of Andrew’s friendship with a pedophile sex trader
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The queen deserves better. 2021 was terrible. She suffered the loss of her husband for 73 years, endured the antics of the Sussexes and the consequences of Prince Andrew’s stupidity.

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His demeanor will cloud her platinum anniversary year, though the rest of the family in the UK will do everything they can to create a party atmosphere.

She has finally lost her patience. Andrew’s older brother, Charles, and nephew, William, are also known for taking a hard line, angry at his gloomy judgment – and determined to protect the future of the crown they will carry.

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