It was Prince Charles and Prince William who were the architects behind the decision to throw Prince Andrew at the gate.
That tells sources in the British Royal Family to the Daily Mail. According to the royal insiders, Queen Elizabeth had not made the final decision when the princes slammed the table and demanded action.
“It’s about the survival of the monarchy,” said a high-ranking source at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Andrew has often been called ‘Elizabeth’s favorite son’, which is why the decision has hurt the Queen very much. But there was nothing to do after a judge last week ruled that Virginia Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew could be brought in New York. It stood ready for the members of the British royal family.
It hurt Queen Elizabeth, but she agreed with Prince Charles and Prince William that there were no other means for Prince Andrew.
This is what the front pages of the British newspapers looked like when the news of Prince Andrew came out.
Photo: NEIL HALL
The decision in the US led to a 90-minute crisis meeting at Windsor Castle between the Queen and Prince Andrew last week. Prince Andrew had his lawyer Gary Bloxsome with him during the meeting, which was covered intensely in the British media.
The other day it also emerged that the prince has been deprived of his ‘His Royal Highness’ title, just as he lost virtually all of his military titles and protections.
However, he can still call himself Duke of York.
Prince Andrew can no longer call himself ‘His Royal Highness.’
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The trial in New York is expected to begin in September, after a judge in New York the other day paved the way for the lawsuit. It is the woman Viginia Giuffre who claims that the prince had sex with her, after the now deceased rich man, Jeffrey Epstein, rented her out to the prince.
Giuffre told his story in the BBC program Panorama back in October 2019.
Jeffrey Epstein did not reach an agreement with Giuffre, but this does not protect Prince Andrew.
However, there is still a possibility that Prince Andrew and Giuffre can reach a settlement. If that happens, Prince Andrew could still sue in September.
Virginia Giuffre claims she was exploited by Prince Andrew.
Photo: STEVE PARSONS, BEN GABBE
If Giuffre does not want to reach a settlement, a true nightmare awaits the British royal family. It also comes at the worst possible time.
This year, Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her platinum anniversary. It is thus 70 years since she became Queen of England and the other Commonwealth countries.