Sarah Ferguson plays pivotal role behind the scenes in convincing Andrew on titles removal


Although the Queen, 95, ultimately signed off on the decision to strip her son of his military titles, and ‘His Royal Highness’ prefix, Ms Ferguson, 62, told her ex-husband that it was the “right decision”. Royal commentator, Camilla Tominey, claimed Prince Andrew’s fate was decided during a 90-minute meeting with the Queen. Andrew, 61, travelled to Windsor Castle with his lawyer, Gary Bloxsome, from his Royal Lodge home on Thursday.

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Ms Tominey said: “While aides have reiterated that it was ultimately signed off with HM’s approval (Sarah, the Duchess of York having helped to persuade her ex-husband it was the right decision), there is no doubt that, in the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh, both Charles and William were also heavily involved in the 95-year-old monarch’s deliberations.”

It is understood both Prince William, 39, and Prince Charles, 73, were involved in discussions regarding Andrew’s titles and patronages.

According to multiple reports, both William and Charles said the Royal Family could not allow Andrew to retain his titles following the claims made by Virginia Giuffre.

Andrew has denied all allegations made against him.

According to the Daily Mirror, William, met with the Queen in Windsor Castle to discuss the move.

During the meeting, it was decided that the patronages and titles relating to the Duke of York should be removed quickly.

A separate source also said the Queen soon realised Andrew was “in a grave position”.

They added, the Prince of Wales and his father were in complete agreement over the matter.

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Amid the news of the lawsuit, 150 military veterans wrote a letter to Her Majesty calling on her to strip her son of his titles.

The letter, addressed to the Queen, read: “All of us have served our country and are proud to have done so.

“For that reason, we are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military titles, positions and ranks, including that of Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy.

“It’s been 11 years since the press revealed Prince Andrew’s inappropriate friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

“Since that time Prince Andrew has shown himself to be uncooperative and less than truthful about that relationship.”

“Regardless of the result of Virginia Guiffre’s civil case against Prince Andrew, his position in Britain’s armed forces is now untenable.”

The letter concluded: “Officers of the British armed forces must adhere to the very highest standards of probity, honesty and honourable conduct.

“These are standards which Prince Andrew has fallen well short of.”


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