The Duke of York has been ordered to no longer use Buckingham Palace for office space, effectively severing his last link to his former life as an acting member of the royal family.
“Prince Andrew’s presence in the palace has officially ceased. The king has made it clear. He (Andrew) is no longer a current member of the royal family. He is on his own,” the source said. In accordance with the king’s decision, Andrew, 62, will not be able to use this address for future correspondence. The backbone of the staff, who have been around since he left public service three years ago, is reportedly in danger of being made redundant. Until this year, the prince held 10 military posts and ranks, including a colonel in the Grenadier Guards, as he worked to clear his name amid a scandal involving his association with American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew inherited the post of colonel in the Grenadier Guards from his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he retired from public life in 2017. After his controversial interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019, Queen Elizabeth II forced him to resign. to their official royal positions.
The announcement came after Queen Consort Camilla was announced as the disgraced prince’s replacement as colonel in the Grenadier Guards as a result of a change in top posts in the royal army. At the same time, Prince William will become a colonel in the Welsh Guards.
Prince Andrew was finally stripped of his ceremonial title earlier this year following his decision to settle a civil lawsuit against one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, who also accused him of sexual harassment, according to the Daily Mail. Last year a deal was agreed to that is believed to be worth around $12 million. Andrew himself has always categorically denied any accusation against him.