By maintaining Prince Andrew’s military title, the Queen hopes to “guard the Jubilee.”
QUEEN Elizabeth II is said to have “made it be known” that she wants Prince Andrew to keep his position as Honorary Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, notwithstanding a recent lawsuit brought against him in New York.
The Queen is said to have told military officers that her second son, the Duke of York, should keep his honorary status as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. According to a royal expert, the Queen wants to “guard the Jubilee” by ensuring that Prince Andrew does not have to wear a suit while his royal kin all dress in military uniform for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Duke of Edinburgh formerly had the honorary title, which was passed down to Prince Andrew in 2017.
“So the Queen has let it be clear that she wants him to retain this role, no mention of the other ones,” Charlotte Griffiths, editor of the Mail on Sunday Diary and royal analyst, said.
“It appears to be to safeguard the Jubilee once more, because it may be awkward if he wore his ordinary suit next year, so it appears to be to protect that.
“Despite the Jeffrey Epstein claims and the situation he’s in, she has supposedly let it be known that he will maintain that title.”
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The Duke of York also has the titles of commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm, honorary air commodore of the Royal Air Force, colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, and colonel-in-chief of the Yorkshire Regiment.
While Prince Andrew has given up the majority of his patronages as a result of the scandal surrounding his acquaintance with Jeffrey Epstein, he still has military postings.
Despite the impossibility of him returning to public life, the Queen is said to have conveyed her desire for him to continue as a member of the Grenadier Guards.
“The Queen has let it be known to the regiment that she wants the Duke of York to remain as colonel, and the attitude is that nobody wants to do anything that could upset the colonel-in-chief,” a senior military source told the Sunday Times. It’s a challenging and unsatisfactory scenario.
Brinkwire Summary News: “His position is untenable.”