Andrew ‘sacked’ from Windsor as he leaves HRH style like Harry and Meghan

The Duke of York is the third senior royal in two years to stop using his HRH style as the monarchy’s troubled times show no sign of abating.

ndrew is following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who shed their HRH styles in 2020 after leaving their roles as royals in the Megxit saga.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said: “It looks like dismissal when you are ninth in line to the British throne.”

Writing for The Spectator, Mr Hunt said: “Prince Andrew is well and truly cut out. By his only family.

“From birth, he was styled as Her Royal Highness. He would go to his grave, freed from the weight of it. Removing the HRH style at the age of 61 would hurt the Queen’s son, who would lighten his royal status.” I don’t take it.”


Andrew was born in 1960 (PA) to an HRH and a prince

Like Harry and Meghan, Andrew retains his title, but will not use it in any official capacity.

He was born second in line to the throne in 1960 according to rules set by King George V in 1917 and was automatically His Royal Highness and a prince.

His mother gifted him her dukedom on his wedding day and it is unlikely to be removed at this stage, if at all, but much depends on the outcome of the civil sexual assault case he is facing .

The dukedom of York is dear to the monarch, previously held by his parents, George VI and the Queen Mother, and Andrew is often referred to as his so-called “favourite son”.

Mr Hunt said: “The Windsors could have waited for this civil action to run its course. The fact is not that they have not shown that Prince Andrew, and his repeated failures of judgment, marked the Platinum Jubilee of the Emperor.” In the year of 2000, she was poisoning her brand.


There will be no more balcony appearances for Andrew (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Like Harry, Andrew remains in the line of succession, and is still Counsel to the Kingdom – although it is unlikely he will ever be called upon to hold such a role.

If the Queen cannot perform her official duties as Sovereign on a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad, two or more Counselors of the State are appointed by Letters Patent to act in her place.

The role of state counsel is performed by either of the monarch’s spouses and the next four adults in the line of succession, currently the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Harry and Andrew.

The Duke, although he has lost his honorary military roles and royal patronage, still holds the military rank of Vice Admiral.

As a former Royal Member of the Armed Forces serving in the Royal Navy, he was promoted in line with his still-serving peers and was made Vice Admiral by the Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015.

He was to be promoted to admiral in 2020 on his 60th birthday, but asked to postpone it after stepping down from public duties.

Diana, Princess of Wales, had completely ditched her HRH style.

After her divorce from the Prince of Wales in 1996, she became Diana, Princess of Wales, instead of her previous HRH The Princess of Wales.


Diana was completely stripped of her HRH style after the divorce (John Stillwell/PA)

Andrew’s ex-wife, who was HRH The Duchess of York, became Sarah, Duchess of York, after their separation.

The deposed Edward VIII became Duke of Windsor and eventually married American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1937 while in exile in France, and none of the royal family attended.

But he retained his HRH style.

A letter patent by his brother, the new King George VI, ruled that Edward “born in the linear succession of the Crown” should “only have the right to hold and enjoy the title or attribute of the Royal Highness’s style”.

Mrs Simpson became the Duchess of Windsor, but was never allowed to adopt the style of HRH, bid by George VI’s Letters Patent.