Military roles, patronage, money: what Prince Andrew loses with his royal title


The decision to revoke the honors was announced in a brief statement issued by Buckingham Palace. “With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to hold no public office and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the statement read.

The revocation of the royal titles is a significant, but not unprecedented, decision against the prince who was born as a member of the royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Andrew is the third of four children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and is ninth in line behind his eldest brother Prince Charles, his son Prince William and his three children, Prince Harry and his two children. However, the Guardian has reported that Prince Andrew will retain his role as ‘Counsellor of State’, which allows him to take on the Queen’s official duties, should she be indisposed.

What titles will he lose?

Prince Andrew has been in Britain’s Royal Navy for more than two decades and served as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War. With the revocation of military titles, he will lose at least ten titles. This includes that of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment, Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own), Colonel in chief of the Yorkshire Regiment, colonel in chief of the Small Arms School Corps, commodore in chief of the Fleet Air Arm, colonel royal of the Royal Highland Fusiliers and colonel royal of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, according to a BBC report.

The report also highlights that Prince Andrew will also lose several overseas honorary titles such as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment, Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers of Canada and Colonel-in-Chief. leader of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment).

The titles were returned to the Queen with immediate effect. She should redistribute the titles among the other members of the royal family.

What we know about his finances

Estimating the net worth of any British royal is no easy task. According to media reports, Prince Andrew has two main sources of income – an annual pension of £20,000 which he receives from the Navy (which he left in 2001) and an annual allowance of £249,000 which he receives from the Buckingham Palace for his royal duties. The latter was reportedly suspended following the 2019 BBC interview in which Prince Andrew opened up about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In November 2019, Prince Andrew, in a statement from his official social media contacts, said he would step down from royal duties.

Apart from these, the prince is said to own several properties, including one given to him by the Queen for his marriage to his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. This property was sold in 2007 for a reported sum of £15 million.

Not a first

Prince Andrew is not the first royal to lose his official roles and titles. In January 2020, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were stripped of their patronages, HRH titles and, in Harry’s case, military roles. It came after the couple announced their decision to step back from royal duties after a long escalation of tensions with the British media and members of Buckingham Palace, among other reasons.

The duo moved to the United States, where Meghan was born and raised, and are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Although they retain their titles “His and Her Royal Highness”, Prince Harry and Meghan no longer use them. However, Harry, who like Prince Andrew was born in the palace, continues to use his title ‘prince’.

Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from working royal life also had financial implications. This meant that Harry and Meghan would not receive any income from the public Sovereign Grant which holds money paid by the Government to the Royal Family for the performance of their official duties. Later, it was announced that the couple had repaid around £2.4million of taxpayers’ money which had been used to renovate their home near Windsor Castle.

Before that, Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, lost her HRH title when she divorced Prince Charles in 1996.

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