According to the new book Prince William at 40, the Duke of Cambridge has “cut off all contact” with Prince Andrew and told the Queen to strip him of his military titles and patronages
Prince Andrew “should be banished” as far as his nephew Prince William is concerned, a source says in a new book by a royal expert.
William, who turns 40 later this year, is said to have taken a key role in deciding how the Royal Family would deal with the fallout of Andrew’s civil legal battle.
Virginia Guiffre made the claim against Andrew for damages, saying she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, a minor under US law.
Andrew denied the allegations against him and he later came to an out of court settlement with his accuser. The settlement is not an admission of guilt.
When the case looked as though it could be headed for trial, Andrew was stripped of his royal patronages and honorary military titles. I have also stopped using the style HRH.
And according to a new book, William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch, author Robert Jobson writes that while it was a difficult decision for the Queen and Prince Charles to strip Andrew of his titles, William was “able to take the emotion out of the situation”.
The book, which was serialized in the Mail On Sunday, adds that when Andrew’s case looked like it was headed for trial, it was William who went “straight” to the Queen “telling her calmly and clearly that Andrew’s role in the Royal Family had become untenable”.
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One source told the author: “The decision over the Duke of York was very difficult for the Queen and the Prince of Wales.
“They were obviously closer to Andrew than his nephew was. He could evaluate just how damaging his uncle was to the long-term future of the Monarchy.”
While another added: “There will be no public role or comeback for York, if the Duke of Cambridge has any input on the matter – and let me assure you, he does. He should be banished, as far as Prince William is concerned.” “
Meanwhile, the same book has also claimed that William has “a notably short fuse” in private and can sometimes be difficult to handle.
The author writes that the Duke of Cambridge “can be a bit of a shouter” and his “temper can “blow up at any time” when the future king is frustrated or when an issue concerns his family.
Jobson quotes royal sources who described the prince as an emotional character who, along with his brother Prince Harry, has occasionally unpredictable “extreme mood swings” – as did their mum, Princess Diana.
A former courtier reportedly told the author Jobson: “They both have quite extreme mood swings, just as Diana did. She could be your best friend one minute and the next your worst enemy.”
Insiders reportedly claim even William’s senior aides will “check which way the wind is blowing” before asserting themselves around him or broaching subjects that may be problematic.
Another close aid reportedly told Mr Jobson that William and wife Kate are known to have passionate discussions every now and then.
They said: “He can be a bit of a shouter when he loses it. It’s fair to say the Duke and the Duchess give as good as they get if their disagreement results in raised voices.
“But they know each other so well, it usually blows over quickly – and she is, on the whole, a major calming influence on him.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.