Royal Family news: Prince Andrew 'reduced to NOTHING' as The Queen took 'swift action' to save Firm from BBC nightmare | The Sun

THE Queen was forced to take swift action against Prince Andrew after the Duke's shameful Newsnight interview, a royal expert claims.

The 96-year-old monarch moved to "protect the institution" in 2019 when the Duke of York faced a widespread public backlash over his ties with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Matters were made worse when he opted to appear in a now-infamous BBC interview – where he claimed he is unable to sweat and was in a Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey on a night accuser Virginia Giuffre alleges he had sex with her.

Now, a Royal correspondent and expert has revealed Her Maj was forced to act quickly to protect the Firm from the "seismic" damage from the ill-fated interview.

Writing for The Times, Valentine Low revealed: “The Queen is there to protect the institution of the Royal Family and she will do that above all else. We saw this with Prince Andrew.”

Mr Low continued: “The damage from that was immediate and seismic.

“It was a very small number of days before he was stepping down from his royal duties.

“He went from a working Prince in the Royal Family to nothing.”

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news & updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Charles praises ‘amazing’ church organist who has been playing for 75 years

    The Duke of Cornwall was stunned with the organist during his visit to Scotland.

    He attended a church service at Canisbay Church in Caithess, and met an 89 year old organist who has been playing for 75 years.

    Mary Edmondson was reportedly honoured by Prince Charles, who presented her with a basket of flowers.

    She brought her little dog, Poppy, with her, whom Charles was reportedly taken by.

    Prince Charles and Mary are pictured in the photo, with little Poppy sitting in a tartan basket next to Mary.

    Credit: PA
  • Lauren Lomas

    The lavish £3,000 menu Prince William & Kate indulge in at Heathrow

    It has been claimed that while waiting to embark a flight, the family are served by a personal butler.

    Reportedly, they are cooked the most incredible dishes by a Michelin starred chef, Jason Atherton.

    Hello! magazine reported that they are given unlimited champagne, and can have an array of dishes.

    They usually dine at the airport’s Windsor Suite, where celebrities are also looked after.

  • Lauren Lomas

    The Queen has a ‘secret money problem’ according to royal expert

    Daniela Elser has spoken out about the financial affairs of the Royal Family, and the new purchase made my Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew.

    Royal expert, Daniela Elser, wrote for the NZ Herald, discussing the previous “bankruptcy” of Sarah Ferguson, who has recently spashed “mysterious new millions”.

    Prince Andrew also just paid off Virginia Giuffre an undisclosed sum of (probably millions) to end the sexual abuse court battle.

    Daniela said: “No one outside of Buckingham Palace knows how much the Queen and her family are worth, where much of their money comes from or what they spend it on.

    “And right there is the making of a possible, very serious future crisis for the royal house if it is not addressed head on.”

    The expert believes that the secrecy surrounding the family’s wealth is problematic as individuals such as Prince Philip and the Queen Mother manage to accrue such large wealth estates while coming from humble beginnings.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Kate helped a boy she thought was lost at Commonwealth

    A journalist talked about the surprising interaction between his son and the Duchess of Cambridge.

    A Times employee, Matthew Syed, was working at the Commonwealth.

    The Sports column writer was on his way to watch the Tennis, an event in which he won gold decades earlier, when he went to use the toilet on the first class carriage.

    As his son waited outside the vestibule, Kate saw Ted alone and began speaking to him.

    Syed recalled hearing the conversation in his column: “Are you here alone?” said the woman, to which Ted replied: “No, my dad is in there.”

    As they said goodbye to the duchess, Syed asked his son: “Did you realise who that was, son?”

    “No idea but she was really nice.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Harry ‘overplayed’ his hand in security row

    A former royal protection officer for Princess Diana shared his thoughts over Prince Harry’s legal battle with the Home Office.

    Reported by the Daily Mail, the ex security officer for the royal family, Ken Wharfe, has said Prince Harry has made an “unwise” choice, going ahead with the legal battle.

    Speaking to Pod Save The Queen podcast, Ken said: “I don’t know who advised him to take legal action against the British government and the Metropolitan Police.

    “I think it was an unwise thing to do because that in essence raises negative publicity.”

    “I can’t see why he was insistent that he had this full package and a team from Scotland Yard – in essence, he wasn’t really entitled to it being a non-working member of the British Royal Family.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Runs in the family! Zara Tindall takes one year old son to horseback competition

    She was joined by husband Mike Tindall, baby Lucas, daughter’s Mia and Lena, and Princess Anne.

    Zara Tindall competed on horseback at the Festival of British Evening at Gatcombe Park on Sunday.

    Her husband Mike was in attendance who looked after children Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one.

    Princess Anne was also in attendance, to support her daughter.

    Baby Lucas was spotted smiling and pointing at the horses, perhaps he has taken a shine to equestrian sports much like his mother, and grandmother.

    Credit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Charles struggles with royal duties and protecting the environment

    The Duke of Cornwall has spent decades campaigning for preserving the environment, but has to travel far and wide for his royal duties.

    In 2021, Princess Anne was praised for being the “hardest working royal” that year with 387 official engagements.

    Prince Charles came second, closely following his younger sister with 385.

    The hosts of ITV’s Royal Rota, said he is all too aware of the damage frequent travel has on the environment.

    It was discussed that: “They [Charles and Camilla] recognise the tensions between trying to fit in all the engagements and also trying to be environmentally friendly.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Charles praises ‘amazing’ church organist who has been playing for 75 years

    The Duke of Cornwall was stunned with the organist during his visit to Scotland.

    He attended a church service at Canisbay Church in Caithess, and met an 89 year old organist who has been playing for 75 years.

    Mary Edmondson was reportedly honoured by Prince Charles, who presented her with a basket of flowers.

    She brought her little dog, Poppy, with her, whom Charles was reportedly taken by.

    Prince Charles and Mary are pictured in the photo, with little Poppy sitting in a tartan basket next to Mary.

    Credit: PA
  • Lauren Lomas

    ‘I thought they didn’t have a penny,’ French billionaire fumes at Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

    News recently broke that Sarah Ferguson has splashed some major cash on a £5 million Mayfair property, that she won’t even live in.

    Billionaire Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, launched legal action against the two after they allegedly did not settle a bill for a whopping £3.4 million.

    This came after she agreed to sell a Swiss chalet to them for a lower cost as she believed the were strapped for cash.

    She told the Sunday Times: “I am outraged that I am now told she has spent millions on another property.”

    “I was forced to get lawyers involved and I settled for about half the amount [of the sale of the chalet].

    “I understood they didn’t have the money and believed he would be going to prison in America so I thought it best to get what I could.”

    Credit: JON BOND- The Sun
  • Lauren Lomas

    Meghan Markle slammed as a ‘D-list actress’ by US commentator

    The savage remarks were made by Candace Owens.

    Speaking to Matt Walsh, the conservative American commentator said: “This is a Hollywood star going into a country that loves it’s traditions and then accusing them of being fundamentally racist.”

    “It’s the height of ignorance to me to have this D-list actress that nobody knew go over there,” she slammed.

    Candance continued: “I think we’re just tired of the race narrative here in America and it’s just obnoxious that we’ve sent this girl to start the same thing overseas.”

    However, not everyone agrees with Candace, and have taken to Twitter to air their concerns about her comments.

    One said: “Candance Owens is a horrible figurehead.”

    Another penned: “Candance Owens is a vile human being who really shouldn’t judge others she would throw her own relatives under the bus (just like Meghan) if she thought it would help her politically.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Princess Beatrice’s name changed by the Queen

    The Queen did not approve of the original name her son, and his then wife and mother of Beatrice, picked out for their daughter.

    Reportedly, the Queen was not a fan of the name Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson chose for Beatrice when she was born.

    Originally, when wanted to name their daughter Princess Annabel, according to The Sun.

    Her Royal Highness was not impressed with the name, allegedly saying it was too “yuppie,” and so they chose Beatrice instead.

    They later brought Princess Eugenie into the world.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen will continue to do less

    The monarch has cancelled her welcome event to Balmoral.

    The event takes place each year when she heads to Balmoral for her Summer break, but this year, due to reduced mobility, the 96-year-old has instead opted for a private event on the estate.

    As her health declines, according to The Economist, Prince Charles will begin to matter more as his reign becomes imminent.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ann Widecombe slams Prince Harry as royal speaks out on US politics

    The former Brexit-party MP has taken aim at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after the couple slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke Roe vs Wade.

    Speaking in front of the UN, the Prince highlighted the importance of reproductive freedom for women.

    Ann Widecombe has since criticised his comments.

    She said: “I’ve given up commenting on them really. I don’t think any member of the Royal Family should ever make a public political comment.

    “However, their retort would be, ‘Well, we’ve been stripped of our Royalty’.”

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    Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir to face stiff competition from other Royal books

    While Royals fans across the globe are eagerly awaiting the release of Harry’s tell-all memoir, it won’t be the only Royal book releasing this year.

    In fact, a slew of Royal books are set to launch before the years end, including one written by Valentine Low – the journalist who broke the story of Meghan’s bullying accusation.

    That isn’t all, November will see Angela Levin’s biography of the Duchess of Cornwall launch.

    And all these follow Tom Bower’s recent smash hit ‘Revenge’ that chronicled Meghan’s feud with the Firm.

    Which Royal offering are you anticipating the most?

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    Inside Harry and Meghan’s stunning $14m California mansion

    Their luxury Montecito mansion is a sight to behold, rivalling some of the biggest properties in California.

    The mansion features 9 bedrooms and a staggering 19 bathrooms.

    However, Harry, aged 37, and Meghan, aged 40, are reportedly “not over the moon” about their California home, however, and may plan to sell it, according The Mirror.

    Insiders claim that the couple are looking for another property in Southern California.

    Since moving in, the royal pair have made a series of changes to the stunning property.

    Harry and Meghan have added state-of-the-art security features including CCTV cameras, and renovated much of the home.

  • Lauren Lomas

    The lavish £3,000 menu Prince William & Kate indulge in at Heathrow

    It has been claimed that while waiting to embark a flight, the family are served by a personal butler.

    Reportedly, they are cooked the most incredible dishes by a Michelin starred chef, Jason Atherton.

    Hello! magazine reported that they are given unlimited champagne, and can have an array of dishes.

    They usually dine at the airport's Windsor Suite, where celebrities are also looked after.

  • Lauren Lomas

    The Queen has a 'secret money problem' according to royal expert

    Daniela Elser has spoken out about the financial affairs of the Royal Family, and the new purchase made my Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew.

    Royal expert, Daniela Elser, wrote for the NZ Herald, discussing the previous "bankruptcy" of Sarah Ferguson, who has recently spashed "mysterious new millions".

    Prince Andrew also just paid off Virginia Giuffre an undisclosed sum of (probably millions) to end the sexual abuse court battle.

    Daniela said: "No one outside of Buckingham Palace knows how much the Queen and her family are worth, where much of their money comes from or what they spend it on.

    "And right there is the making of a possible, very serious future crisis for the royal house if it is not addressed head on."

    The expert believes that the secrecy surrounding the family's wealth is problematic as individuals such as Prince Philip and the Queen Mother manage to accrue such large wealth estates while coming from humble beginnings.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Queen to host public event inside Balmoral Castle

    The traditional public welcoming ceremony has been relocated to take place behind closed doors.

    Queen Elizabeth usually inspects a guard of honour, but this year the guard will come to the private grounds for this to take place.

    This year the ceremony will be much more intimate and out of the media's gaze.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince William won’t visit his brother during US trip says expert

    The Duke of Cambridge will jet across the pond for the Earthshot Prize awards later on this year.

    His project was launched in 2021, where 50 finalists will win £1 million to put towards environmentally helpful solutions to climate change.

    It will take place in December this year, in Boston, Massachusetts.

    However, despite being in the same country as his brother, it is thought he will not pay Prince Harry a visit.

    Speaking on ITV’s Royal Rota podcast, Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson discussed the likelihood of the two hanging out: “It is very unlikely that William is going to pop over to California while he’s there as it will be much later in the year after Harry’s book.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    ‘I thought they didn’t have a penny,’ French billionaire fumes at Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

    News recently broke that Sarah Ferguson has splashed some major cash on a £5 million Mayfair property, that she won’t even live in.

    Billionaire Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, launched legal action against the two after they allegedly did not settle a bill for a whopping £3.4 million.

    This came after she agreed to sell a Swiss chalet to them for a lower cost as she believed the were strapped for cash.

    She told the Sunday Times: “I am outraged that I am now told she has spent millions on another property.”

    “I was forced to get lawyers involved and I settled for about half the amount [of the sale of the chalet].

    “I understood they didn’t have the money and believed he would be going to prison in America so I thought it best to get what I could.”

    Credit: JON BOND- The Sun
  • Lauren Lomas

    Sharon Osborne claims Sussexes are ‘totally lost’

    Appearing on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Sharon Osborne gave her view of the Sussexes.

    Despite having a reality show centred around her family, Osborne stated to Piers “all families have their problems. No one wants to know about it.”

    She went on to say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “want more than just their freedom. They want to be two very important people.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Prince Harry 'overplayed' his hand in security row

    A former royal protection officer for Princess Diana shared his thoughts over Prince Harry's legal battle with the Home Office.

    Reported by the Daily Mail, the ex security officer for the royal family, Ken Wharfe, has said Prince Harry has made an "unwise" choice, going ahead with the legal battle.

    Speaking to Pod Save The Queen podcast, Ken said: "I don't know who advised him to take legal action against the British government and the Metropolitan Police.

    "I think it was an unwise thing to do because that in essence raises negative publicity."

    "I can't see why he was insistent that he had this full package and a team from Scotland Yard – in essence, he wasn't really entitled to it being a non-working member of the British Royal Family."

    Former personal protection officer to the Princess of Wales Ken WharfeCredit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Princess Beatrice’s name changed by the Queen

    The Queen did not approve of the original name her son, and his then wife and mother of Beatrice, picked out for their daughter.

    Reportedly, the Queen was not a fan of the name Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson chose for Beatrice when she was born.

    Originally, when wanted to name their daughter Princess Annabel, according to The Sun.

    Her Royal Highness was not impressed with the name, allegedly saying it was too “yuppie,” and so they chose Beatrice instead.

    They later brought Princess Eugenie into the world.

    Credit: Getty
  • Lauren Lomas

    Parker-Bowles part of Windsor-Spencer memorable day

    It’s known that Prince Charles and his now-wife Camilla had an affair while the prince was married the first time.

    Prince Charles was married the late-Princess Diana, during which he was having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

    The latter attended their wedding, a memory Princess Diana held: “I knew she was in there, of course. I looked for her. So walking down the aisle, I spotted Camilla, pale grey, veiled pillbox hat, saw it all, her son Tom standing on a chair. To this day, you know—vivid memory.”

  • Lauren Lomas

    Kate helped a boy she thought was lost at Commonwealth

    A journalist talked about the surprising interaction between his son and the Duchess of Cambridge.

    A Times employee, Matthew Syed, was working at the Commonwealth.

    The Sports column writer was on his way to watch the Tennis, an event in which he won gold decades earlier, when he went to use the toilet on the first class carriage.

    As his son waited outside the vestibule, Kate saw Ted alone and began speaking to him.

    Syed recalled hearing the conversation in his column: “Are you here alone?” said the woman, to which Ted replied: “No, my dad is in there.”

    As they said goodbye to the duchess, Syed asked his son: “Did you realise who that was, son?”

    “No idea but she was really nice.”

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