Queen against stripping Prince Andrew of duke title, says palace source

Queen Elizabeth II will not force Prince Andrew to give up his Duke of York title, according to palace insiders.

Her Majesty will continue to support her son amid demands from the city council that he relinquish his dukedom. According to sources, she “certainly will not” force him to give up his remaining honourary title, which he has held since 1986.

It is said that she will likely ignore calls for parliament to amend legislation to strip him of the royal title. Any move to remove Prince Andrew’s Duke of York honour would involve a statute passed by both the House of Commons and the Lords.

However, a palace source claimed that the monarch “believes the matter to be settled.” The insider told the Mirror, “The Queen certainly will not take any further action in that regard. The Duke of York has stepped back from public life and already had a range of titles and associations removed and Her Majesty’s position has not deviated from that.”