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Queen Elizabeth news: Prince Andrew could be stripped of his Duke of York title as he 'must be interviewed by police'

The Queen's son, Prince Andrew, has been rocked by claims that he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses sex abuse lawsuit.

It has been reported that this decision would send him to “internal exile” – which aside from stopping him using his title and other options, would also mean him giving up all his charity links.

A source told The Sunday Times: “If he loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.”

Alongside this, a top lawyer has said that Prince Andrew should be quizzed by the Met Police about his knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's child sex trafficking.

According to former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, anything linking them to the UK must be fully investigated.

The Express reported that ex-Chief Crown Prosecutor for the north west of England, Mr Afzal, said that cops to go one step further and review all alleged offences "without fear or favour" – including questioning Andrew if necessary.

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  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Andrew’s security needs an urgent review, warns expert

    A ROYAL protection expert has warned Prince Andrew’s security needs an urgent review after his pal Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction.

    Dai Davies, ex-head of protection for the Queen and Royal Family, said the verdict could lead to people becoming fixated on the duke.

    He said: “Prince Andrew has not been convicted of anything — but the Maxwell verdict is a game-changer.

    “That opens the floodgates to criticism of him – which in turn means more people will become fixated upon him and increases the threat."

    It comes after Jaswant Singh Chail, 19, was sectioned after allegedly being stopped in the grounds at Windsor armed with a crossbow.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Andrew backed by family

    It appears that the Duke of York has his family’s backing – with Sarah Ferguson insisting she “completely stands by Andrew 100 per cent”.

    She told Italian talk show Porta a Porta this month: “I completely stand by Andrew 100 per cent.

    “He is such a kind, great man, he is a brilliant father and now a fantastic grandfather… 

    “I feel very strongly that in this day and age that we must stand by our hearts, what we think is right with integrity and honour and loyalty.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Sarah Ferguson, Beatrice & Eugenie walk arm in arm in ski resort 

    Fergie, 62, was joined by Princesses Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31 – and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank – for a winter break in Verbier.

    The mum and her daughters linked arms as they headed down a hillside road towards the family's £17.5million chalet.

    The group jetted off to the Swiss ski resort on Boxing Day.

    But – despite the blue sky and perfect snow conditions – they have not taken to the slopes yet, with Fergie keeping in constant contact with her ex-husband Andrew, sources claim.

    Sarah Ferguson walked arm-in-arm with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at a Swiss ski resort todayCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • Milica Cosic

    Ian Maxwell's comments come as:

    • Prince Andrew has been rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses a sex abuse lawsuit;
    • A royal protection expert has warned Prince Andrew’s security needs an urgent review after Maxwell’s conviction;
    • Legal experts believe Bill Clinton should face investigation over his ties to Epstein and Maxwell.

    Ghislaine Maxwell 'will NOT name names or cut deals'

    GHISLAINE Maxwell will NOT name names or cut a deal to reduce her 65-year jail term for sex trafficking, her brother has claimed.

    Ian Maxwell, 65, believes no deals will be put on the table ahead of his predator sister's sentencing for procuring young girls for her paedo ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein.

    Mr Maxwell's comments will come as a relief for lawyers of Prince Andrew – who have reportedly been locked in emergency talks over whether Epstein's madam could "name names" to get a lighter sentence.

    Mr Maxwell told the Sunday Times: "Prosecution confirmed no plea bargain offers were made or received [before the trial].

    "I expect that position to be maintained."

    Meghan & Harry 'looking to sell' £11m home

    It has been claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are "thinking of selling" their California mansion after just 18 months – as they are not "over the moon" about the property.

    A source told the Sunday People: “They are thinking of selling their house there. However, it won’t be on the market because of who they are. It’s only being shown to people who are confirmed with funds and are serious buyers.”

    The source added: “They want to stay in the neighbourhood or nearby but they aren’t over the moon about the house and the location.”

    Embarrassing 'discovery'

    On Friday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Prince Andrew’s bid to halt the potentially embarrassing “discovery” process in the lawsuit against him.

    It has already seen his lawyers forced to reveal there were no witnesses to corroborate his mocked claim that he was at Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, on a night he allegedly slept with Virginia.

    They also said he had no documents regarding the “peculiar medical condition” that prevented him from sweating, which he stated in his “car crash” BBC Newsnight interview in November 2019.

    His lawyers argued the discovery process should be stopped while they quiz Virginia under oath to examine if the mum of three – who lives in Australia – was “domiciled” in the US as she claimed.

    They argued that if they could prove she was not, a New York court would not be the correct jurisdiction for the case.

    Their bid was halted two days after Andrew’s university pal Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five of six charges.

    The English heiress is now facing up to 65 years in jail.

    'If the case succeeds Andrew must go'

    Andrew is currently colonel-in-chief of nine military units, regiments and corps – but top brass think his roles have become "untenable".

    One insider said: "If the case succeeds he must go and that is the correct decision."

    Another added: "Even if Andrew is completely exonerated from any wrongdoing he is now regarded as toxic. It is expected he will do the decent thing and resign."

    The claims come as the Duke, 61, faced a “critical” 48 hours to get his accuser’s case against him thrown out.

    Prince Andrew rocked by claims he could be stripped of his title

    PRINCE Andrew was last night rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses a lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre.

    Royal courtiers were reported to have discussed plans to send him into “internal exile” — including stopping him using his title and other options, such as giving up all his charity links.

    One source told The Sunday Times: “If he loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.”

    They reported that royal insiders said it would be difficult to persuade the Queen to take away the title of Duke of York as “it was held by her father, George VI, before he became king and she bestowed it on her favourite son. But he has disgraced that title”.

    • Milica Cosic

      The most anticipated Royal birth of all time

      Research conducted by childcare experts Little Ones London, analysed Google trends data for major Royal births over the past eight years, to discover which Royal birth had the biggest influence of all.  

      The birth of Archie Harrison, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, caused more online interest than any other Royal baby, new research can reveal. 

      • Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor had the most talked-about Royal birth in the UK, with searches for ‘royal baby’ skyrocketing 2700% at the time of his birth  
      • Princess Charlotte had the second most influential Royal birth, causing searches for ‘royal baby’ to explode 1000% the month that she was born 
      • Prince Louis, Prince George and Lilibet Diana also had some of the most talked about Royal births  

      Piers Morgan: ‘powerful men could be sweating… and not sweating’

      PIERS Morgan says “a lot of powerful people could be sweating… and not sweating” in a jibe at Prince Andrew following Ghislaine Maxwell’s guilty verdict.

      TV host Piers has questioned whether Maxwell will “name names” to in a bid to dodge a lengthy sentence as she faces the prospect of dying in jail.

      He wrote on Twitter: “Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison?

      “If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight… and not sweating.”

      His remark about “not sweating” came as a dig at the Duke of York after he claimed in his disastrous BBC interview that he “couldn’t sweat”.

      The reason Harry & Meghan ‘constantly hold hands’ REVEALED

      An astrologer and body language expert has commented about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s public displays of affection.

      Expert Inbaal Honigman said: “Looking at Harry and Meghan, they are certainly in love.

      “They haven’t been married for that many years, and are still having babies, which is a very loving stage of a relationship.

      “So their constant hand holding, cuddling, leaning on each other, are displays of affection, which are definitely genuine and not for the cameras.”

      2022 to be a monumental year for the Queen

      The Queen is due to reach her historic Platinum Jubilee in 2022, becoming the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

      The national Jubilee festivities are taking place in June over a four-day holiday weekend.

      But the Queen is actually set to pass the milestone on February 6 – the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in 1952.

      The Queen usually spends her accession day privately at Sandringham, but it is possible she may be seen at church, or carry out a local engagement in Norfolk as she has done in the past on milestone jubilees.

      The royal extravaganza from June 2-5 – with an extra Bank Holiday – includes Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a visit to the Epsom Derby, a live concert at Buckingham Palace, and street parties and picnics.

      A Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be staged on June 5 against the backdrop of the Palace and along The Mall in central London, and combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.

      But how much the public will see of the Queen during the celebrations has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

      Queen Elizabeth enjoys celebrating New Year’s Eve by playing ‘lucky dip’ game

      PLAYING games is a surefire way to have fun with friends while seeing in the New Year.

      And even the Queen likes to get involved in such festivities, with her favourite activity for New Year’s Eve a game called Lucky Dip.

      According to author Brian Hoey, who wrote the book At Home with The Queen, Her Majesty is given a tub of sawdust by a footman – with pieces of folded paper hidden inside.

      On each piece of paper is a message or prediction for the year ahead, with the Queen and her guests taking it in turns to pick a piece of paper out of the tub and read its contents aloud.

      “Each member of the Royal Family takes a lucky dip and if their particular forecast is not very favourable the poor footman gets the blame,” Brian writes in his book.

      Knighthood for Tony Blair and Covid scientists

      The medical chiefs leading the UK’s battle against coronavirus have been recognised in the New Year Honours list while the Queen has knighted former prime minister Tony Blair.

      The longest-serving Labour PM said it was an “immense honour” to have been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry, to which appointments are in the Queen’s gift without advice from the Government.

      England’s chief medical officer (CMO), Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO, Jonathan Van-Tam, and Wales’ and Scotland’s CMOs, Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith, have been given knighthoods.

      There are also damehoods for UK Health Security Agency chief, Dr Jenny Harries, and Dr June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), after a year in which the threat of new variants arose and more than 130 million vaccinations were administered.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Prince Andrew ‘guilty by association’ and needs urgent security review, says expert

        A ROYAL protection expert has warned Prince Andrew’s security needs an urgent review after his pal Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction.

        Dai Davies, ex-head of protection for the Queen and Royal Family, said the verdict could lead to people becoming fixated on the duke.

        He said the Christmas Day arrest of an armed intruder at Windsor Castle had heightened safety concerns over the royals.

        He said: “Prince Andrew has not been convicted of anything — but the Maxwell verdict is a game-changer.

        “That’s because he is now guilty by association of being linked to two convicted paedophiles in her and Jeffrey Epstein.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Prince Andrew rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York

        PRINCE Andrew was last night rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses a lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre.

        Royal courtiers were reported to have discussed plans to send him into “internal exile” — including stopping him using his title and other options, such as giving up all his charity links.

        Ms Giuffre alleges that he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17, which the Prince denies, and is suing for unspecified damages.

        One source told The Sunday Times: “If he loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.”

        They reported that royal insiders said it would be difficult to persuade the Queen to take away the title of Duke of York as “it was held by her father, George VI, before he became king and she bestowed it on her favourite son. But he has disgraced that title”.

      • Joseph Gamp

        EastEnders legend June Brown awarded OBE in Honours list

        Actress June Brown, best known as chain-smoking Albert Square stalwart Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours.

        She has been recognised for services to drama and to charity.

        The veteran actress said: "Thank you for the award. It is a great honour and I would like to thank Her Majesty, and all those involved in my recommendation."

        Brown, 94, was previously made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008 for services to drama and charity.

        She served in the Women's Royal Naval Service at the end of the Second World War, and then left to train at London's Old Vic Theatre School in Lambeth.

        Before joining EastEnders in 1985, Brown appeared in a spate of TV shows including Coronation Street (1970-71), where she played Mrs Parsons, and The Duchess Of Duke Street (1976), where she starred as Mrs Leyton.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Journalist sparks fury after joking The Queen should have died instead of Betty White

        A JOURNALIST has been blasted after she jokingly suggested The Queen should have died instead of Betty White.

        Freelance journalist Nylah Burton, who has written for a number of titles including Bustle and The New York Times, deleted her Twitter account after posting a number of comments on her social media page.

        Burton initially tweeted: “BETTY WHITE IS DEAD!?! Why couldn't it have been Queen Elizabeth?”

        Despite her comment causing outrage, she then repeated her views a second time on Friday evening.

        She replied to a commentator who had criticized her: “Why not Queen Elizabeth?? The universe took the wrong old white lady smdh.”

        Following the intensive backlash, Burton at first switched her account to private before removing it completely later Friday.

        The journalist, who has written for a number of outlets including the HuffPost, Business Insider and Yahoo, was slammed for what many saw as her vile views.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Pandemic fundraiser Tobias, 11, 'chuffed' to receive honour from Queen

        Inspirational fundraiser Captain Tobias says he is "chuffed to bits" after finding out he is the youngest person on record to feature in the New Year Honours.

        Tobias Weller was told just a month after his 11th birthday that he will be receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) and now he cannot wait for a chance to meet the Queen at a royal garden party.

        Tobias, who has cerebral palsy and autism, was nicknamed "Captain" after he was inspired by his hero Captain Sir Tom Moore to start raising money during the pandemic lockdowns.

        He completed his third challenge in September and has so far raised more than £157,000 for Paces School, where he is a student, and The Children's Hospital Charity, in his home town of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Charles urges world to remember those defending human rights in New Year message

        The Prince of Wales has called on the world to remember those "standing up for freedom and human rights" in places like Syria and Afghanistan.

        In a New Year message released on the first day of 2022, Charles also paid tribute to the "brave individuals, local communities and international organisations" who are "responding to great needs by providing vital assistance".

        The heir to the throne recently visited Jordan and learnt first hand how the Middle East country has for decades been a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region including Syria.

        The prince said in his message: "As we start a New Year, we might take a moment to remember the many people around the world who are standing up for freedom and human rights.

        "In places such as Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, among others, the threats and reality of political and religious persecution and insecurity are coupled with an increasingly dire humanitarian situation.

        "In the face of such adversity, incredibly brave individuals, local communities and international organizations are responding to great needs by providing vital assistance.

        "I pray for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and that we might all be blessed with the courage to support those in need, wherever they may be."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Doctor among first to spot Covid effects on ethnic minorities made a cbe

        A leading diabetes doctor who was also among the first to identify the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minority groups has been recognised with a royal honour.

        Professor Kamlesh Khunti, a University of Leicester scholar, Sage member and GP, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours list.

        Alongside Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Prof Khunti established the globally-recognised Leicester Diabetes Centre, which employs more than 170 researchers.

        He has also improved the health of ethnic minority people by leading a body of research throughout the pandemic, and working as chairman of the Sage ethnic sub-panel.

        Prof Khunti described being recognised by Buckingham Palace as a "huge honour", and paid tribute to his colleagues and his family.

        "I am truly humbled and I would like to dedicate the award to my team at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, the University of Leicester, my staff at the Hockley Farm Medical Practice, and most of all to my family," he said.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Comedian Adam Hills can't believe Honour 'is not a prank'

        Comedian Adam Hills said he did not tell his family he had been named in the New Year Honours list because he was "still not convinced someone isn't playing a prank on me".

        The Australian TV presenter and comic, 51, has been made an MBE for services to Paralympic sport and disability awareness.

        He has hosted Channel 4's The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker since its inception in 2012.

        Hills, who has a prosthetic foot, told the PA news agency: "I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be given this honour. I've already googled 'Australian comedians who have received honours', 'when can I start writing MBE after my name?' and 'are Australians even eligible for an MBE?'.

        "Turns out the answers are 'Barry Humphries and Clive James', 'when you receive the medal' and 'yes'.

        "Honestly though, for a boy from the southern suburbs of Sydney, this is quite a massive deal."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Comedian Adam Hills can't believe Honour 'is not a prank'

        Comedian Adam Hills said he did not tell his family he had been named in the New Year Honours list because he was "still not convinced someone isn't playing a prank on me".

        The Australian TV presenter and comic, 51, has been made an MBE for services to Paralympic sport and disability awareness.

        He has hosted Channel 4's The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker since its inception in 2012.

        Hills, who has a prosthetic foot, told the PA news agency: "I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be given this honour. I've already googled 'Australian comedians who have received honours', 'when can I start writing MBE after my name?' and 'are Australians even eligible for an MBE?'.

        "Turns out the answers are 'Barry Humphries and Clive James', 'when you receive the medal' and 'yes'.

        "Honestly though, for a boy from the southern suburbs of Sydney, this is quite a massive deal."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Knighthood for Tony Blair and Covid scientists

        The medical chiefs leading the UK's battle against coronavirus have been recognised in the New Year Honours list while the Queen has knighted former prime minister Tony Blair.

        The longest-serving Labour PM said it was an "immense honour" to have been made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry, to which appointments are in the Queen's gift without advice from the Government.

        England's chief medical officer (CMO), Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO, Jonathan Van-Tam, and Wales' and Scotland's CMOs, Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith, have been given knighthoods.

        There are also damehoods for UK Health Security Agency chief, Dr Jenny Harries, and Dr June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), after a year in which the threat of new variants arose and more than 130 million vaccinations were administered.

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