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prince andrew is facing fresh questions about how he will continue to be able to afford both his lifestyle and his lawyers after being publicly cut adrift from his royal titles by the queen.

The Duke of York has long been the subject of speculation arising from the absence of public information about his income and a lifestyle replete with the trappings of a luxurious existence, including his sprawling Royal Lodge home in Windsor, a collection of luxury watches and the apparent recent acquisition of a £80,000 Range Rover.

Until he stepped back from public life following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, the Queen's second son received an annual allowance of about £250,000 paid from the monarch ’ s private Duchy of Lancaster income to fund his office at Buckingham Palace.

Alongside a modest Royal Navy pension of £20,000 a year, these are the prince's only publicly acknowledged sources of income.

Experts in royal finances have previously surmised that the Queen, whose annual private income stands at around at least £20m, has been available to financially support Andrew.

The decision by the Queen to strip the prince of his military titles, alongside an agreement apparently thrashed out with the involvement of Prince Charles that Andrew will no longer use his "HRH" styling, raises the question of whether any financial support offered by the monarch has also been removed.

It was revealed by i earlier this week that he is finalising the sale of his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier for some £17.5m after settling a £6m legal dispute with the former owner of the property.

Prince Andrew (pictured left in military uniform) was today stripped of his military honours by the Queen (right). He will also no longer be allowed to use the honorific 'HRH' in official capacity

The resulting proceeds of the sale are unclear given that the duke and his wife, Sarah Ferguson, are said to have taken out a £13m mortgage to fund the chalet purchase in 2014.

Whatever is left is nonetheless likely to have been earmarked for use in Andrew's legal fund as he pursues his defence against the sex allegations being brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, who could seek damages running into tens of millions of pounds should she win.

Even if the case results in vindication for the prince, his costs including a high-profile Los Angeles lawyer are likely to be substantial as it moves to a new and more intense phase following the failure of an attempt by Andrew's legal team to have the proceedings thrown out.

A source close to the duke last night insisted that he intends to continue fighting the case, adding : "This is a marathon, not a sprint."

For the royals, blood is always thicker than water. But with the Duke of York, sentiment has been replaced by steely pragmatism

The prince is believed to have profited significantly from the £15m sale of Sunninghill Park, the Windsor mansion bought for him and the Duchess by the Queen following their mansion.

The property was sold in 2007 for a figure some £3m over the £12m asking price to Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of Kazakhstan's former president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Although the prince was acquainted with both men, it has long been insisted that he had no involvement in the sale.

When asked about the last year's loan repayment, a spokesperson for the duke declined to comment on any specific transactions.

Gary Bloxsome, the Duke's trusted solicitor, whose insistence on telling Prince Andrew only the best case scenario has earned him the nickname 'Good News Gary'

First, his legal team's attempt to throw out his lawsuit got dismissed.

Then, mummy rubbed salt in the wound by agreeing to strip the Duke of all his military titles and royal patronages.

I mean, imagine going from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew to a common pauper named Andy.

It's not like he's even got his £18 million Swiss ski lodge to run off to anymore ... "With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York ’ s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

The Duke's most high-profile adviser has been extradition lawyer Clare Montgomery QC who battled to save Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from extradition after he was accused of multiple allegations of human rights abuses

"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

"I feel sorry for The Queen who certainly does not deserve to have this in her jubilee year," one Twitter user wrote.

Another added : "I hate the fact the queen will be hurting over this but it's the right thing to do."

And I get it- it can't be nice having a son who has collected more scandals than he now has medals, who has been pictured with one of the world's most notorious paedophiles and his convicted girlfriend, who went on national television to say he is unable to sweat.

Yesterday’s announcement drew a veil over Andrew’s 43-year association with the UK’s armed forces. However, the prince will retain his honorary rank of Vice Admiral, having been granted this by the Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015.

But- turning this story around to focus on the Queen is distracting us from the horrors of Andrew's allegations, which he has vehemently denied.

Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew's pal Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the royal on three occasions when she was 17.

andrew's attempt at dismissing the case using epstein's shameful deal is what we should be concerned over.

By immediately stripping Prince Andrew of his patronages, military titles and use of "His Royal Highness", she is expelling him from royal life.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement this afternoon, which read: 'With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen'

a well-placed palace source said the queen and her advisers had decided to follow 'the same model' of effective banishment with andrew as she had with the duke and duchess of sussex.

'It follows the same model as the Sussex separation.

The Queen's banishment of her favourite son is brutal and fair.

his conduct will cloud her platinum jubilee year, although the rest of the family in the uk will do everything they can to create a mood of celebration.

Last night a former Chief of the General Staff, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was a ‘widespread relief’ across the Army

Lt Hunt told the PA news agency : 'It's an unsavoury business ...

Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer representing nine of Epstein's victims, warned that her legal team would be entitled to 'ask any question they wanted to '.

Last night, the chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association, Tom Herring, said the prince had not been an active member of the organisation.

Default : Andrew ignores the court summons, meaning the court will rule in his absence.

Pictured: Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Queen Elizabeth II depart the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019

his other eye-raising claim was that he had been at a pizza express in woking that day at a children's party his daughter beatrice had attended.

miss roberts launched her damages claim against prince andrew in august last year, the duke has been unable to rely solely on his british team.

The toxic fall-out of Andrew's friendship with paedophile sex traffickerJeffrey Epstein threatens to dog The Firm for years.

the question is : can andrew find it in himself to do the right thing for the monarchy, while knowing whatever decision he takes will destroy the last remnants of his own reputation?

Miss Roberts alleges she was offered up to the prince and other wealthy and powerful friends of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Andrew strongly denies the claims

He left shortly after.

Whatever the outcome of the sexual assault lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, his mother's decision to redistribute his titles and positions to other family members means that Andrew will not get them back.

Forget the claim about "mutual agreement", that's academic.

It is a humiliating blow for the Prince, who was fiercely proud of his royal duties and his combat role in the Falklands War, and who must now – aged 61 – be pondering what he will be allowed to do for the rest of his life.

The prince, who remained on the Navy’s Active List until 2001, was also Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm and Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lossiemouth (pictured above)

She has finally lost patience.

Andrew's elder brother, Charles, and nephew, William, are also known to have taken a hard line, angered by his dismal judgement – and determined to protect the future of the crown they will wear.

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