The Duke of York and the Duke of Sussex will not be awarded Jubilee medals like other members of the Armed Forces, it's been reported.
Marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne, around 400,000 medals are expected to be awarded to serving members of the police, fire, emergency and prison services. Royals holding honorary positions in the military are also included in the list.
However, Prince Andrew, 61, and 37 year old Harry are not eligible to receive medals, which will be handed out on 6 February 2022, according to The Telegraph.
OK! Online has approached the Queen's representatives for further comment.
Prince Harry was stripped of his military title as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he took over from his grandfather, back in January 2020 after stepping down as a senior member of the Royal Family.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew was stripped of his royal patronages and 12 of his military affiliations by the Queen last week as he is set to face his sexual assault lawsuit as a "private citizen".
The Duke, who first stepped down from public duties in November 2019 and is currently ninth in line to the throne, will no longer be able to use "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity as he awaits a trial in his civil case against Virginia Giuffre in the US.
The Royal Family's Twitter account posted an official statement announcing the decision has been made with the support and "approval" of his 95 year old mother the Queen.
"With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen," it read.
The statement went on to say that the Duke, who spent 22 years in the Royal Navy, will also be acting as a "private citizen" during the duration of the case.
"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen," it added.
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Following the news, it was reported that Andrew became "tearful" over the decision as he believed he may have had time to “clear his name before his titles were removed”.
A senior defence source told The Mirror: “The Prince was tearful when told the news even though he had expected it. He feels that he has let so many people down, not least his mother, during her Platinum Jubilee year.”
An insider told the publication: “He had hoped that he might get some sort of stay of execution and be allowed to clear his name before his titles were removed.
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“There are a number of people in the royal household who are utterly convinced that he is innocent.
“But the clamour for Andrew’s scalp meant that a quick and brutal decision needed to be made.”
But, a source close to the Duke told OK!: “He's quite sanguine about it. He was mindful of the intense pressures building on the institution and recognised it was the right thing to do.”
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