The Queen is facing backlash for her “unbelievable” decision for Prince Harry to give up his honours and patronages while Prince Andrew retains his own. This comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to the monarch that they would not be returning as working royals. Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed the “strange choice”.
Ms Bowie told listeners: “Other non-working royals do have honorary and military titles so that makes this feel like a strange choice.
“Prince Michael of Kent does, and so does Andrew.
“He still has his honorary titles and patronages.
“It’s unbelievable, I just don’t understand.”
‘Unbelievable!’ Queen sparks fury as Prince Andrew keeps royal honours while Harry loses
Ms Bowie said: ‘Other non-working royals do have honorary and military titles.’
In November 2019, the Duke of York stepped back from his public duties “for the foreseeable future”.
This came after the backlash to a BBC interview in which he spoke about his association with convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.
Upon stepping down, Andrew also withdrew from all 230 of his patronages.
However, he was allowed to continue to hold a number of military honours such as Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and Colonel-in-Chief of multiple British Army units.
Ms Bowie said: ‘It’s unbelievable, I just don’t understand.’
Ms Bowie said: ‘Andrew still has his honorary titles and patronages.’
In contrast, Harry has had to give up his remaining military honours: Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of RAF Base Honington and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.
Ms Fiorito explained why this was such a loss: “The Sussexes just bring so much to the Royal Family.
“I think if there was an arrangement to be made, it would really bolster the Firm and the monarchy.
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She added: “So I think everyone would have felt so good if there was some sort of compromise.
“If Harry was able to come and participate in Trooping the Colour, and these kinds of bigger events.
“Laying a wreath for Remembrance Day for example.
“We would just feel so great to see things like that where the family was able to figure something out.
“Instead, we have this, and I can’t imagine how Harry and Meghan feel.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK