Prince Andrew has finally been stripped of his honorary military titles, and of his royal patronages. He has also agreed to no longer to use the honorific HRH.
The Queen has been extremely reluctant to wield the axe but, as her predecessor Henry VIII knew, monarchs sometimes need to use the execution block on London’s Tower Hill, or its more humane modern equivalents, to preserve the institution of monarchy itself.
For years now, friends of mine who belonged to regiments or squadrons of which Prince Andrew was an honorary officer, have cringed.
The Grenadier Guards, in particular, have had to watch such glorious ceremonies as Trooping the Colour with their royal Colonel in Chief parading in their uniform, when everyone had the image in their mind of him walking through Central Park with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Or grinning at the camera in Ghislaine Maxwell’s Belgravia house, his arm round a 17-year-old’s midriff.
The Queen has been extremely reluctant to wield…