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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

In just 49 words, Prince Andrew’s royal career was over. And there was no going back.

In announcing Andrew’s “military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the queen”, Buckingham Palace made clear his titles will never be returned – regardless of the outcome of any future legal proceedings.


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