Two years ago, Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world when they announced they were stepping down as members of the Royal Family. The couple relocated to California with their son, Archie, and have since welcomed a daughter, Lilibet Diana.
To add to the strain Queen Elizabeth II is facing, her son, Prince Andrew currently embroiled in a civil court case brought against him by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, Virginia Guiffre.
Andrew has vehemently denied all of the accusations made against him but they have seriously marred his reputation.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced Andrew has had his military affiliations and royal patronages removed.
It marks the latest development after Duke of York’s lawyers attempt to have a case brought against him by Ms Guiffre thrown out failed.
A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen”
He will retain his Duke of York title.
The Duke’s patronages will be distributed among members of the Royal Family.
“Such a cull is no longer really needed with Harry and Meghan’s self-imposed exile and The Duke of York’s enforced absence from royal life due to ongoing sex case.
“With a civil case against him brought by trafficked Virginia Roberts – now Mrs Giuffre – who accuses him of having sex with her three times whilst under the age of 18.
“That means he is no longer seen as a working member of the royal family and a return to public life of the 61-year Duke, is extremely unlikely.
“So the streamlining has happened naturally.
“It means going forward, that the pressure will increase on the Charles and Camilla
“But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant.
“This year promises to be especially difficult for the queen.”
He went on to say how the spotlight will be on Prince William and Kate in the future as well as the “extra workload”.
Mr Robson added: “For William and Catherine, however, the shining star stars of the monarchy, there is no respite.
“With Meghan and Harry out of the picture, the spotlight is on them and the extra workload too.”