Royal expert shares why Queen stood by Andrew until the very end

Royals: Queen stood by Prince Andrew until the end

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The royal author’s latest book is called The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown and it provides stories from palace courtiers, documentarians and aides about the Queen’s unrivalled reign. It also explores Prince Andrew’s relationship with the late monarch during his fall from grace. Katie Nicholl explained how the Queen reportedly dealt with the Duke of York on the latest instalment of Lorraine. 

Christine Lampard, who was stepping in for veteran host Lorraine Kelly, was eager to find out what Katie’s book entailed.

The author explained it details Prince William and Kate Middleton’s roles in the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals and Andrew’s downfall. 

Andrew settled a civil sexual assault case brought against him in America by Virginia Giuffre earlier this year. 

The pair reached an out-of-court settlement and the Duke paid an undisclosed sum to Ms Giuffre. 

Andrew has always strenuously denied the claims made against him by Ms Giuffre. 

However, Andrew was stripped of his royal titles in the wake of the legal battle. 

He did not take part in the salute to the Queen’s coffin because he is no longer an active royal. 

The father-of-two was seen fighting back tears at his mother’s funeral as he followed her coffin to Westminster Abbey on September 19. 

With the period of national mourning now over, Christine and Katie discussed the new era of the British monarch under King Charles III’s reign. 

“What is the future, do you think, for Prince Andrew?” Christine asked. “The Queen did seem like she was protecting him to some extent, I feel.” 

Katie replied: “I think she was, and one of the things which I write about in the book from sources very close to me, what that she asked Andrew what had happened. 

“She put on the spot about those allegations and he assured her that he was innocent.

“As a mother, as well as the Queen, she did stand by Andrew until the end.” 

Following the Queen’s death, Andrew released a statement which read: “It has been an honour and privilege to serve you. 

“Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honouring their respect.”

He added: “As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide.”

Christine and Katie also touched upon season five of The Crown which will be released on Netflix in due course. 

Christine said: “That’s entering into that phase of King Charles’ life where – it’s a period he doesn’t want to reflect on, but we’re all going to be talking about it.”

Katie replied: “Well we’ll all be watching and all be talking about it!”

A teaser trailer for the series showed a clip of Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as King Charles when their marriage hit the rocks. 

Lorraine airs on weekdays from 9am on ITV. 

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