January 20, 2022, 3:21

    Prince Andrew may now have to fund own security, warns ex-royal protection boss

    Prince Andrew may now have to fund own security, warns ex-royal protection boss

    Prince Andrew may have to pay for his own security now that he has been stripped of his military affiliations, said an ex-head of a police royal protection unit.

    The Royal Family removed Andrew's military links and royal patronages on Thursday and said he will no longer be known as "His Royal Highness."

    The move has raised the question of whether the Queen's son will have his security paid for him.

    The bill to the taxpayer for Andrew’s annual security is said to be £2million and retired Chief Superintendent Dai Davis said for the time being he is likely to have a higher threat level as he is frequently in the news.

    The Royal Family removed Andrew's military links and royal patronages on Thursday
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    The Daily Mail reports that he said: "Whether (or not) he continues to use his titles, he remains the Queen’s son. Whether or not he is still afforded specialist protection will be based entirely around how serious intelligence suggests the threat level will be."

    Home Office advisers, the Queen’s private security and a specialist committee will decide what the threat level is, said Mr Davies.

    "If the threat level is low, then like junior royals and his own daughters he will have to fund protection himself," he was reported to have said.

    He added: "I think they will be very cautious until there has been a very thorough assessment and he will remain protected at least in the short term."

    Andrew, 61, was forced to step down from public duties in 2019
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    Andrew's children Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice no longer have official protection, since it was removed in 2011, and have to cover their security costs themselves.

    Thursday's move by the royal family means he will now lose all his royal connections.

    "With the queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York's military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

    The exact costs of royal security is not released by Scotland Yard due to claims it would compromise safety.

    MirrorOnline has contacted Scotland Yard for comment.

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