Prince Andrew facing trial over allegations he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 is the stuff of nightmares for the Queen, a royal expert has said.
This week Her Majesty stripped her son of his military titles and royal patronages and said he can no longer use the title His Royal Highness.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! that the Queen will be "frustrated" with how the situation has been handled, especially on the year of her Diamond Jubilee.
Mr Larcombe said: "As a mother, this is the stuff of nightmares.
"The Queen on her Jubilee year, is being hit by this double whammy effect of trouble for the firm and trouble for the family.
The Queen stripped Andrew of his titles
"She has spent so many years building and the building the reputation, and then suddenly it comes out.
"The Epstein thing has been under the surface for a decade, but it’s now exploded.
"It’s one disaster after the other."
Duncan said following the news Andrew will be facing the civil trial, the question we will be asking is: "What can the Queen do to protect the reputation of the royal family through this?"
And answering that, he claims that her Majesty now "has no control" and there is "little" she can do, other than strip her "favourite son" of his title.
The Queen is said to be frustrated
"This is something that she will now regret not taking total control of back in 2011," he shared.
"The reality for the Queen now is that it's out of control. There's nothing she can do to rescue her son from this."
He added: "I cannot see a way back for Prince Andrew now.
"The nature of these accusations is such that I don't know how he could ever recover his reputation.
Andrew is facing a civil trial
"Their strategy is going to have to basically react to what happens and how this unfolds.
"There have been key moments in her reign where she has had to make quite major adjustments.
"Who knows what the solution will be."
The Queen's ruthless decision came less than 24 hours after New York judge Lewis Kaplan ruled he must face a civil trial on allegations he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre when she was 17. He denies the accusations.
But he will now have to face his trial as an ordinary citizen.
Buckingham Palace said yesterday: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“He will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
A royal source told the Mirror yesterday: “The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are completely aligned in their view that the Duke of York has presided over a complete and utter disaster.”