Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Grenadier Guards want the Duchess of Cambridge to replace Prince Andrew as their new colonel

The Grenadier Guards are believed to want Kate Middleton to replace Prince Andrew as their new colonel.

The Duke of York lost his honorary position when the Queen stripped him of his HRH title and military and charitable affiliations.

The role of colonel was returned to Her Majesty by default, but senior officials are understood to want the Duchess of Cambridge to take over.

If she were to take on the role, Kate, 40, would be the first appointed female colonel in the regiment’s 366-year history.

A senior source at the Grenadier Guards told The Times: ‘From straw polling to ranks, they would all love it to be Kate.

‘We all admire the way she has fit and behaved, she never seems to go wrong.’

The Grenadier Guards are understood to want the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) to take on the honorary role of colonel after the Duke of York was stripped of her remaining military titles

A military source told the publication that the new colonel’s name was to be announced on Monday, but was delayed.

The source said it was not the ‘Duchess of Cambridge’ but claimed the fact that the announcement was not made means they are ‘thinking about it again’.

The new colonel is decided by the regiment and the 95-year-old Queen, who takes the role of Andrew by default.

Formed by King Charles II in 1656, the Grenadier Guards have fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army, including the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars.

Andrew, 61, inherited an honorary role with the Grenadier Guards from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he retired from public life in 2017.

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It was one of the positions he held after he was first withdrawn from official duties in 2019.

But Andrew lost his honorary role when he was stripped of his military titles amid a sexual assault trial brought by Virginia Giuffre in the United States.

Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by pedophiles Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted of having sex with Prince three times as a teenager. The Duke of York vehemently denied the allegations.

Prince Andrew, 61, (pictured) inherited the Grenadier Guards role from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he retired from public life in 2017.

Prince Andrew, 61, (pictured) inherited the Grenadier Guards role from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he retired from public life in 2017.

If Kate were to take up the role, she would be the first appointed female colonel in the regiment's 366-year history.  Pictured: Members of the Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace

If Kate were to take up the role, she would be the first appointed female colonel in the regiment’s 366-year history. Pictured: Members of the Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace

She now has to fight rape and sexual assault claims in US courts as a private citizen.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that Andrew could lose his round-the-clock police protection as early as next month, when he was exiled as a frontline royal.

Sources said the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office are thoroughly reviewing their security.

Andrew, who is ninth in line to the throne, has so far been allowed his taxpayer-funded police bodyguards at the cost of a public purse of an estimated £2-3 million a year.

This has sparked intense public debate, especially because her nephew, Prince Harry, was stripped of her police protection after she quit her job as a working royal in 2020 and moved to the United States.

“While no one will comment publicly on this, it is an issue that is now being actively discussed by the Mets Royal and the VIP executive committee,” a source told the Daily Mail.

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‘Event [as regards Harry] is awkward and may prompt a decision sooner than later. If Harry, who is no longer a working royal, doesn’t get security in Britain, why should Andrew?’

Andrew, who stays at the 30-room Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor Estate, will always benefit from the round-the-clock security that comes with staying close to a royal residence.

It comes after Prince Andrew was stripped of his military titles amid a sexual assault trial brought in the United States by Virginia Giuffre (pictured)

It comes after Prince Andrew was stripped of his military titles amid a sexual assault trial brought in the United States by Virginia Giuffre (pictured)

But it is the security that is away from the property with him that will be discussed.

His children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, were stripped of their official royal protection several years ago due to public outcry over their worldwide antics, leading officials to regularly follow them on foreign trips.

His ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, who still lives with him, has officially had no taxpayer-funded protections since they divorced in 1996.

Other royals, including Princess Anne and Prince Edward, have withdrawn their protection, while royal grandchildren, including Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, have never taken it as adults.

Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the Home Office would comment at the time, nor would a representative for Andrew.

Dai Davies, the former head of royal security at Scotland Yard, said of Andrew possibly losing his bodyguards: ‘It is a huge step, although the potential risk is small, and strong arguments would be made that he does not need a “PPO”. [personal protection officer] The situation if he is no longer a working royal.’

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