THE Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his title because

The Duke of York was sensationally STRIPPED of his military & HRH honours by the Queen amid his sex assault scandal.

The news was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening - just days after a US judge ruled the abuse claims against him should go to trial.

The Queen felt she had no choice but to make the "ruthless and swift" decision for the good of the Royal Family as an institution, the Daily Mail reported.

Her Majesty is said to have "widely discussed" what to do with Andrew with her family, with Prince Charles and Prince William said to be "instrumental" in influencing the final decision she arrived at on Wednesday.

Prince Andrew was summoned for a 90-minute meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle yesterday, driven there by his personal lawyer Gary Bloxsome who was reportedly unable to enter the building and was forced to wait in the car.

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