We continue to learn more about Prince Andrew’s exit from his professional duties at Buckingham Palace after the Royal Family finally clued in and realized that, hey, maybe this guy is bad for the family brand. And while we still don’t know if anyone whispered, “Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out, your majesty” as palace guards escorted him out of his office. But we do know more about the alleged team that made it all happen. According to sources that recently spoke with People magazine, three generations of first-born royals were involved in Operation Bye Bye Andy.
There have been persistent rumors that Andrew is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite son, and was firmly on his side after his dumpster fire of an interview with the BBC. At one time, it was said that the only way Andrew would ever face accountability would be when The Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes King. Then Andrew announced he was stepping away from his official duties, and the rumor was that The Queen, with Charles’ help, had actually fired Andrew. Palace sources tell People that Andrew’s nephew and the future future King, Prince William, was a major player in getting him out.
“Senior members of the family were involved – the Prince of Wales and other members of the family as the Queen consulted and kept them informed,” one palace source tells People.
People notes that it shouldn’t be a surprise that Prince William was involved, as he’s been actively trying to make decisions that would impact his reign as King. One thing that keeps popping up in conversations about Prince William’s ongoing feud with his brother Prince Harry, is that William and Harry are on “different paths.” William’s path is all about having his face on coins and stamps one day, whereas Harry doesn’t care about any of that.
Having to stand next to Uncle Questionable Friendship at royal events might not want to be the image King William wants. Prince Andrew is only 22 years older than William, which means he might still be kicking around when William inherits the throne. William is also active in charity work, whereas Andrew’s charity work has been put on ice at the moment.
But the source says there were “senior members” of the family, which kind of sounds like it was more than just The Queen, Charles, and William in Andrew’s exit interview. It’s too bad they specified that it was senior members, and not just members. Because this story would be so much better with the mental image of everyone looking to Prince George for the final decision, and him dramatically turning his thumbs down, Gladiator-style, as palace guards dragged Andrew out a back door.