KEY POINTS

  • Prince Andrew was driven to Windsor Castle Thursday morning for a meeting with the Queen
  • Queen Elizabeth reportedly told Prince Andrew that he would no longer be known as His Royal Highness
  • Her Majesty also informed the Duke of York that he should fight his lawsuit in the U.S. as a private citizen

Prince Andrew is no longer His Royal Highness (HRH), according to a report.

There has been a lot of criticism about the Duke of York still keeping his HRH title amid his legal battle. However, according to a recent report, the Queen already told her son that he just lost the honor and would no longer be known as His Royal Highness, the New York Post was told.

"Son, you’re grounded," the Queen allegedly said to her second son, an unnamed insider told the outlet.

Prince Andrew was driven to Windsor Castle, a few miles from his house, Thursday morning. During the meeting, the 95-year-old monarch stripped her 61-year-old son of his remaining military titles and royal patronages after a New York judge ruled that Virginia Giuffre's sex assault lawsuit would continue despite his efforts to throw it out of court.

During the private meeting, Her Majesty allegedly told Prince Andrew he would no longer be known as HRH "in any official capacity." Also, he would be left to fight his lawsuit in the United States as a private citizen.

An unnamed source also believed that Prince Charles and Prince William discussed the issue with the palace, too. The outlet noted that Prince Andrew would be the fifth royal in history to stop using his HRH title. The first four royals were Princess Diana, Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they were stepping back from their royal duties. The Queen gave them a year to decide whether they would return to their duties or not. The royal couple stood by their decision and the Queen supported them. Her Majesty did not strip Prince Harry and Markle of their HRH titles, but they were told not to use them.

Prince Andrew attempted to dismiss Giuffre's case against him. He challenged her residency status saying she was not an American and only moved to Colorado two years before she filed the civil case against the royal. 

In another bid to throw out the case, the Duke of York asked the court to dismiss the case after a court document was unsealed, revealing that Giuffre accepted a $500,000 settlement from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2009 and agreed she wouldn't sue him or any other "potential defendant."

However, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Prince Andrew's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, saying his ruling did not determine the "truth or falsity" of Giuffre's complaint.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew have a close relationship with each other. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Andrew arrive in the Royal procession on day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2018 in Ascot, England. Photo: Getty Images/Joe Maher for Ascot Racecourse