Prince Andrew was a naughty kid when he was a child.

Many claimed that Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite son is the Duke of York. However, the Queen didn’t intervene when a staff disciplined her son to the point of leaving him a black eye.

According to Ingrid Seward in her book “My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage,” little Prince Andrew was hardheaded. He wanted to attract attention with his tantrums, but the Queen never spoiled him when it came to this matter. In fact, she sided with her staff.

“On another occasion when his taunting so annoyed a young footman that he took a swipe at Andrew that deposited him on the floor and left him with a black eye,” Seward wrote.

The footman reportedly feared for his job and admitted the incident. He rendered his resignation, but the Queen “refused to accept it.” Her Majesty knew that her son needed to be disciplined and didn’t give repercussions to the staff.

“She said her son had obviously deserved it and the footman was on no account to be punished for Andrew’s bad behaviour,” Seward added.

Recently, Prince Andrew is in hot water due to his connections to Jeffrey Epstein. The issue has made headlines for several weeks already and some netizens feel that it has “moved from embarrassment to sheer horror.”

Royal expert Marlene Koenig encouraged Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II to intervene and help the Duke of York. Meanwhile, he also called Prince Andrew to give up his patronages, let his daughters take over them and live a quiet life away from the public eye.

Many royal fans agreed with Koenig. Some believed that if the Queen would make Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie working royals, it would be easier for Prince Andrew to vacate his position.

In related news, there were rumors that Princess Beatrice had already decided to ban Prince Andrew from her wedding due to the Epstein drama. Princess Eugenie’s sister reportedly finds the issue messy and disgraceful and she doesn’t want any drama ruining her big day.

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. Getty Images/Joe Maher for Ascot Racecourse