Prince Andrew will ‘defer’ a naval promotion until he returns to full-time royal status

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His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, still gets to use all of his titles, his HRH, and his military ranks even though he raped a teenager who was trafficked to him by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Even though he “stepped down” from full-time royal work, he still gets to live in the Royal Lodge in Windsor and he still gets to go to church with his mummy and his daughter will get a wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. And don’t worry, he still wants the nation to celebrate his big-boy birthday with him! Andrew is turning 60 years old on February 19th and he was in line to receive an honorary naval promotion for his birthday, but Poor Andrew told his mummy that he would defer it, poor sausage.

The Duke of York has asked to defer an honorary Navy promotion he was due to receive when he turned 60, Buckingham Palace has said. Prince Andrew was set to be promoted to Admiral on 19 February, in line with a policy that sees senior royals treated as serving military members. But the palace said he had asked the Ministry of Defence to defer it until a time when he returns to public duty. The Duke of York retired from the Navy in 2001, but it is a tradition that senior members of the royal family continue to receive military promotions as they get older.

Buckingham Palace said: “By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday. Following the decision by His Royal Highness to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, the Duke of York has asked the Ministry of Defence if this promotion might be deferred until such time that His Royal Highness returns to public duty.”

[From BBC]

What offends you more? The fact that Andrew was allowed to make the decision himself to “defer” a military promotion? The fact that Buckingham Palace and Prince Andrew all assume that he will be coming back to royal work in the near future? Or the fact that the Queen took away all of Prince Harry’s military ranks because he married a biracial woman? But that’s not all – even though Andrew “deferred” his promotion, he still wants everyone to celebrate!

Councils have been ordered to fly the Union flag at town hall buildings on February 19 to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday – causing outrage. The Duke of York, who is facing intense scrutiny over his relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, turns 60 this month. Now, town halls have now received an email telling them to mark the occasion, despite the Queen cancelling her son’s formal celebration in November following his disastrous Newsnight interview. The message was sent by civil servant Matt Stevenson — private secretary to Dame Melanie Dawes, 53, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

However, the move has been slammed by councils, with critics branding it ‘ridiculous’. Prominent royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Edinburgh, are honoured with the flag on their birthdays every year.

[From The Daily Mail]

Downing Street is reportedly “looking into” the matter, which is also funny and gross, that the prime minister’s office has to actually waste the time examining whether a rapist, human trafficker prince should get special birthday flags for his 60th birthday. Also: the bells of Westminster Abbey will ring in “celebration” on Andrew’s birthday too. Jesus, these people.

Prince Andrew leaves home after receiving the sack from the Queen

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts **FILE PHOTOS**

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    The BRF is vile for supporting him and still allowing him to leech off taxpayers…I went from being a passive royal watcher to a full on anti-monarchist in the past few years and they just keeping showing us they deserve to be discarded.

  2. Eva995 says:

    So gross. It seems as though so many people are still afraid of whatever power the royals apparently have. Why else would this not have been stopped? There should be no way Andrew can be a working royal again and it should even be up for debate whether or not there is any celebration for his birthday.

    I do think we should stop punishing his kids for this though. We can’t control where we come from

    • Hope says:

      But his kids should also have the sense to not do things like sign the tacky York Christmas card. At this point, both sisters are adults. Eugenie especially needs to accept that she can’t have it both ways.

    • Beatles says:

      Oh fricking please! These aren’t kids, they’re full ass grown adults pushing their 30s.

      And we can’t chose where we come from, but once you’re an adult and it’s clear the person you come from is a heinous criminal THEN we make a conscious choice to have them in our lives or not.

      And that fully informed decision they’ve made deserves absolute scorn.

    • Tessa says:

      So he thinks he’s coming back to full time duties?

  3. Roserose says:

    All of this is disgusting and will cost the monarchy so much goodwill.

    Note that the city of Liverpool has announced it won’t be flying any flags on Andrew’s birthday. Let’s hope with councils will do the same.

    • JemimaLeopard says:

      Gotta love Liverpool – they won’t allow The Sun to be sold there, and also the only place in England outside of London to vote against Brexit. Republic of Liverpool!

  4. EB says:

    The flags, the bells, the honorary promotion, all of it is a bad look. He was sidelined for a reason, and he needs to stay sidelined permanently. The Queen and Andrew should also quit trying to warm the public up to him returning to duties because the Epstein business isn’t going away.

    • I’m wondering if he truly asked for his promotion to be delayed or was he simply allowed to ‘save face’ by putting his name to the PR release. Andrew’s ego is so big I can’t see him personally wanting this to be delayed. I’ll bet he threw a fit when mummy told him Charles wasn’t going to allow him to accept it. ‘Cause I think the decision for this delay is an outcome from that last emergency meeting between Queen and Charles at Sandringham. If so, they certainly failed to address the birthday kudos issue. Flags and bells for an alleged sex abuser. Ring it out Britain. Loud and clear. PS. AN honorary military promotion delayed UNTIL HE RETURNS…. BP PR is sure getting that message out that he will be back soon.

      • Mac says:

        I am gobsmacked by how utterly clueless and tone deaf the queen is. Andrew doesn’t get to save face. He doesn’t get to make announcements. All commemorations of his birthday should have been quietly cancelled.

      • Capepopsie says:

        @Mac indeed!

  5. HK9 says:

    Someone should shove those flags up his arse. The support he gets is mindblowing and if that’s what’s going to be doing royal duties, they can keep it.

  6. GuestOne says:

    I don’t know how people can look at the contrast in how the media/BRF family treat Andrew & Meghan& Harry& not see how prejudice is a real factor. And of course with media the hate must be profitable.

    Beatrice’s wedding is on 29 May& by then he will be the rehabbed father of the bride shortly to return to royal duties, maybe after the Balmoral break.

  7. BayTampaBay says:

    Is the QEII really THAT tone deaf?

    Would love to know what Charles thinks about all of this mess!

    • Elisa says:

      IMO she is no longer fully capable of grasping the impact of this mess.

      • Pineapple says:

        I completely agree. Charles has her advisor fired a couple of years ago … dumb move Charles. Now no one is explaining the optics to her. No one.

      • Elisa says:

        @Pineapple: right, and I also wonder what kind of info she actually gets and by whom. Does she regularly read newspapers? I`m not being cynical, I seriously wonder how up to date she actually is…

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        Pineapple: Please, don’t get me wrong but is there something to be explained?

        I know she’s 93 years-old and in the old times many things were different. But human traffick is human traffick in all eras. Human traffick for labor, for sex… always darkened our planet.
        She’s the Queen, for crying out loud… She’s been reading complex memos for more than 50 years….. Which part of the human traffick she didn’t grasp?

        If she still doesn’t know how to identify facts, who was being the monarch?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yes she is, esp when it comes to her favourite son. While Mummy is still on the throne he will milk her for all he can get as if Chuck wants his reign to go well and for the Monarchy to have a future he has to permanently sideline Andrew. TQ has shown she won’t do it.

  8. KellyRyan says:

    Andrew, the US wants you to simply answer a few honest questions, but in our hearts we know Switzerland awaits you, (neutral country, he will not be extradited).

    The irony, monarchy ends at the hands of one of their own.

  9. Susannah says:

    “it is a tradition that senior members of the royal family continue to receive military promotions as they get older.”
    Why? Why does being a member of the royal family automatically give you military promotions? Why would Andrew ever deserve to be made an Admiral! Whenever I see Wiliam or Charles with all of their military regalia I think it’s so ridiculous! You’d think they’d be embarrassed to accept all of those medals for just being royalty!

  10. Belli says:

    Mummy offering him military honours with one hand while stripping Harry of his with the other is disgraceful.

    • Scollins says:

      Another nail in her coffin as far as I’m concerned. Charles no better if he can’t get her to understand how wrong it is but maybe he and Wills are just that deluded also by living in a royal bubble. I wonder if Harry knew this would happen, he as a vet is stripped and pedoAndy promoted. Just reaffirms H&M made the right decision.

      • Mac says:

        Harry quit the family so he lost his titles. Andrew was allegedly fired, but gets to keep his titles, which means he is not really fired. It’s really outrageous. FWIW, Andrew is also a veteran.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        If he kept the honours of the past, ok. He was on battlefield. But new ones?? Give me a break!!!

      • Derriere says:

        @Mac, Pedo Andy is not supposed to be working. He is to have left The Firm/the family in a public fashion. So why is he keeping any titles? No excuses, no protocol, nothing excuses it. No one should have to call a rapist and sex trafficker “sir” or “honorable” or “your royal highness.” just gross.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yup. the contrast is astounding.

    • Jess says:

      Exactly. The contrast in treatment between Andrew and H/M makes all of this even worse, although protecting Andrew at all is also awful. The Queen has officially ruined her legacy right here at the end of her life. This is all disgusting and H/M are brilliant for getting out while they could.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        I’m sure Andy’s “little problem” had a heavy weight on their decision.
        If they haven’t said adios, the press would be smashing them to the ground to divert from Andrew, FBI absence of cooperation, etc… All at the orders of BP.

  11. GR says:

    The fake military medals and high ranks that the royals get are so gross – you’d think they’d be so embarrassed in front of military personnel who actually earned their awards and ranks.

  12. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Imagine being so full of psychotic self-belief, so overwhelmingly overindulged, that you think your rehabilitation from sex offences is not only possible, not only imminent, but should be celebrated

  13. Tarynfox says:

    He’s disgusting. He clearly plans to return to FT royal duties, with mommy’s blessing no doubt.

  14. Flamingo says:

    I don’t know which white shoe law firm is consulting with pedo Andy, but if he were my client, (he would never be, as I couldn’t defend a child rapist) my advice would be to pack yourself up, go sit in your Swiss chalet, and shut the hell up. You know what kind of press would be good for Prince Andrew right now? None. Keep your name out of the papers.

  15. Nev says:

    Oh. Stop. This.

  16. carmen says:

    “Until he returns to full time royal status..” WTF??!!

    Another thing – from the Fail article – “The Duke of York, who is facing intense scrutiny over his relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein” …… What about “The Duke of York, who is facing intense scrutiny over having sex with underage girls”

  17. Digital Unicorn says:

    You can bet the flag waving and bell ringing has come from Andy his himself as he has always seen himself as a senior member of the family – he has always demanded to be treated like Charles. Things like this are usually done for the Monarch, the consort and the heir’s.

  18. Jen says:

    This is so disgusting in so many ways.

    First, he is clearly planning a return to duties.
    Second, TQ and Charles didn’t take action about him “stepping back” over raping children, but over a bad interview.
    Third, TQ was so so petty in taking away the Sussexes titles and H’s military ranks in a way that makes no sense considering the Yorks’ titles. People try explaining it with “well, they aren’t senior royals anymore.” Yeah, and the York girls never were. Or “They would try to monetize them!” Um, let’s look at how the titles have already been monetized.

    • Becks1 says:

      Precisely. That’s why even the “removal” (or “agreement to not use”) of the HRH looks so bad IMO. All of these things when contrasted to the Yorks just makes the Queen look petty and bad, despite the insistence that she supports the Sussexes.

    • Lucy De Blois says:

      Correction: he’s not planning. His mother, her staff and him had it from the day one.

      It’s exactly the same strategy in small companies when sunny boy messes up. We, poor mortals, are put to mop the mess, he stays in the fridge, for a while (vacations or somewhere pretending to take care of some business) and after a certain time, he returns in all his glory.

      Like I said many times, the stategy of BP PR team is sooooooo old…. Makes you wonder if this people is below 100 years or if they have any schooling at all.

  19. WendyWoo says:

    You know what I miss? Guillotines.

  20. carmen says:

    I was just reading about how Kate & William were uncomfortable when Rebel Wilson made reference to Andy at the BAFTAS, generating laughter from the audience. Protective of a child rapist, yet what did they do for Meghan when she faced unjustified criticism & attacks in the BM?

    • Christina says:

      Now I love Rebel Wilson. They probably can’t enter anyplace where Ricky Gervais is because of the risk of hearing an Andrew joke.

  21. Maevo says:

    These people are so oblivious. And the further we get from Sussexit the more the fact that they took away Harry’s military titles seems like such a cruel slap in the face.

  22. Polly says:

    The Mayor of Liverpool said that they wouldn’t be flying the flag for him because it wouldn’t be appropriate and because “Prince Andrew isn’t a major royal, he’s not a significant member of the Royal Family.” OUCH.

  23. Emmitt says:

    I think it’s great and I think the Queen should let Andrew throw his party. I think the BRF should restore Andrew back to royal duties ASAP and elevate the York girls to full time working royals. They should not invite Harry to any more family functions until he divorces Meghan. They should go all out on the f*ckery. Harry, Meghan & Archie don’t need to be anywhere near or associated with them when what goes down, goes down.

    Part of the problem with the BRF is they aren’t being true to themselves, everything is smoke and mirrors. They should have never allowed Harry to marry Meghan, knowing they did not want anyone with African blood in their family. They did it to keep Harry in line but they figured they would run off Meghan before she got pregnant, so Harry would get what he wants for a short time and they would get what they want (good PR, props for being diverse, but poor thing couldn’t handle it).

    Unfortunately for them, by playing cute games, they ended up with someone with African descent in line for the throne and they definitely didn’t want that (which is why they tried to make her miscarry).

    If they had just been true to their racist, outdated selves in the first place, none of this would be happening to them. But it is happening, and it’s delicious.

  24. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    “…until…” Ugh. This is so gross.

  25. Pineapple says:

    I think I want to “defer” my human life and become a snail. Something tells me most snails have better ethics than most people nowadays.

  26. kelleybelle says:

    What does this arrogant, useless POS who hides behind someone even more useless get any press at all?

  27. Christina says:

    Kaiser, thank you for continuing to use the picture of him with his victim, and that you for saying that Harry’s military ranks were removed because he married a biracial woman. Please keep doing these things, over and over. Force the discussion. This blog reaches a lot of people.

    • Shirleygailgal says:

      This blog (is this a blog? I didn’t realize that) reaches a lot of people; we already know how sideways the BRF are. How to reach the ones that don’t get or choose to ignore the discrepancies? THAT to me is the greater question.

      • Christina says:

        I’d say that there are plenty of people who are related to or aquatinted with Britons who support what the Queen is doing. People who come here can politely call out the people who believe the BS. I do it all the time in California. Starting conversations on a respectful way with grandma can make change. It’s all we’ve got, really. We can only persuade people we know and trust who know and trust us.

      • Lady D says:

        In 2017 Celebitchy was listed fourth among blogs with the most educated readers, according to Quantcast. It was reported here July 28, 2017.

  28. Rapunzel says:

    “the Queen took away all of Prince Harry’s military ranks because he married a biracial woman”- this is untrue. She just took the honorary ones. Not a defense though. I just wanted to clarify.

    Pedro Andy needs to have all the flags flown for him. And then shoved up his Pizza Express eating bum. Who knows?

    • lanne says:

      The fact that she hasn’t taken away Prince Andrew’s honorary ranks is galling. And why isn’t anyone calling for his ranks to be removed? Does anyone work in PR at all at B.P?

  29. Charfromdarock says:

    I’m offended that he isn’t rotting in a jail cell.

    Does anyone really believe that Virginia is his only victim?

  30. Faye G says:

    This is just beyond appalling. Burn the monarchy already!

  31. What. . .now? says:

    Wow, such a bad, bad look for the Monarchy. He’s such a twatwaffle and should be treated as such.

  32. Ames says:

    Aw, poor baby. Let’s all chip in for a birthday gift certificate to Pizza Express. I bet they have stupid hats and everything. He’ll feel right at home.

  33. Gabby says:

    I cannot wrap my head around how bad this is, just what is going on with TQ’s advisors?! They are actually going to ring bells and raise flags for pedo Andy? Absolutely sickening. And how big of him to “request” his promotion be withheld, what a stinking pile he is, undeserving of the uniform.
    I keep imagining Camilla having a few drinks and then laying into Charles about the stupidity, for some reason I think she sees things for what they are.

  34. paddingtonjr says:

    Pedo Andy is going to have a harsh wake up call when TQ dies. Charles just doesn’t care and will throw him in the metaphorical dungeon. It has been interesting to see what will happen to the BRF when PP is completely gone. For all Philip’s faults, and they are legion, he ruled the family like he was still in the Navy, was a good advisor/sounding board for TQ and protected the image of the BRF, Without him, all h*ll has broken loose. Philip in his prime would have slapped Andrew with a “snap out of it!”

  35. sunny says:

    This is awful! Prince Fredo and all his enablers, including mommy are terrible.

  36. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    The royal family gives themselves awards and honors whenever they feel like it, so they really mean *nothing* (how valuable is a title or award if you can give it to yourself)? What I want to know is, how are the royals NOT overcome with embarrassment when they wear these things in public? There must be many people secretly laughing at them (I know I do). Do the royals not realize this? Or not care? Or possibly both?

  37. Dottie says:

    When Charles get’s the top job Andrew will be out. He can’t get kicked out of Royal Lodge the Queen Mother gave him that when she died. Harry and Meghen still have Frogmore House. Alot of Andrews regiments, charities have thrown him off their cause. It is also why Beatrice couldn’t have her wedding at some place Andrew was the head off and they refused to allow it. You can’t blame Bea she is having a small wedding, it won’t be televised and then a private reception. I will be surprised if we don’t see anything St James Palace is where the Cambridge kids have been baptised and we have all got to see the coming and goings from that.

  38. Sue says:

    Can you blame Meghan for wanting to get out of this family? This wasn’t exactly what she signed up for.

    • Ladiabla says:

      I think this is one of the major reasons why they left as well. Meghan’s work for the empowerment of young girls and women (which she’s been doing for years and is something she obviously passionately cares about) having to stand alongside this scum was just too much. Especially compared with the treatment she’s received. Imagine being forced to stand next to him at family events, which can be viewed as giving a kind of tacit approval of him and his actions, having worked so hard against what men like him and Epstein represent. She was probably like *no fucking way*. And Harry would have been able to lend weight and tell her exactly what his uncle is about.

  39. RoyalBlue says:

    Nasty man. This is Her Majesty’s legacy, that and the fact that she stood silent while her grandson and his wife were abused and claimed in the end that Meghan couldn’t stand up to the intense scrutiny. Her silence indicates her racist complicity.

  40. Tpoe says:

    Why does there even have to be a royal family again?

  41. Nic919 says:

    So Andy went to visit the Chinese ambassador with Fergie, Bea and Edo. And BP isn’t confirming that the meeting happened despite pictures. A mess.
    Andy and Fergie likely scamming the guy for cash for the wedding. But certain circles are going to freak about Harry getting paid legitimately for a speech. Interesting.

  42. Deeanna says:

    Gee whiz, I hope that Chinese ambassador hasn’t been back home to visit recently! Wouldn’t want to see Andy & Fergie exposed to anything bad.