A yacht club wants to dump their patron Prince Andrew & the palace is throwing a fit

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Although the data shows that a royal doesn’t really do much harm or much good for one of their patronages, I understand why charities want a royal patron, and I understand why royal peeps want to associate themselves with charities doing good work. What I don’t understand is why big, established organizations and clubs would need a royal patron. Like, why does the National Portrait Gallery need Duchess Kate’s patronage? Just so she can go to a gala every so often? Same with a yacht club – I would have thought that a royal patron for a yacht club would be a meaningless position. So imagine my surprise that there’s an actual lowkey fight about it the patronage of London’s Royal Thames Yacht Club. The Duke of York is currently still the “Commodore” for the club, an honorary position. Only the club wants to toss him out and they’d prefer Duchess Kate.

Prince Andrew faces the humiliation of being sacked as head of Britain’s most famous yacht club because of his links to Jeffrey Epstein. Moves to strip him of his role as Commodore of London’s Royal Thames Yacht Club were discussed on Monday at a secret meeting of its senior members. To add insult to injury, the Mail understands that the club wants to replace the Duke with the Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sailor.

Leaked minutes from the meeting show that the club has had repeated discussions with Buckingham Palace on dumping former Navy helicopter pilot Andrew. Vice Commodore George Ehlers said the club’s general committee ‘believe it is appropriate and in the interest of the club that these discussions should continue’. The minutes said: ‘Contacts with the commodore and his office regarding patronage are current in the light of the changing developments within the royal household.’

The reference to ‘changing developments’ is believed to relate to the pressure that led to Prince Andrew being forced to resign from his public duties after last year’s car-crash Newsnight interview over his friendship with Epstein. It also resulted in calls for him to relinquish a number of honorary military appointments. The issue of his links to the club is on the agenda at its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Being sacked by the yacht club would be a new low for the prince, who took over as commodore in 1986 from Prince Charles, now its Admiral. The Duke of Edinburgh is its patron, and Lord Mountbatten was also commodore.

The Mail has learned that two senior members pressed Mr Ehlers at last week’s meeting about action to replace Andrew, who was appointed Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy by the Queen in 2015 to mark his 55th birthday. Mr Ehlers is said to have described the matter as ‘very sensitive’.

A source said: ‘There is a strong feeling that Andrew is not a suitable commodore. It is a family-orientated club and Andrew is not in keeping with that. There is a strong desire to replace him with Kate. She is an accomplished sailor and would be a huge asset as the club’s first female commodore. The Palace is digging its heels in because they want to avoid further embarrassment for Andrew. If the RTYC removes him other similar organisations will follow. It is complicated by the club’s royal status – the role of commodore is effectively in the gift of the Queen.’

A source close to Andrew said: ‘The duke has been on the receiving end of false accusations for years and understands why some organisations might want to keep their distance. All patronages are on hold whilst he has temporarily stepped aside from public duties to clear his name. He is thinking about how to best serve his country and will work with his family, advisers and stakeholders on what that will look like.’

[From The Daily Mail]

If you read between the lines, what everyone is saying is that the yacht club is desperate to throw out Andy and the palace is pitching a FIT about it and throwing their weight around… again, for Andrew and his honorary position at a yacht club. The club is desperate to bring in some new blood and they think Kate will give them some pizzazz. Meanwhile, Andrew is calling up the yacht club and insisting that mummy supports him completely and his comeback will happen, he promises, and they just need to keep him on.

Also: I would imagine that many organizations are actually keen to throw away their older-royal patrons and get Kate to take them on. What’s funny about that is that she’s lazy AF and even if the yacht club does end up getting Kate as a patron, she will barely do anything for them.

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  1. escondista says:

    their teeth are so garishly yellow.
    Oh and also I hope everyone dumps him. We know what he did.

    • Bibi says:

      i noticed that too ewww dental plans must suck in the uk
      you know who’s going to pull an incandescent fit of rage following this?
      Yup – M. lazywillie himself. How dare they want to replace the commodore with my wife? Men took that position since forever and now they prefer his wife…. lol He’s gonna feel rejected again and less valuable than Kate. Poor guy – where’s his place?
      Bravo Kate! Ben Aisnley on the way!

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        We have no dental plans in the UK. We can get basic dentistry on the NHS but we do not actively seek out dental care. Things are changing slightly with the younger generation but some of us oldies wear out yellowing, tea stained teeth with pride.

  2. HK9 says:

    Sounds like a solid plan to me. The shame of it is that the palace is giving them a hard time.

  3. Eenie Googles says:

    Museums are typically charities. The National Portrait Gallery is a Museum.

  4. lanne says:

    The jokes write themselves at this point. A barnacle would be a better patron than Pedo Andy for this “family friendly” club. So let me get this straight: Royal in the UK means supporting a pedophile despot-friendly scammer of a Prince while shunning a biracial Duchess, wife of a UK serviceman? Okay, got it! How many organizations are going to want to have “Royal” as part of their title if this is the definition of royal?

  5. Sofia says:

    I don’t blame them and I hope they get to dump him. And that all his other patronages follow. And that this serves as a reminder to Andrew that even if the public “accepts” him back, no-one really wants to work with him anyways.

    • Other Renee says:

      I’m not British but I doubt the public will ever accept him back. I don’t think that anyone really actually likes him. He may have been admired in his military days, but he’s turned into a bloated buffoon. Appearances are everything in snob circles. Kate doesn’t have to actually “do” anything. At least she’s not out there harming children like Pedo Andy.

      • Sofia says:

        I am British and even I don’t think the public will accept him back hence why I put accept in double quotes

    • Amy Too says:

      I think the BRF is going to have to let the club dump him now that this story was very conveniently leaked. I have a feeling the meeting minutes were “accidentally” released because the Club was getting fed up with the run around the Palace was giving them, insisting that they wouldn’t take this position away from Andrew and give the club a new Commodore. Now it’s in the press though, and everyone who reads this story is going to support the Yacht Club and the Queen is going to look like the pedophile supporting asshole she is who refuses to listen to and doesn’t care about the damage she’s doing to this patronage by insisting that a family-friendly club has a pedo walking around and representing them.

    • MK says:

      Sofia, I am praying that one day the British public will snap, grab him, hogtie him to the bed of a truck, and drive through London to dump him at the US Embassy. It’s only a ten minute drive from Buckingham.

      Yeah, yeah, I know it is a crazy statement, but join me in my daydream: what could the Queen do? She cannot erase that being broadcast over the globe and neither could anybody. The visual image of Andrew getting alley-ooped over the fence with an enraged crowd chanting “Arrest this man!” would crush any argument or resistance. The CIA and the Feds have salivated for this guy for 3 years like a mastiff waiting for a juicy pork chop. The only obstacle would be the President refusing (and by this I DO NOT mean Trump; 5 days to go, please, Dear GOD, be MERCIFUL!!) because he is “afraid of endangering relations with the UK, which has a Tory government in power.”

      For what it is worth, NOBODY on this side of the Atlantic likes Andrew either. He is a slug. He raped one of our own and ruined her life. There are very likely others. If the President were to shut everything down, he’d be doing so against public will to see Andrew testify and answer for his crimes in a New York City courtroom. I have always suspected Trump wants to slow mo the issue so he does not get exposed. Pray that a new president is on the way!!

  6. Becks1 says:

    So this one club has Andrew as Commodore, Charles as Admiral and Phillip as Patron? That seems like a lot of royals for one club, “royal yacht club” or no.

    I sometimes feel like they mention Kate’s name just to get the comment section going – “yes Kate would be perfect!” but then I also wonder if this isn’t like the captain general of the marines thing – Kate WANTS this role so the leaks about “Kate being perfect for the role” are coming from KP.

    As for her work ethic, she would probably do more with this organization bc she likes sailing and boating etc.

    • Merricat says:

      Yes, the secret to getting Kate to appear hard-working is to give her a patronage that she can support while vacationing. “Oh, Kate went for a sail? She works so hard!”

      • Becks1 says:

        EXACTLY!! If she can bring Ben Ainsley along for some visits, the better. It’s like Wimbledon. Now that she’s president or patron or whatever her title is, she gets credit for doing what she wants to do anyway.

        (I also meant to add that Kate may do “more” with this organization but “more” is a very relative term lol.)

      • Nic919 says:

        You beat me to it. I was going to say that if Ben Ainslie is given a membership then Kate is sure to be a keen patron of the yacht club.

        (Also sailors don’t tend to wear massive rings that could get caught in rope and potentially cause amputation, but what do I know)

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        LOL TY!! I was going to say something about “Ben…” and I couldn’t remember his last name (and am too lazy to google it) lol. That is her BIGGEST interest in sailing. Always for a man. Look how fast she dumped her rowing crew when PWBT beckoned her after their fight (pre-marriage). Ask for Kate, get a worthless ornament.

      • HeyJude says:

        She’s “Top Sail-E-O”!

    • Sof says:

      I think wanting Kate makes sense, we know she never misses a chance to dress according to the theme, and her outfits are always talked about, right?

  7. Cafecito says:

    The royal family should really be the first to keep Andrew out of sight, before we all keep having these discussions that can only end up on the uselessness of all royalty….

  8. Eleonor says:

    I can totally see the palace throwing hissy fit about this.
    Also they want Kate, not even Will, Kate A COMMONER. Working class!
    The outrage!

  9. Jaded says:

    Make the pervert walk the plank.

  10. Astrid says:

    what a great picture of Kate saying “why not!”

  11. ClaireB says:

    I feel like this is more of a Kate and Will leak to focus the public more on creepy Uncle Andrew and away from His Royal Incandescence and the Top CEO. I mean, I don’t see the leak benefitting the fancy yacht club anyway, since they have 3 other royal patrons and probably still want to “get along” with the other royals.

  12. MissMarierose says:

    If they want a new Commodore, they should call Lionel Ritchie.

  13. Amy Too says:

    I like how Andrew is just taking a break from all his patronages while he “clears his name,” and yet he refuses to actually talk to the FBI or cooperate with any of the investigations. That seems like it would be the quickest way to clear his name of all these “false accusations.”

  14. RoyalBlue says:

    Now Kaiser you are straight up triggering me with that picture of the brothers playing dress up wearing various of medals, buttons, stars and lanyards. Why is Edward so highly decorated???

    It bugs me so much when we know of so many men and women who faced real action in the field for years and are outranked by these two.

    • Sarah says:

      Wasn’t Edward in the Falklands? I’m pretty sure being in active service during a war gets you various things.

      Now I’m going to take a shower as I can’t believe I have even come close to defending that piece of filth today.

      • Sofia says:

        Sarah, you’re think of Andrew. Edward joined the marines but then dropped out before finishing his training

      • Mignionette says:

        Andy was in the Falklands. Eddie quit the Marines after being hazed.

      • Nic919 says:

        Andrew did serve in the multi day “war” in the falklands, which was really just Thatcher acting imperialistic to get political points for being macho. However, many people who served with him have a lot of negative things to say. He used his royal clout very often and was absolutely disliked.

        Phillip and Harry are the only royals who served with the others and managed to fit and be respected.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        yes i knew randy andy did the falklands islands stint, i was in 6th form at the time and the ‘war’ was a topic of discussion but come on! Whilst he earned some of those buttons, he looks like he outranks Harry. and Nic , yes Andy was boorish then. even Charles can lay claim to some stripes as he spent some time on a ship or something. It was when he broke it off from Camilla in their younger days as he had to serve and she went off to marry APB. They all do the bare minimum. I was mocking Edward because he looks like a bloody major general

  15. Redgrl says:

    Seems to me the club should have the final say, not the Palace saying “you’re getting ho because we say so.” If that’s the case they should just say to heck with it we’ll do without a royal patron!

  16. Sarah says:

    Interesting to see this play out, whoever leaked it. He’s finally been exposed for who he is and can no longer hide behind the ‘but royalty’ shield he used for so long. Betty and her courtiers may not accept this but it’s the truth.

  17. Mignionette says:

    This sounds like a KP power grab game of thrones moment.

    I think it is BP that is digging it’s heels in whilst KP (egged on by CH) is seeking to undermine Andy’s standing in the public eye to shut down his ambitions of any return.

    This also makes me think that as with any battle of the courts, KP and CH are working in concert.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I’m betting this is 100%KP with some passive assistance from CH.
      They may have put a bug in the Yacht club’s ear about Kate being better suited for the patronage as she has been photographed on a yacht sailing (sort of) and Andrew, well, is a pedophile.

      This has KP all over it.

      • Mignionette says:

        @WW the irony of the Mugzits calling Meg a Yacht girl when Kate is literally the original Yacht girl.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Oh that’s so stupid they can’t see their own hypocrisy

      • Nic919 says:

        Very much trump like projection with the yacht girl comments. Kate is the only one who literally worked on a yacht and stories at the time about it commented on how male passengers noticed that she wore very short shorts. That they try to use yacht girl as an attack on Meghan is beyond ridiculous.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        I thought ‘yacht girls’ were prostitutes, otherwise they’re just ‘staff’? So I always took it as they were trying to call Meghan a former escort- after all, nothing is too vile for them.

  18. kelleybelle says:

    I’m no Kate fan but she would make a far better, and more appropriate patron than that sham Prince Andrew. He’s a bloody disgrace and everyone knows it, even the palace. They just don’t want to accept it. Too tough to swallow.

    • Nic919 says:

      If Kate and William took over Andrew’s patronages it would look far better for them since they are future future monarch and consort and it’s moving up. However, they are too lazy to do anything unless forced and the Queen is stubborn in protecting a nonce. Charles should really step in and make this happen since he will have to deal with his brother sooner or later.

  19. Likeyoucare says:

    Good for kate, she deserves all the patronages from senior royals.
    Top ceo will dilligently working hard just like she wants too.

    • Mignionette says:

      LMFAO – they’ll be lucky to see Kate ‘THEE Top CEO” once every 12 years !

      • PEARL GREY says:


        12 years? That’s a tad unfair. Kate would visit every 8 years at least.

      • Mignionette says:

        @Pearl Kate is a Top CEO and now that Meg has gone and left her in the lurch, she can’t spread herself so thinly !

      • Lizzie says:

        Hmm, I can see a lot of buttony navy blazers in her future. I see her showing up here often after all there is no work to be done. She loves a patronage that only requires a photoshoot, like Wimbledon.

    • Nic919 says:

      She will be zooming her fingers to the bone.

  20. Murphy says:

    Oooh the part where they want to replace him with a non-Blood royal is really the cherry on top.

  21. tee says:

    That mummy awards these honorary titles as birthday gifts, with seemingly very little input from the organizations, is so weird!! The idea of a monarchy like this just does not compute for me in 2020.

    And kudos to Kate for reaching in-demand, royal rockstar status. I hope it’s everything she dreamed of lol

  22. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Just one more reminder that once the queen passes all hell will break loose. Andrew will be tossed out and need money so he’ll spill the tea for book deals.

  23. LittlePenguin says:

    They want Kate knowing that she never comes around so that they can do as they want and not worry about a royal popping in for a visit. Saves time and money! If she does show up, it is for a 15 minute photo op and then they can continue on with their day.

  24. GuestWho says:

    Hiding behind your mother’s skirts is not, historically, a great way to clear one’s name. I can only assume that he’s set up meetings with the FBI… s/

  25. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    Speaking of someone who needs to be banished…

  26. aquarius64 says:

    Dollar (or pound) bet Andy is threatening to leak Bill’s wandering scepter and Rose trimming or dirt on Uncle Gary if he doesn’t keep the yacht Club.

  27. Aimee says:

    A Yacht Club. Oh the irony…

  28. Shazze says:

    They attack attractive, charismatic family members for being more interesting than the Cambridges’, but they support a fat sweaty pedo. Dysfunction anyone?

  29. Well-Wisher says:

    First it was the retired personnel going after Harry now it is Andrew and Kate? The newly minted media has Charles and William at it, could it be that a coup is on the way? But Wills nor Kate do not sell, so whatever is the motivation? Could there be a continuing war within the RF as an institution?

    Tatler seems so insightful in retrospect.

  30. Jane's Wasted Talent says:

    ‘… and Lord Mountbatten was also commodore.’ They seem to have a pretty decent argument- one rapist pedophile commodore was bad enough. Two just stretches the bounds of credulity.

  31. Andrea says:

    Kate looks so happy doing sporty stuff. She really missed her calling.

  32. Sandra says:

    And here come more wedding photos……

  33. HeatherC says:

    Can the Cambridges be any more obvious? At this point it’s laughable. First The Royal Marines really really really want William more than Harry and now this yacht club really really really wants Kate instead of Andrew. Granted that may be true, that anyone is better than Andrew (and this is easy pickings for the Cambridges) but still.

  34. L4frimaire says:

    I actually think this is the type of patronage that suits Kate. She’s a bit sporty and competitive, likes the outdoors, lots of cute,posh platonic guys in yachty looks and it looks like a cocktail circuit sort of gig. Not sure how serious she’d be but seems like she’s be into it. Trophies,races and champagne while fundraising and getting younger people involved. The palace could pass it on if they wanted to and nobody is going to come after or criticize Kate for taking it up.