It emerged on Sunday that The Duke of York will be allowed to retain his £300,000 a year bodyguards following his stepping back from royal duties after Her Majesty The Queen allegedly asked aides to reverse the decision to axe them. According to The Mail on Sunday, the three bodyguards were supposed to be axed last Monday however The Queen’s intervention has forced the decision to be questioned.
A source told The Mail on Sunday, “The Queen has made it clear that she was not happy with the proposal. It has been stopped and will be reviewed over the next few weeks.”
Following his Newsnight interview and Jeffrey Epstein scandal, in November 2019 Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming that Prince Andrew would be stepping back from royal duties for the “foreseeable future”. Just days later another statement from the Palace was released detailing how Andrew intended to step down from all 230 of his patronages though he hoped to have some sort of public role in the future. In 2020, The Duke of York permanently stepped back from all public roles and as a working member of The Royal Family.
The Home Office subsequently launched a review of protection officers of certain members of The Royal Family in a bid to cut taxpayer funding. Those members included Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Prince Andrew’s three bodyguards are thought to cost £100,000 each per year which includes wages, flights, perks and hotels.
It was recently reported that The Queen would be helping to pay off The Duke and Duchess of York’s £6 million debt from a Verbier ski chalet. Buckingham Palace strongly denied any involvement of The Queen with the said debt, insisting that Her Majesty would not be paying any money.