Via – The Sun

The Queen put on a brave face last night after ­summoning sex scandal-hit Prince Andrew to Buckingham Palace to strip him of all royal duties.

Her Majesty’s extraordinary intervention came after intense lobbying from Prince Charles.

The Duke of York, under fire after claims he bedded a 17-year-old and for his friendship with ­billionaire US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, will conduct no royal or public duties and will step back from all patronages.

He has also pledged to co-operate with authorities investigating Epstein, opening him up to serious criminal risk.

It was a drastic decision for the Queen because Prince Andrew is her favourite son. And he is unlikely to return to a frontline royal role.

Last night, a friend of Prince Andrew revealed: “The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision.

“It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters.

“It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced.”

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