Prince Andrew ‘still earns money from Queen despite being sacked from duties’

Prince Andrew is still earning money from the Queen after being banned from carrying out royal duties and stripped of £250,000 in public funds, it is reported.

The Duke of York stepped down from public duties after his car-crash BBC Newsnight interview about his friendship with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Alleged victim Virginia Giuffre accused the Duke of having sex with her three times while she was being trafficked by financier Epstein.

The prince denies all the allegations against him, but the scandal has caused major disruption to the royal family.

Despite having stepped down from royal duties in the aftermath, Andrew is reportedly earning money from the Queen's private funds.

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A royal insider told Daily Star he is receiving an income from the Duchy of Lancaster – a private estate owned by the Queen which consist of 18,480 hectares of land in the country.

It includes assets in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Savoy Estate in London.

The body earns Her Majesty around £21million a year, although it is not known how much of this is paid to Andrew.

Last week it was revealed that Prince Andrew's HRH titles was dropped from the royal family's birthday message.

In the Royal Family's Twitter post, it said: "On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.

"Happy Birthday to The Duke of York."

In both 2018 and 2019, it referred to Andrew as “HRH The Duke of York”, and prior to that it did not post birthday messages to him.

Prince Andrew celebrated his low-key 60th birthday at Royal Lodge , the royal residence which he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

It is understood the party has been scaled down to a low-key gathering of around 12 close friends and relatives.

In a further blow to Andrew, government buildings were not be required to fly the Union flag to mark his birthday.

A government spokesman said: "Following the decision by the Duke of York to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, there is no longer a requirement for UK Government buildings to fly the Union flag on Wednesday February 19."

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