Prince Andrew sent out a now-deleted message using his banned ‘HRH’ title on his ex-wife Fergie’s Instagram. During his latest sexual assault prosecution, Prince Andrew was barred from using his HRH (“His Royal Highness”) title.
Sarah Ferguson used his forbidden “His Royal Highness” title to post several Instagram posts at the behest of her ex-husband Prince Andrew over the weekend, before retracting the message mere hours shortly afterward.
Prince Andrew pondered in his post on the 40th anniversary of his departure to enlist in the Royal Navy during the Falkland War, where he performed missions as a Sea King helicopter pilot. The 62-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth said he went into the war “full of bravado” but came out a “changed man.”
“Written by HRH The Duke of York,” the post was signed. Due to the huge public controversy involving Andrew’s alliances with registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (on Feb. 15, Andrew resolved a sexual assault civil suit filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, but has over and over again denied any involvement), the Queen dispossessed him of his military titles and royal duties in January. Andrew was not to use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official manner, although he would maintain his title as Duke of York and his place in the line of succession to the throne.
The Instagram post was quickly changed to remove the “HRH” before Prince Andrew’s title of Duke of York. The posts were soon removed from the website.
“As I sit here at my desk on this cold crisp spring morning remembering back to April 1982 I’ve tried to imagine what was going through my thoughts as we sailed out of Portsmouth lined the flight deck of HMS INVINCIBLE,” he wrote beside an old photo of Prince Andrew clad in military gear.
“So, while I recall being a young man full of bravado when I went to war, I returned as a changed man,” he concluded. I put childish things and false confidence behind and returned a man who knew everything about human fragility and pain”.
Even though Fergie, as the Duchess of York is fondly called, and Prince Andrew separated in March 1992 before formally getting divorced four years later, they kept on raising their daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie together and have stayed amicable.