The Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages. The Mirror reveals Prince William is understood to have been instrumental in the decision
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The Queen will have had a heavy heart as she stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages.
Every parent wants to protect their offspring. But in the end she realised the reputation of the Royal Family had to come before the interests of her favourite son.
The Palace action also demonstrates a sense of propriety that has been notably absent in Downing Street this week.
As the Mirror reveals today, Prince William is understood to have been instrumental in the decision. The future king would have realised the damage his uncle is doing to the crown he will one day inherit.
It is time Andrew also recognised the harm he is causing the royal brand. This should be a year of celebration for the Queen as the nation marks her platinum jubilee.
The US case threatens to cast a shadow over this. As he fights to clear his name, Andrew risks besmirching that of the Windsors.
Boost the bus
Buses are the most essential form of public transport in the country.
Millions rely on them to get to work, see friends and family, and go shopping.
But the pandemic has left the network in a perilous state. Declining passenger numbers during lockdowns caused a big drop in revenue for an already under-funded service.
Transport chiefs now warn that up to 17% of routes could be at risk.
Passengers could also be hit by higher fares as firms try to recoup their losses. Without additional support, many people will be left isolated or unable to travel to work or college.
Ministers must find the funds to put buses at the heart of a greener post-virus recovery.
Politicians could learn a lot from Jonathan Van-Tam on how to communicate.
The deputy chief medical officer kept us informed and entertained. To adapt one his metaphors, the Government has lost its star player just as victory is in sight.