Royals who have been stripped of their titles: Prince Andrew and beyond

Royal families are meant to serve as a picturesque brood for a nation, which is why it is such a shock when one is stripped of one’s royal titles.

Often times, members of the royal family are stripped of their titles because of their involvement in scandals, but sometimes the cause can be less sensational and as straightforward as a divorce.

Other times laws and regulations have made changes to royal titles and families, meaning that some who once held their own titles no longer do.

Here’s a look at some of the most important royals in recent history who have lost their titles.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew, Duke of York is no longer using his HRH title after a sexual assault scandal sees him go to court.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s second son Prince Andrew was stripped of his royal titles on Thursday.

The 61-year-old royal became the center of a scandal when his association with disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein gained ground in the public eye.

Andrew faces trial alleging he sexually assaulted Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17. When a judge refused to dismiss the action, his mother gave him the ax.

Andrew had already retired from royal duties, but Buckingham Palace reported that as the trial continued Andrew had been stripped of his royal and military titles.

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A royal source told Fox News Digital that the Duke of York will no longer use “His Royal Highness” or HRH in any official capacity.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Princess Diana was stripped of her HRH title after her divorce from Prince Charles.

Princess Diana was stripped of her HRH title after her divorce from Prince Charles.
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When she and Prince Charles divorced in 1996, Diana Spencer lost her HRH title and was known simply as Diana, Princess of Wales.

Placing a comma between the name and the title itself is usually reserved for widows and divorced royals, much like Diana’s former sister-in-law and Andrew Sarah Ferguson’s ex-wife, now known as Sarah, Duchess of York. .

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In 2018, The Mirror reported that Queen Elizabeth was content to allow Diana to retain her royal title as she is the mother of the future king, but Charles insisted that she be stripped of the title.

Infante Cristina of Spain

Infanta Cristina of the Duchy of Spain was dismissed in 2015 as she was left behind for tax evasion.

Infanta Cristina of the Duchy of Spain was dismissed in 2015 as she was left behind for tax evasion.
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Infanta Cristina of Spain was once also known as the Duchess of Palma de Mallorca until she was caught up in a political corruption scandal that rocked Spain for more than a decade.

Initially, the focus was only on her husband, but she was eventually named a suspect herself in 2013 and charged with tax evasion and money laundering and was ordered to appear in court. She argued that she was not aware of her husband’s illicit transactions.

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Eventually, the money laundering charges were dropped, but the tax evasion charges were upheld and Cristina went to trial. Eventually, her brother, King Felipe VI, stripped her of her duchy but allowed her to retain her place in the succession to the throne and her title of infanta.

In 2017, Cristina was acquitted of the charges, although her husband was sent to jail.

Former Princesses Mako and Ayako of Japan

Princesses Mako (left) and Ayako (right) have both relinquished their royal titles in Japan to marry commoners.

Princesses Mako (left) and Ayako (right) have both relinquished their royal titles in Japan to marry commoners.
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Japanese law states that if a member of the imperial family marries a commoner, they will be stripped of their royal titles, as was the case with this couple of distant relatives.

Perhaps the most notable is Mako, the niece of the current Emperor of Japan Naruhito and eldest daughter of Fumihito, Crown Prince of Japan and Kiko, Crown Princess of Japan.

In October 2021, Mako married a paralegal named Kei Komuro, stripping himself of his royal titles. Formerly known as Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako, she is now officially known as Ms. Kei Komuro, or unofficially under her own name, Mako Korumo.

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Ayako, formerly known as Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado, married Mako by marrying a commoner. His late father was a cousin of the former Emperor of Japan, Akihito, who abdicated the throne to his son in 2019 due to his age and declining health.

When she married a commoner by the name of Kei Moriya in 2018, Ayako was stripped of her titles and is now officially known as Ms. Kei Moriya.

Grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (left) stripped the royal titles of his grandchildren from his two youngest children, Princess Madeleine (center) and Prince Carl Philip (right).

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (left) stripped the royal titles of his grandchildren from his two youngest children, Princess Madeleine (center) and Prince Carl Philip (right).
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In 2019, the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf decided to make sweeping changes to the royal family.

“His Majesty the King has decided to change the Royal Household. The purpose of these changes is to establish which members of the royal family can be called upon to exercise the official functions incumbent on the Head of State or linked to the function of Head of State ”, a declaration of the palace at the time.

The palace announced that the children of Carl XVI Gustaf’s two youngest children – Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland – will no longer hold royal titles and should no longer hold office royal.

The five grandchildren whose titles have been deprived have retained their titles of princes and princesses, but their spouses will have no right to such titles.

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Carl Philip and Madeleine have both expressed support for their father’s decision, saying they are happy that their children are growing up without the titles and responsibilities that come with them.

The children of Carl XVI Gustaf’s eldest child, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, retained their titles of HRH.

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