PRINCE Andrew will continue to enjoy taxpayer-funded 24-hour police protection, although he no longer performs royal duties.
The decision follows a comprehensive review of his safety by the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office following the Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse scandal.
The Duke of York, 62, was effectively exiled as a member of the Royal Family earlier this year when the Queen prevented him from using his HRH title and stripped him of his military and charitable associations .
The Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (known as Ravec) assessed the security threat but decided it was still entitled to police bodyguards, reports the Daily Telegraph .
His decision will likely be seen as controversial following Prince Harry’s complaint to the High Court against the committee’s decision to deny him and his family automatic security while in the UK.
Prince Andrew, ninth in line to the throne, has agreed to a major financial settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who filed a lawsuit against him in the US claiming he sexually assaulted her three times in 2001, when she was 17 years old. been doctored by disgraced pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke has always denied any wrongdoing.
Initially it was suggested the settlement was to cost £12million, but reports last weekend claimed the prince’s lawyers had brokered a settlement between £3-5million.
The committee’s decision will mean Andrew will continue to have a personal protection officer whenever he leaves his home.
His property on the Windsor Estate has permanent security arrangements.
The cost of his personal protection is unknown, but has been estimated at between £500,000 and £3 million each year.
Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, had their royal security removed several years ago.
Other non-working royals, such as Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, do not receive protection as adults.
Prince Andrew was targeted by a number of intruders last year who tried to gain access to the Grade II listed Windsor home he shares with his estranged wife the Duchess of York.
In April, a 43-year-old Spaniard, who claimed to be “Irene Windsor”, was ushered into the property after telling security she had a lunch date with the Duke.
She was arrested on suspicion of burglary, then sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Days later, a 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested after they were found trespassing on the grounds.