An anonymous senior military source told The Times of London that Andrew’s recent rail collision of an interview on the BBC was the impetus for the armed forces’ desire to rid themselves of the royal.

That Newsnight interview “came as a surprise to many of us who have also been in combat,” the source said. “It’s just not viable. It’s embarrassing to be represented by someone like that.”…

A Navy source cut through the divine right of doublespeak and said it made no sense for Andrew to keep the titles without doing the work:

As a service we would not be rushing to invite him to anything. It’s safe to say there have been grumbles and it seems likely that the post would be passed on.