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Prince Philip was reportedly forced into distancing himself from his "poison" son Andrew in one of the "toughest decisions of his life," a royal expert has claimed.
Nigel Cawthorne, the author of Prince Andrew, Epstein and the Palace, told how the Duke of Edinburgh had to "play down" his son's role in the Royal Family during his upcoming 100th birthday celebrations.
He said the Queen's husband is "extremely fond" and "proud" of his son, but made the difficult decision in order to save the future of the Royal Family.
It comes after it was claimed Prince Andrew will be included "as little as possible" in his father's milestone birthday celebrations.
An insider has even claimed those working at the event have been asked not to feature prominently pictures of the Duke of York.
Nigel told ExpressOnline: "The decision to cut down Prince Andrew's role in the planned celebrations for his 100th birthday is one of the toughest decisions Prince Philip will have had to make in his life.
"He is extremely fond and very proud of his son and he will have given in to the media pressure with great displeasure.
"But he knows that Andrew's name is poison currently and that the survival of the monarchy requires that Buckingham Palace backs away from his son."
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Philip will turn 100 next year on June 10, with many events being planned for the historic event.
But a source told The Sun yesterday: "There is a warning from up high to play down Andrew. He will be included as little as possible.
"It's not whitewashing history because you can't leave him out entirely.
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"But it will not make a big deal of his relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh over the years."
Nigel added that with this latest announcement, "the loss of Prince Andrew's HRH title is highly likely merely a matter of time now".
Andrew, 60, stepped back from his public duties last November, days after a car crash interview with BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.
Aiming to defuse the controversy surrounding his former friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Duke was instead slammed for saying he didn't regret "as a whole" his association with the disgraced financier.
He was also accused of not expressing sympathy for the victims of Epstein.
Andrew, who wholly denies any wrongdoings, announced on November 20 in a personal statement he would temporarily step back from royal duties.
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