The Queen has effectively sacked Prince Andrew from Royal duties after discussing the Epstein scandal with Charles and summoning the distraught Duke of York.

She took decisive action to contain the fall-out from the duke's disastrous TV interview about his friendship with a paedophile billionaire.

He stepped down from public duties as the Queen stripped him of his £249,000 Sovereign Grant 'salary' amid the fall-out from his friendship with the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which the duke discussed in a disastrous Newsnight appearance. 

The interview triggered days of catastrophic headlines and caused a string of businesses and charities to desert him.

Following lengthy discussions with the Prince of Wales, who is touring New Zealand, the Queen summoned Andrew to Buckingham Palace and told him to step down.

As Andrew revealed he would be stepping down, the Queen put on a brave face as she presented Sir David Attenborough with an award for his Blue Planet II series at Chatham House

The Queen (left, meeting David Attenborough on Tuesday) and Charles (right, with Andrew at St Paul's Cathedral) decided the Duke of York should step down  

Prince Andrew (pictured during his car crash interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis) was told to step down from royal duties