Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biographer has claimed that the “ring of protection” around Prince Andrew from Buckingham Palace had been “confusing”.

Omid Scobie said the “threat to Brand Windsor and the family business” had “finally forced the institution’s hand” after the Queen removed his honorary military roles.

In an opinion piece published for The i, the co-author of the Sussexes' 2020 biography, Finding Freedom, compared Andrew’s issue to that of Megxit, saying there was “no sympathetic support behind palace walls for the Duke of Sussex”.

The Harper’s Bazaar royal editor-at-large added that Prince Harry “simply wanted to remove his family from an unhealthy environment” but was “publicly dragged over the coals and stripped of his every achievement and royal privilege before setting one foot out of the country”.

The author also pointed out in the opinion piece published on Monday that it was “a staggering 26 months before Andrew was dealt with” after his disastrous BBC interview in November 2019.

He wrote: “For the public watching this saga play out, the ring of protection around Andrew has been confusing, especially when you compare his treatment to Prince Harry, who – love or loathe him – simply wanted to remove his family from an unhealthy environment.

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“There was no sympathetic support behind palace walls for the Duke of Sussex. Instead, he was publicly dragged over the coals and stripped of his every achievement and royal privilege before setting one foot out of the country.

“The royal establishment has long spoken of its need to reflect modern-day ethics.

"But when the selfish behaviour of a pompous prince is quietly protected in a way that Harry wasn't, simply because Andrew doesn't challenge the system, it is clear that this is an institution whose moral compass is in desperate need of repair.”

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.

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