In the British royal family, the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is Prince Andrew The Duke of York. He has as his siblings: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Just like his siblings, The Duke of York performs a lot of duties in the service of the Queen.
In this article, you will find out all that we know about his career, personal life, net worth and the controversies that he has been muddled up in. But before all that, here are his birth details.
Prince Andrew The Duke of York was born on the 19th of February 1960 in the Belgian Suite of Buckingham Palace. He was baptized on the 8th of April 1960 by Geoffrey Fisher, the then Archbishop of Canterbury. To date, Prince Andrew is the only child born to a reigning monarch only after Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest child born in the year 1857.
In line with the family tradition and as was done for his two elder siblings, Prince Andrew was looked after by a governess who was responsible for his early education in Buckingham Palace. When he got older, he was sent to Heatherdown School situated near Ascot in Berkshire where he studied for a while before moving over to Gordonstoun, in northern Scotland. He then went on an exchange program to Lakefield College School in Canada. Following his return from Canada, the prince graduated in 1979 after which he enrolled at the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
After completing and passing several military tests at Britannia Royal Naval College, Prince Andrew The Duke of York enrolled at the Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming for elementary flight training. He thereafter had his basic flight training with HMS Seahawk and it was here that he learned how to fly the Gazelle helicopter, Sea King helicopter and also served with the 820 Naval Air Squadron aboard the HMS Invincible which is an aircraft carrier.
Other Facts About The Duke of York
1. Military Career (His Involvement in the Falklands War)
In the course of his military career which lasted from 1978–2001, the Falklands war for the Falkland Islands broke out between Britain and Argentina in the year 1982. HMS Invincible which Prince Andrew was serving aboard was operational at the time and thus got deployed for the war with its troop.
However, for fear of having the Queen’s son killed in combat or stealthily by the Argentines, the British Government and its Cabinet decided and instructed that Prince Andrew remain on the ship and take charge of a desk job while the war lasted. He thus served as the co-pilot of Sea King helicopter and was involved in less dangerous missions like anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, search and air rescue, Exocet missile decoy, transport, and casualty evacuation.
2. Charity Courses
Just like other members of his family, Prince Andrew The Duke of York is involved with several charity organizations. Since 1999, he has been the chairman of Outward Bound Trust, a charity organization that works to instill leadership qualities in young people. In the same vein, he is also involved with Fight for Sight and Women’s Interlink Foundation (WIF). Fight for Sight is a UK funded charity organization that does research and finds solutions to blindness and eye disease while WIF empowers women with skills that can earn them income.
3. Prince Andrew’s Wife and Children
Prince Andrew The Duke of York first dated American photographer and actress – Kathleen Norris Stark who is more popularly known as Koo Stark sometime from 1981 to 1983. However, due to pressure from the media and the British royal palace, the duo split.
In the year 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah, Duchess of York (Sarah Margaret Ferguson) a British writer, film producer, TV personality and charity patron. In the course of their marriage, the couple had Beatrice Elizabeth Mary (born on August 8, 1988) Princess Beatrice of York and Eugenie Victoria Helena (born on March 23, 1990) Princess Eugenie of York.
However, beyond what was publicly seen as a blossoming union, their marriage began to wobble. In 1992, they announced plans to separate and on My 30, 1996 Prince Andrew The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York got divorced.
4. The Duke of York’s Net worth and Income Source
Jointly, the British royal family has a net worth of about $88 billion which is above £72 billion. The richest member of the royal family is Queen Elizabeth II with a net worth of about $530 million. Prince Andrew The Duke of York on his own part has a net worth of about £32 million which is above $38 million.
The Duke of York earns his income from the Queen as payment for the discharge of his services to the throne. The royal family’s income mainly comes from the government via taxes and income from their private estates.
Prince Andrew The Duke of York has been involved in a few controversies which have to some extent smeared his image in the public. He was accused of corruption in his 2010 dealing with Kazakhstan after Timur Kulibayev, Kazakhstan President’s billionaire son-in-law paid the Duke’s representative millions in excess of the asking price for his Sunninghill Park, Surrey mansion.
To add to this, his friendship with the now late American billionaire and convicted sex offender Jefferey Epstein has also been brought into question. A 2001 photograph showed him with a teen who later came out to accuse Jeffrey of exploiting her sexually. To add to this, after Jeffrey served his jail time (18 months), the two men were pictured together again sometime in 2011.