Royal watcher Amanda Matta has revealed that it took Buckingham Palace two years to address Andrew's alleged transgressions seriously despite their “swift and exhaustive” retribution against Prince Harry who married Meghan Markle, an outspoken Black American woman.

"The royal family will only be proactive in doling out consequences for those it sees as seriously undermining their image," Matta, who uploads educational content about the royal family on TikTok, said. She currently has at least 612,000 followers.

"They didn't take the allegations about Andrew as seriously as they took Harry and Meghan's departure... until it became clear that Andrew's behavior wasn't able to be swept under the rug," the royal expert added per Insider.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their step back from royal duties in January 2020, citing financial independence as the reason. Later that year, the Sussexes stopped using their HRH titles as the Queen removed their royal patronages and military titles in Januart=y 2021.

Two years later, the palace moved to oust the Duke of York the same way it did Harry and Meghan.

Although Prince Andrew stepped back from royal life in November 2019 before the Sussexes, his royal privileges were only removed a year after Harry and Markle's. Earlier this year, Andrew was stripped of royal patronages and military titles after he was faced with a sexual-assault lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre, Al Jazeera noted.

The alleged victim claimed that Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince when she was 17. A royal has long denied the allegations, previously insisting he never met Giuffre. Both parties would then reach an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum on Feb. 15, with Andrew maintaining his innocence.

"Prince Andrew is the Queen's son and has stressed to the Queen along with the rest of the family that he is not guilty of what he is being accused of — which is why his exit has not been so abrupt," royal commentator Kinsey Schofield explained. "Harry and Meghan chose to leave, and they chose to leave when they did and how they did.”

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Harry could still fly to London for the memorial of his beloved grandfather, Prince Philip, amid his bid to have security measures put in place for his family when they touch down in his homeland.

It comes amid confirmation that next month’s event is covered by state security since the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William will be in attendance, according to Page Six.

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Shortly after their royal exit in 2020, the Sussexes inked a multi-year podcast partnership with Spotify and have only released at least one podcast episode, a “holiday special” in December 2020. Bryan R. Smith/Getty Images

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