Prince Andrew was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1960, ten years after the birth of Princess Anne. Like the Queen herself, Andrew is known for his love pranks and practical jokes, however he went a step too far in 1984. Journalist Sue Arnold, writing in Vanity Fair in 1986, describes the time the Queen and the “furious” Duke of Edinburgh “finally read the riot act” to their second-born son.
Ms Arnold writes: “Andrew’s romantic escapades, together with some much publicised midshipman japes (he has a penchant for practical jokes), earned him the reputation of Royal Lout-About-Town, a label that saddened his mother and annoyed his father.
“Secretly, however, Prince Philip admires Andrew’s macho action-man image – it reminds him of his own youth.”
She continues: “It was only after the famous paint-spraying episode on an official visit to California, when Andrew doused a row of photographers with white paint, that his parents finally read the riot act.”
The New York Times reported at the time: “Wiping his hands on a piece of newspaper afterward, [Andrew] said: ‘I enjoyed that.’”
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh; the Duke of York
The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew together in 2016
However, Ms Arnold continues: “The Duke of Edinburgh put in a furious transatlantic telephone call advising his second son to ‘pull his finger out’ and grow up.
“He was effectively confined to barracks and spent a chastened summer holiday cruising with his parents on the royal yacht off the Scottish coast.”
Andrew was also caught up in a “major row” during his days training at the prestigious Dartmouth Naval college, when he and other students caused mayhem during a charity race.
However, his youthful japes were not the last time the Queen “read the riot act” to her second son.
Channel 5’s “Paxman on the Queen’s Children”, which originally aired in February, describes how, by Christmas 1995, the Queen had had enough of the oft-publicised turmoil in both her eldest sons’ marriages.
Jeremy Paxman explains: “Her Majesty had a plan to take back control from her wayward children.”
Mr Paxman speaks to veteran royal reporter Phil Dampier, who broke the news of the Queen issuing an “ultimatum” to her eldest sons.
Mr Dampier says: “The Queen had summoned her children to what you can only describe as a summit, at Sandringham.
“The monarchy itself was in peril, it was at such a low ebb.
“It was in such a terrible state that they had to do something.
“That was the turning point when the Queen said, enough is enough, you must now divorce. We have to draw a line under this.
“Someone overheard the conversation, they’d discussed the fact that she was telling Charles and Andrew that they needed to get divorced.”
Mr Paxman adds: “Having been read the riot act by mummy, both Charles and Andrew were divorced within months.”
Sarah and Andrew would be the first to finalise their divorce in May 1996, with the Duchess of York reportedly receiving a lump sum settlement of £3million and £15,000 a year.
Diana and Charles would follow in August 1996, with the Princess of Wales receiving a lump sum settlement of £17million and £400,000 a year.
Both royal women lost the use of the title “Her Royal Highness” post-divorce, with Fergie now being known simply as “Sarah, Duchess of York”.
Prince Andrew on the 1984 trip to California that caused the royal row
Prince Andrew’s “loutish” image was rehabilitated when married Sarah Ferguson in 1986
Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have faced some strains in their relationship over the years, too.
Royal expert Robert Jobson, speaking to Vanity Fair in 2011, said: “When Charles ascends the throne – which he will do despite all the talk to the contrary – he’d like the Royal Family to be streamlined; he wants a smaller, more cost-effective monarchy.”
However, Mr Jobson said Charles’ efforts – which would see Andrew and his family excluded from the world-famous Buckingham Palace balcony appearance in the Queen’s Jubilee cebrations of 2012 – also played on Andrew’s fears about his daughters’ futures.
He continued: “Andrew has made a tremendous effort to keep Beatrice and Eugenie close to the Queen in order to assure their future as fully paid-up members of the Firm, as the Royal Family is called.”
Added to this, a source speaking to royal correspondent Emily Andrews in 2016 said: “[Andrew] believes his daughters are being overshadowed by William, Kate and Harry and it will get worse as Prince George and Princess Charlotte get older.
“He fears that they will be totally sidelined when the Queen dies.”
They added: “Andrew has always wanted his daughters to be full-time royals.
“He sees it as a slight on him and them if they are not.
“But Charles calls the shots and he wants the Royal Family giving value for money.”
Meanwhile, the Queen is said to have one “complaint” about her favourite son.
Ingrid Seward, in her 1991 book “Sarah: HRH The Duchess of York”, writes: “The Queen used to complain that she had no control over her second son and would delegate the task of getting him to do what was required to Charles.
“[Charles] in turn would complain that he did not have any control over him either.”