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Prince Andrew, 60, served in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and instructor and as the captain of a warship. But his life was in danger when it was revealed the Argentine navy wanted to capture the Duke of York and kill him. Royal experts discussed Andrew’s involvement in the Falklands War on the Channel 5 documentary, ‘The Queen: Duty Before Family?’ as they noted the Queen made the right choice to push him to carry out his job which he had been trained to do.
Royal expert Dickie Arbiter said: “The Queen would have been the first to say he’s in the navy, he’s been trained to do a job at taxypayers expense, he stays in the navy and he goes to do that job.”
The narrator added: “The Argentine navy was determined to either capture or kill the Prince and destroy British morale.”
Royal Historian Hugo Vickers said: “A General said, ‘send on the little prince’ and of course if he had been kidnapped or indeed killed, the whole thing would have escalated a great deal more.”
Dr Anne Whitelock added: “Ultimately it was about duty and self-sacrifice and that is absolutely at the heart of what she believes both for herself and for her family and if that meant her son would be killed, that was the right thing to do.”
In the 10-week war, Andrew flew on multiple missions, including anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy and casualty evacuation.
At the time, Andrew was second-in-line to the throne behind his elder brother Prince Charles.
Andrew Morton, in his 1984 book “Andrew: The Playboy Prince”, previously wrote how the prince was determined to go to war, although then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had her “doubts”.
He said: “Mrs Thatcher was only too well aware of the extra risks the Queen’s son would face.
“He would be a prime target for attack, the one man every Argentinian soldier, sailor or airman would be gunning for.”
However, he continued: “Mrs Thatcher left Windsor in no doubt.
“Andrew would sail with the Task Force, whatever her own personal doubts.”
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The Channel 5 documentary went on to question whether the Queen will abdicate her throne.
Dr Whitelock said: “There is much speculation that the Queen might one day have to abdicate.
“I think there is no chance of the Queen abdicating.
“As she said at 21, whether her life short of long she remains committed to serving her people.”
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