The Queen has stripped disgraced economist Vicky Pryce of an official honour for taking speeding points accrued by her former husband Chris Huhne.

Pryce was stripped of her Companion of the Order of the Bath, after a committee acting on behalf of the monarch deemed she was no longer worthy of the honour.

The independent Forfeiture Committee decided that Pryce, who was jailed for taking Huhne's points, had brought the title into disrepute should therefore be stripped of the honour.

Its recommendation was passed to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who gave her approval.

An official announcement read: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of Vicky, Mrs Pryce, to be a Member of the Civil Division of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, dated June 13 2009, shall be cancelled and annulled and that her name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

Pryce, formerly joint head of the UK's Government Economic Service, was jailed earlier this year for perverting the course of justice by taking points on behalf of her ex-husband, a former Liberal Democrat MP, in 2003.

During her trial Pryce maintained that Huhne made her take the speeding points, as he had already accrued nine points on his licence. She claimed her then-husband completed a form in her name and made her sign it, taking responsibility for the points.

Both Huhne and Pryce were released from prison in May 2013 after serving only a fraction of their respective sentences. Shortly after her release Pryce appeared before a House of Lords inquiry into the eurozone economic crisis, wearing an electronic tag.

She is currently writing a book on the human and economic cost of keeping women in prison.