Prince Andrew was absent on his planned return to high-profile royal events on Monday – after brother heir to the throne Prince Charles reportedly intervened to ban him from appearing.
The disgraced royal, 62, is rumored to join other senior royals on Monday in the flamboyant Order of the Garter parade.
But he was banned from attending at the very last moment after his 72-year-old brother was among those who pressured their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to stop him from attending, according to reports. many British reports.
Charles and his eldest son Prince William, second in line, have persuaded the 96-year-old Queen that Andrew’s appearance would spark a ‘backlash’ given the ongoing sex scandal over his links to the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, said The Telegraph.
William and Charles, wearing feathered hats, attended the flamboyant parade on Monday, joined by their wives, Catherine and Camilla, and many other royals attending a service in St George’s Chapel.
Andrew was then pictured looking sullen as he made his way to Windsor Castle alone after the parade – which the Royal Family calls ‘one of the most traditional ceremonies on the Queen’s calendar’.
A Buckingham Palace source confirmed to Reuters that Andrew’s last-minute no-show was a “family decision”.
“It was a decision taken by the household in the best interests of the family but also in the best interests of the Duke of York,” a source also told The Sun.
It was particularly timely, however, as it came just a day after UK reports said Andrew expected to be able to return to royal duties and even reclaim his stripped titles.
He was pressuring his mother to return to being His Royal Highness as well as ‘Prince of the Blood’ and believes her position should be ‘recognized and respected’, a source told The Sunday Telegraph.
“He was confident and optimistic he can make a comeback,” the Sun’s source insisted of the disgraced Duke.
“His comeback fight is probably doomed. He’s delusional if he thinks Charles or William will ever let him back,’ the source told the British newspaper.
Andrew has been sidelined since being kicked out of royal duties at the end of 2019 after his disastrous attempts to deny knowing longtime accuser Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was coerced into having affairs sex with him at the request of Epstein and Madame Ghislaine Maxwell.
He lost most of his titles – including “His Royal Highness” – in February shortly after settling with Giuffre out of court to end his sexual abuse lawsuit against him, filed in Manhattan.
Sources told the Post that the settlement was for $12 million and included a statement from the disgraced prince accepting that his accuser “suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unjust public attacks”.
“Jeffrey Epstein is known to have trafficked countless young girls over many years. Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others,” it said. -he adds.
With post wires