Inside Prince Andrew’s bond with Prince Charles – tension and ‘dagger to heart’

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Senior royals are said to be “deeply shocked” by Prince Andrew’s decision to demand a trial by jury over sexual abuse allegations against him.

And it is thought that Andrew’s older brother Prince Charles is among those concerned by the latest twist in his legal battle.

The heir to the throne reportedly also played a major part in the decision to strip the Duke of York of his military titles and royal patronages earlier this month.

Despite being brothers, the pair had very different upbringings and have also had very different adult lives.

And it appears there have been several incidents – partly driven by Charles’ desire for a slimmed-down Monarchy – that have proven there has been tension between them…

different childhoods

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Charles is the eldest son of the Queen and the late Prince Philip with his birth coming in 1948.

Andrew was born in 1960 – meaning there is an age gap of 12 years, so the pair didn’t really grow up together.

But despite having the same parents, it seems that Charles and Andrew had very different experiences growing up.

Experts believe the Queen has long felt the weight of raising Charles to be the next king – but with Andrew, she is said to have a far more hands-on relationship.

Royal author Katie Nicholl told the documentary: “There is a real tension between Charles and Andrew. Andrew has a very different relationship with his mother and the Queen was much more hands-on.”

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell added: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favorite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes.”

While journalist Penny Junor said: “I think the Queen has always had a bit of a blind spot when it comes to Prince Andrew.”

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In the 1980s, both Princes were granted grand weddings when they wed their respective ex-wives – Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson.

Diana and Sarah had a close bond and they were often pictured chatting at events, such as Ascot.

They even took their children on skiing holidays together with Fergie frequently describing Diana as her best friend.

This meant Charles and Andrew also spent a lot of time together, with royal expert Katie Nicholl noting the brothers had “more companionship between them at that stage in their life than perhaps at any other.”

However, neither marriage lasted and both were divorced by 1996.

Slimmed-down monarchy

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As heir to the throne, Charles has spent his entire life preparing for the day he takes to the throne to become King.

And it’s long been reported that he plans for a slimmed-down monarchy with a team of seven senior royals – that doesn’t include Prince Andrew or his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

This came to a head in 2011, when Beatrice and Eugenie were stripped of their 24-hour taxpayer-funded security.

And one royal expert said Charles was forced to intervene in the debate about funding for Beatrice and Eugenie’s security after it caused a row behind palace walls.

It is thought the heir to the throne stepped in after the younger of his children racked up huge security costs as she traveled the world on her gap year.

A report published at the time suggested Eugenie spent more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money as she explored India, America, Thailand and South Africa.

Charles reportedly stepped in to control the spending, with royal author Angela Levin telling the program Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses? I have suggested the sisters didn’t need costly security as it’s unlikely they will ever become working royals.

The royals balcony appearance for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2019
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But Charles’s suggestion didn’t go down well and is said to have left Andrew furious.

Meanwhile another incident between the brothers also reportedly left Andrew angry.

It came in 2012 when the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and an appearance by the royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony was planned.

It was reported that Charles had a hand in the decision for only senior royals, such as the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, to appear on the balcony – leaving Andrew dismayed.

Royal expert Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail in 2012: “For Andrew, according to one close figure, being excluded from the balcony scene was a sudden and totally unexpected demotion from front-rank to peripheral royal. It was ‘like a dagger to his heart and he hasn’t got over it’.

“But this was a dramatic statement of intent by Charles, who long ago decided that when he is king the Royal Family would be ‘slimmed down’.

“But as a friend of the Duke of York says: ‘The speed and suddenness with which Charles has acted has taken Andrew’s breath away. It’s dreadfully high-handed.'”

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In 2019, Andrew gave a famous car crash interview with BBC Newsnight and spoke at length about his association with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew vehemently denied any accusations of wrongdoing over his links to Epstein, including allegations he had sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old.

In the days after the interview, his life began to change considerably and he stepped down from public duties.

After the sad death of his father Prince Philip, Andrew talked to television crews outside All Saints Chapel, Windsor Lodge, to express the feelings of the Royal Family.

He also very briefly appeared in a documentary about his father’s life in September.

However, it was reported in October that royal sources had claimed his siblings have ruled out any return back to public life for Andrew.

An insider told the Sunday Times that a meeting was held last January where Charles-along with Princess Anne and Prince Edward were in agreement that their brother should never be allowed to return to public life.

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Last year, Virginia Giuffre began the process of suing Andrew in a civil case in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

And earlier this month, a judge decided the Queen’s son will have to face a civil trial. Andrew vehemently denies all allegations.

Buckingham Palace then announced that Andrew would not undertake any public duties and that his military associations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

Charles is said to have had a hand in the decision to remove Andrew’s titles – along with his younger son William.

And royal expert Robert Jobson said they had no other choice.

He told the Mirror: “Prince Andrew will be devastated at the way he has been cut adrift by the royal family.

“But the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William – the main players in this shocking move – will feel they had no choice.”

After Buckingham Palace’s announcement, a reporter asked Charles a question about Andrew, but he didn’t answer.

Proceeding to trial

The latest news in Andrew’s legal battle came earlier this week when his legal team filed documents in New York stating he “hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint”

He also officially denied to the court a catalog of sex abuse allegations brought by his accuser.

And now it’s been reported that Charles, as well as William, are ‘shocked’ Andrew wants to fight his civil sex abuse case before a jury and are trying to persuade him to settle it quickly.

A royal source claimed senior royals were shocked at his decision to have a jury trial and fear it could make things worse.

They told The Sun: “After the car crash of Newsnight no-one thinks a seven-hour deposition is a good idea -if he were to appear in court it could be many times worse and senior royals were deeply shocked when they heard that he was demanding a jury trial.”

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