Prince Andrew spends hours slumped in front of giant TV as he longs for old life back


The Duke of York will reportedly miss out on the Christmas dinner of the Grenadier Guards Norfolk Dining Club tomorrow, after taking part in the event three years ago

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Prince Andrew reportedly spends hours in front of the TV

Prince Andrew is said to spend hours in front of a giant television as he is forced to miss events that used to be part of his daily life, an expert has claimed.

The Duke of York is said to be “incredibly stressed” ahead of the hearing in his sexual assault case on January 4.

Earlier this week, we reported that Andrew will not join the royal family for the main Christmas day church service at Sandringham, after deciding to “keep a low profile” over the festive period.

Now, royal expert Richard Kay claimed the Duke will also miss the annual Christmas dinner of the Grenadier Guards Norfolk Dining Club tomorrow, after taking part in the event three years ago.

The Duke of York will not join the royal family for the main Christmas day church service at Sandringham this year
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Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Kay claimed missing out on the event will be a “painful and lonely moment” for Prince Andrew, who stepped down from public duties following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

The expert wrote: “As the coffee and mince pies are passed around and old stories of derring-do exchanged, Andrew will be 150 miles away watching television at home in Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

“To a man whose whole life was once centred around the military, it is a poignant, painful and lonely moment.

“Andrew is an outsider, an outcast, in fact – not precisely shunned, but forced to avoid many of the people and places that mean most to him.”

The Duke has denied allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl on three occasions in 2001.

Andrew has been forced to miss out on events after stepping down from public duties two years ago
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A court date has been set for January 4 to determine whether Andrew will face a full trial in a US civil court against his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Royal sources told The Mirror that the Duke ordered his US legal team to “cancel Christmas” and concentrate on the upcoming hearing.

According to insiders, he is “totally consumed” with the legal battle and has been staying up into the night to keep in constant conversation with his California-based lawyers.

Andrew is accused of “rape in the first degree” amid claims he forced Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, to have sex with him three times in 2001 while she was trafficked around the world by the royal’s late paedophile pal Epstein.

In August she sued the Queen’s son for unspecified damages which could run into millions of pounds if she is successful.

A source said: “The tension in the camp is palpable. No one is really sure what Andrew’s involvement is other than asking a lot of questions, but he spends his days and nights poring over documents.

“He is totally consumed by it, keeping most irregular working hours so he can be in contact with his team.

“He was particularly stressed a few days ago and was heard remonstrating with one of the team.

“The feeling was he was telling them to effectively cancel Christmas and get totally across all the eventualities of what could happen in the case so there are, as he put it, ‘no more surprises’.

“It’s very much a last ditch attempt to get the case thrown out and if that doesn’t succeed he knows they are all potentially in it for the long haul.”




www.mirror.co.uk

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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