Prince Andrew won’t be allowed prominent role in future royal events, expert claims

Prince Charles and William are planning to keep shamed Prince Andrew out of any upcoming royal events, a leading expert has claimed.

The Duke of York took centre-stage when he accompanied the Queen as she made her way to her seat at Prince Philip’s memorial service on Tuesday.

Disgraced Andrew clung to the arm of his 95-year-old mother, before escorting her to her chair at Westminster Abbey.

The Mirror reports that his prominent appearance shocked commentators after the Prince reportedly paid off his sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre in a £12million settlement just three weeks ago.

Fellow royals have accused him of worming his way back into the limelight, sources have claimed.

Prince Charles and William will not let Andrew be involved in future royal events, an expert has claimed

And critics saw the move as a brazen attempt by the 62-year-old Duke to slide back into the spotlight following the sex scandal.

Some believe his role was an attempt to test the water in a bid to be given the green light to appear at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer.

But respected royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams says this will not happen – adding that there is no way Prince Charles and William would accept Andrew playing any part in the celebrations.

He told the Mirror: “In terms of royal events, I don’t expect we will see Prince Andrew appear in the near future – if ever again.

“He won’t play any kind of a role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, of which I think we can be quite sure.

“Prince Charles and William will be totally opposed to it, it’s a non-starter.

“I do believe what we saw at Westminster Abbey was the Queen allowing him to physically support her after she supported him.

“It was an event he was always going to attend – let’s not forget, he has lost his father.”

Andrew being embroiled in the scandal is likely to kill off any chance of seeing his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie serve as full-time working royals, the expert says.

While the royal family will be slimmed down once Charles takes to the throne, there is a ‘gap’ – but that won’t be filled by the pair, he claims.

Beatrice has previously been employed by the Foreign Office and Sony Pictures. She later took on a role as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships within software company Afiniti.

Her younger sister Eugenie, meanwhile, is associate director of London art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Both women also work privately with charitable organisations, which include the Teenage Cancer Trust and Anti-Slavery International.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “We hear talk of the slimmed down monarchy but there are tremendous advantages – especially for royals involved with charity.

“Would they want to? I’m not sure they would. They are both happy, have families and also have a good work/life balance.

“I think, regardless, their names are automatically linked to their father. It’s unavoidable.”

Princess Beatrice broke down in tears during the service and was seen covering her face with an order of service before reaching into her handbag for a tissue.

According to body language expert Judi James, Beatrice’s “shocking” reaction to seeing her father and grandmother was markedly different to that of her younger sister Princess Eugenie.

Judi told the Mirror: “We saw how Beatrice became overwhelmed by tears after her father arrived with his mother and the Queen had taken her place in front of her, but Beatrice’s response as he first honed into view was equally shocking and more than a little puzzle.

“As the Queen and Andrew first walked level with the royals, Eugenie did appear to glance at an angle that meant she could see her father in her peripheral vision. After spotting him though she appeared to turn her gaze forward.”

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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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