Prince Andrew left Prince Charles, Prince William and millions around the world stunned as he emerged front and center with his mother the Queen just weeks after settling his sex assault civil case
Shamed Prince Andrew won’t be involved in any future royal events if Prince Charles and William get their way, a leading royal experts suggests.
The Duke of York has been accused by his fellow royals of worming his way back in to the limelight by manipulating his position, sources have claimed.
He had been expected to keep a low profile but left commentators stunned when he took centre-stage on Tuesday as he accompanied the Queen to Prince Philip’s memorial service.
Disgraced Andrew clung to the arm of his 95-year-old mother, before escorting her to her chair at Westminster Abbey.
Andrew reportedly paid off his accuser Virginia Giuffre £12million in a settlement that was not an admission of guilt just three weeks ago. The Duke has always strenuously denied Ms. Giuffre’s allegations.
Critics saw the move as a brazen attempt by the 62-year-old Duke to slide back into the spotlight following the sex scandal.
It has been suggested that her so-called favorite are tested the water and saw it as a ‘springboard’ to be given the green light to appear at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer.
That will not happen, according to respected royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.
In fact, he says there is just 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 that I think we can be quite sure.
“Prince Charles and William will be totally apposed 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.
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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.
“Beatrice, however, seemed to already have her face hidden by her order of service. She performed this total face-covering, shielding ritual after her tears once the Queen and her father were in position, but hiding her face as they walked in would have sent out a very complicated message.
“For everyone aware of the sisters’ tendency to loyalty this would have been seen as hiding tears of relief and joy at what looked like his re-appearance in public but when we face-hide we can also suggest shame, making this a risky public gesture.
“When we next saw Beatrice she seemed to have been sucking her thumb in what could have been a bid to self-comfort and avoid more tears. But they came anyway and Edo turned his head to watch with a caring, parental-looking smile as she searched for a hankie and face-hid.”