In mid-June, Prince Andrew appeared to be returning to his royal duties. On June 11, Buckingham Palace announced an unexpected decision to support Andrew. A palace source told the Sunday Times: “Thinking needs to be done about how to support the Duke as he tries to slowly rebuild his life in a different direction, away from the public eye.” Following the shocking news from Buckingham Palace, sources quit , who worked for Andrew, announced that the Duke of York would attend the ceremony of the Order of the Garter on 13 June. But the disgraced prince’s victory dance was short-lived.
The day after the Palace’s announcement, Prince Charles and Prince William blocked Andrew from the Order of the Garter event. Britain’s Sun reported that Charles and William persuaded Queen Elizabeth to change her mind, fearing a “backlash” from the public, by allowing Andrew to re-enter royal life. But a Buckingham Palace source told the Sun: “He’s insane if he thinks Charles or William will ever leave him behind. The Queen is the only person who will ever support Andrew.” Another source added: “His comeback battle is likely doomed.” The Duke of Cambridge is adamantly opposed to Andrew returning to official duties and questioned the Queen an ultimatum. A senior source told The Evening Standard: “The Duke of Cambridge has been adamant. If York insisted on attending publicly, he would withdraw.”
But the royal family has a strategy to keep Andrew in check, according to royal experts.
The royal family will “financially secure” Prince Andrew so he doesn’t talk
Royal experts claim the royal family will “financially protect” Prince Andrew. In an interview with True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat (via the Daily Mail), Newsweek royal correspondent Jack Royston and Ingrid Seward of Majesty Magazine spoke about the next steps for the Queen’s son. Seward said the royal family can’t sack Andrew outright because the Duke of York could wreak even bigger havoc on The Firm. Seward stated, “He’s going to have more trouble and start talking and doing television interviews and writing books.” The editor of Majesty Magazine added: “He will be financially secure but I would be very surprised if he kept the Royal Lodge.”
The Duke of York moved into his $36 million home in 2003, paying $1.2 million on a 75-year lease to live on the Windsor estate where his grandmother lived for years. Andrew married Sarah Ferguson, who divorced in 1996, but his ex-wife continues to live with the Duke. Royston said, “If the Queen isn’t here anymore, Charles won’t have a truck with Andrew trying to make a comeback.” Newsweek’s royal pundit added: “This will be over for him. It could be over already.” Andrew’s friendship with Jeffery Epstein, who allegedly sexually abused young girls, got the Duke into hot water. But after the Duke of York agreed with prosecutor Virginia Giuffre that millions should stay out of court, many assumed Andrew would disappear from public view.
The public does not want Prince Andrew to return to his official royal duties
According to Newsweek, YouGov reported that Prince Andrew’s approval rating has hit “rock bottom” as just 5% of Brits view him positively and 85% view Andrew negatively. In January, Queen Elizabeth severely beat Prince Andrew and stripped her son of all military titles and royal patronage over Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him. But two months after the Queen banished him from royal duties, Andrew escorted his mother to the memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey. On March 29, Vanity Fair reported that, to the dismay of many, Andrew was the focus of Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service. Omid Scobie, Royal Editor at Yahoo UK, tweeted: “Prince Andrew, who has assumed the self-proclaimed role of consort for the day, completely overshadowed a beautiful service.”
It seems everyone in England got the memo that no one wants Andrew back… except for the disgraced prince. Following Andrew’s efforts to return to royal life in June, an inside source told The UK Sun: “He was confident and optimistic that he could make a comeback.” Wrong. British TV presenter Vanessa Feltz railed against Andrew on “The Talk” (via Express). On June 20, Feliz ranted about the disgraced prince: “It’s really absolutely extraordinary and completely delusional. He’s only been banned for five months and thinks he can make a really great comeback and obviously has an appetite for the way he looks!”
Maybe someone should tell Andrew to read the room?