Prince Andrew, Duke of York reportedly held secret talks with the Queen last week about his future in performing royal duties
Prince Andrew will return to royal duties on Monday after talks with the Queen, it has been claimed.
The 62-year-old Duke of York is believed to be appearing alongside senior members of the royal family at the Garter Day service at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.
And that’s despite Andrew recently paying Virginia Giuffre a multimillion-pound settlement to keep her sexual abuse allegations, which he denies, out of court. He has consistently denied wrongdoing and the settlement did not include an admission of guilt.
But regarding Andrew’s planned Garter Day appearance, a senior royal source told The Sunday Times the Duke intends to “slowly rebuild his life” in the wake of the controversy.
The source tells Sunday times : “At some point, of course, you have to think about how you can support the duke when he is trying to slowly rebuild his life in a different direction away from the public eye. There is, of course, a genuine awareness and sensitivity to public sentiment.
“There’s also the realization that the task of supporting him as he begins to rebuild his life will be the first step on a long journey and shouldn’t be played out in the public spotlight every day.”
Andrew missed the platinum anniversary celebrations as he tested positive for Covid.
Since then, the father-of-two has reportedly met with the Queen behind the scenes to discuss his future.
But the Garter Day service, famed for its pageantry and royal knights and ladies in plumed hats and velvet robes, is an important annual procession.
So it is said that Andrew will be present at the high-profile event, despite stepping down from royal duties and having his military titles stripped from him late last year.
However, a Palace source had said: “The Duke is delusional if he believes what happened (at Westminster Abbey at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in March) means he has a chance to resume a public role .”
Andrew had accompanied the Queen to Westminster Abbey and escorted the monarch to her place at the funeral service.
Andrew denies allegations against him and the comparison to Ms Giuffre, 38, is not an admission of guilt.
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