Prince Andrew may have been granted a temporary pardon to mourn the loss of his beloved mother – but he remains persona non grata for the company.
Although Buckingham Palace is prepared to accommodate his presence at both Monday’s state funeral and the events leading up to it, there is little hope of a comeback once Queen Elizabeth has finally been laid to rest.
When his mother was alive, there was more tolerance for the king, who was referred to by some as her “favorite son”. Despite retiring from public life in November 2019 because of his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in disgrace, the Duke, 62, played a prominent role in accompanying the former monarch to Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.
It was his first public appearance since paying an undisclosed sum to settle a US civil sex abuse case brought by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims. He has denied the allegations.
The move was taken as a sign that the Duke still had maternal support.
It’s no secret that Andrew isn’t particularly close to his brother, the new king – and having helped orchestrate his eventual exit from royal life, it was always assumed that the duke was in the slimmed-down monarchy of Charles III. has no future.
But while he will feature prominently alongside his siblings in the coming days – and walk behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin – he is expected to retire once it’s all over to a life that’s well under the radar of the king is led.
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/prince-andrew-to-walk-behind-queen-elizabeths-coffin-next-week-but-will-then-disappear-from-the-public-eye-41980911.html Prince Andrew will walk behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin next week but will then disappear from public view