WITH the Queen’s death, Prince Andrew’s exile from the working monarchy looks certain to be permanent.
Charles is now the new king and any decision about Andrew, who has fallen out of favor after paying millions in a civil sexual assault case, will fall to him, no doubt in consultation with his eldest son and heir, the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge.
Royal author Robert Jobson wrote that, unlike Charles, William cut off all contact with his uncle.
“There will be no public role or comeback for York if the Duke of Cambridge has anything to say on the matter – and I can assure you he does,” a source told Jobson.
“He should be banned as far as Prince William is concerned.”
But Andrew’s place in the family remains as the royals mourn the loss of their matriarch.
He rushed to his mother’s bedside in Balmoral on Thursday and was joined by Charles, the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Camilla, now Queen Consort.
Charles will have to decide whether to finance his brother’s lifestyle like the Queen has.
Andrew is believed to have received an annual salary from the Queen’s private Duchy of Lancaster of £21million a year.
The duchy’s assets are held in trust for the sovereign and are now under Charles’s control.
Questions are also being asked about Andrew’s home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, which is part of the Crown Estate and is also home to his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.
The Duke signed a 75-year lease on the mansion in 2003 but could potentially receive millions of dollars in compensation for the renovation costs he’s undertaken if he gives up the 31-bedroom home.
There will also likely be further calls for Andrew to be stripped of his duchy, severing his connection with the City of York. But peerages can only be removed by an Act of Parliament – although there are also limited circumstances in which the holder may waive hereditary peerages.
Andrew also remains in the line of succession and is still a Councilor of State.
Andrew, who is mourning the loss of his mother, will appear at the Queen’s funeral and is likely to process behind her coffin and attend a vigil with his siblings while he lies in state.
He probably wants to pay a public tribute to the Queen in front of the camera, just like he did for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.
But Charles and William are expected to want the aftermath of the Queen’s funeral to signal the end of Andrew’s public appearances.
The scenes at Westminster Abbey in March 2022 at Philip’s memorial service left commentators appalled at the Duke’s prominent role following his public controversies.
As Andrew walked alongside his mother, the Queen grabbed his elbow as she carefully and slowly moved to her seat.
Just a few weeks before The Duke had paid Virginia Giuffre millions out of courta woman he claimed never met who was suing him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 and trafficked by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew had already resigned from public office following his disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019, in which he showed no remorse for his friendship with Epstein and showed no sympathy for the financier’s victims.
As Giuffre’s lawsuit gathered momentum, the Queen, at the urging of William and Charles, eventually moved to strip her second son of his honorary military titles in January 2022 and ban him from using his HRH style with his birthright.
Andrew had been booted out of the monarchy.
But his key role at his father’s funeral showed he was welcome to the Queen on family occasions, even on major TV broadcasts.
This is said to have met with dismay from Charles and William, and there were concerns that Andrew would seek a return to national life, particularly at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
He ended up staying behind closed doors for the anniversary, after I signed Covid.
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